Simple Tips That Make Moving In Together a Breeze

Apartment Life | Feb 04, 2019

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Home Sweet Home Doormat With Boxes and Two Pairs of Shoes
His and Her's shoes and boxes gathered in the entryway of their home.

The phrase “just get it over with” may have been coined to describe the process for couples moving in together. At the same time, moving can be pretty exciting. Whether it’s taking the big step of moving in together with a partner, or moving with a new roommate, moving isn’t all bad. It’s just a matter of getting through the not-so-fun parts. So here are six things you and your partner can do to keep your stress levels down, remain close, and sail through the moving-in-together process.

Reserve Your Time

It’s important to set aside more time than you think you’ll need to plan, pack, clean, arrange, and shuffle. Break down the process into achievable goals for what you both want to accomplish each day or week, it is also vital to have open communication. This type of planning makes an intimidating task easier and can help avoid arguments and stress. Plus, you won’t be finding yourself pulling all-nighters spent taping boxes or scouring the oven with this time-saving plan.

One Box at a Time

It’s daunting to look at all your stuff, your partner’s stuff and reconcile the fact that you have to squeeze it into a truck. But the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and the journey of a successful move together begins with a single box. So keep chugging along and before you know it, you’ll be staring at an empty apartment.

Purge

Moving in together is the perfect opportunity to cut the junk. Less clutter always means less stress. So if you haven’t used that juicer in a while, it’s time to say adios. If you forgot you even had a pair of snowshoes, see you later. As you go, decide what you should sell, donate, and trash. If you’re in the Austin area, Goodwill of Central Texas offers donation pick-up schedules. For items, especially clothes, that you want to sell, Buffalo Exchange is a great resource, and they have locations throughout the country, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Denver.

Organization is your Friend

When you’re literally reducing everything you own to a group of boxes, the tidier you are, the better. Label your boxes with room destinations, that way you’ll know where everything goes when you move in together. Also, when it’s time to load the truck, try to have items and boxes staged according to how you want to load them. For instance, you’ll want to put heavy boxes on the bottom, so group them together.

Plan ahead

The nightmare scenario is that you end up with a pick-up truck when you needed a 24-foot moving truck. So don’t dilly-dally when it comes to making arrangements. Reserve your truck weeks or months in advance, especially during the summer, which is usually prime moving time. Don’t forget to book a cleaning service or plan your route if you’re moving across the country. The more you do together ahead of time, the better off and relaxed you’ll both be.

Hire the professionals

If it’s within your budget, hire movers. Nothing relieves the stress like knowing that you have pros who understand the ins and outs of getting your stuff from A to B. If you’re moving in or around the Seattle area, check out Eco Movers, or if you’re heading to the Rocky Mountain region, Local Moving is the way to go.

Don’t let moving in together stress you out. Use these tips and you’ll be ready and relaxed for that big moving day.

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