Moving is one of life’s biggest hassles, especially when you have limited or no moving help. If you’ve found yourself preparing to move without the aid of family, friends or a professional moving company, your best bet is to begin moving into your new place slowly.
Make a Time Line
Hopefully if you’ve found yourself in this predicament you’ve given yourself a cushion of time to transition into the new place. Whether you have a week of overlap or an entire month, plan out day by day or week by week when and what you’re going to pack up and move. A time line is especially critical for larger furniture items. Even if you don’t have a designated moving team composed of friends and family, you can surely enlist a friend or coworker to help you move a table or sofa one afternoon. People are less likely to want to sign up for an entire day of lifting and carrying than they are to lend a helping hand for an hour or so. Find out when people are available to help you with individual items. Moving furniture first will take the weight off of your shoulders, as boxes of items will be much simpler to move by yourself if you get into a time crunch.
Pack Everything So It’s Ready to Go
Even if you aren’t planning to move certain items right away, it’s in your best interest to have as much of your stuff packed as possible. When help presents itself in the form of a friend with a truck or van one afternoon, you want to make full use of the extra hands. If nothing is packed and ready to go, you’re essentially wasting manpower and creating more work for yourself. Have most things boxed up and ready to be moved even if you have a month or better to go.
Move Room By Room
Moving furniture as soon as possible should be a priority. Given that, you’ll also want to move items from certain rooms before others. Depending on whether you’re staying in your old apartment during the transition or going ahead and moving into the new place, the items in your bedroom and bathroom will be either the first or last things to go. Some rooms, like the dining room or the living room, contain non-essential items and furnishings. It’s best to pack them and get them out of the way.
Make Trips on Your Own
Even if you have all of the help in the world, you’d still have to make several trips to and from your new place with a car full of belongings. Moving isn’t fun, but it has to get done. Schedule your trips. Plan to take a trunk full (or more) to your new place every other day. Move your light weight belongings on your own. Have friends and family help you with the heavier items.
Moving with limited help is difficult, but it isn’t impossible. Stay organized and motivated and you’ll make it happen. If you get discouraged, just think about all money you’ll save!
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.