We are moving in a few days and that has made our summer really hectic! I am going to share some moving tips that have helped keep me sane during a really crazy time! Plus I have an AWESOME money and time-saving tip at the end that YOU HAVE to SEE!! It is something special for my readers!!
Our Crazy Move Story
We were fortunate to get a contract on our house after only a month on the market. Unfortunately it was a contingency contract and we didn't know when our buyer's home would sell. So we decided to proceed with life normally knowing it could take a long time.
I had booked a trip with my teenage daughter for early July and of course…right after I bought the plane tickets the buyer's house sold. Guess what…we were closing the DAY AFTER we got back from our trip. I hadn't packed ANYTHING yet….to say I was stressed was an understatement. I even had an eye twitch for a day or two! 🙂
So to make a long story short…I had to pack in a big hurry before our trip and during that time we also had a 4th of July party at our house with about 25 people! While I was out-of-town my husband called and said that the closing date had been pushed back so that gave me a little breathing room when we got back! Here are some of the moving tips that have helped me get through this summer move and saved me time!
Packing and Moving Tips
Have a Moving Sale Prior to Your Move
If you have the time and know you are planning to move….start sorting stuff early and have a big moving sale. This will decrease the amount of “stuff” you have to pack and take with you. Really look at your belongings and be willing to LET GO of items that aren't used regularly.
As soon as we decided we were going to put our house on the market I started going through as much as I could. I had a big garage sale this past spring and got rid of a lot of stuff! My rule was that anything that didn't sell was going to be donated…I took nothing home!! You can read how I made over $1000 at that garage sale!!
Don't Underestimate How Long Packing Actually Takes
Packing is time-consuming. It takes a lot more time than most newbies realize. Plan accordingly and make sure you allow yourself the time necessary to pack properly. You don't want to have to just throw your belongings into a garbage bag because you ran out of time!
Don't Underestimate How Many Boxes You Will Need
We have a LOT of stuff…way too much stuff and that is even after my big garage sale. My in-laws moved last year and had saved some of their boxes which they kindly gave us. I bought 60 more boxes from U-haul. We got more boxes from local businesses and I had quite a few plastic tubs. It never seemed to be enough. Items that are odd shapes take up a lot of room. Items that are breakable have to be packed carefully. You will need a LOT of boxes…get more then you ever think you could possibly need and that may be enough, LOL!
Don't Forget Your Pets on Moving Day
If you have pets you may need to make special arrangements on moving day. Moving can be really stressful for pets. We have 2 cats and they never go outside. I remember when we moved 8 years ago it was the first time they had been outside since they were kittens and we first adopted them. It occurred to me that I needed to have pet carriers available on moving day and be ready to introduce our fur balls to their new home! There are some moving tips that help us humans…and others that help our animal friends, LOL!
Make Good Use of Your Limited Time
Our move has been delayed 3 times and because of these delays we are now getting close to school starting. When we get moved we have a lot of painting and unpacking to do. I honestly don't have time to do a lot of school shopping with my elementary aged daughter. I have looked at my calendar and come to terms with my limited time!! I am being realistic about what I can and can't get done before I head back to work!!
One thing that is helping me save time during this crazy busy summer is Google Express. I love finding ways to save time and money and Google Express fits both of those needs for me! I plan on using Google Express to cut out a lot of time-consuming errands so I can focus on my family and new home!
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My daughter was so excited to get her new shoes! I was excited because I didn't have to listen to her ask when the shoes would be here for a week or longer…they arrived in 2 days!!
I want to help my readers try out Google Express too! I was thrilled that Google Express was willing to give me a special offer for my readers!! Woot Woot!! Who doesn't love to try a new service and get a special deal??
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I can honestly say that moving is NO FUN, but sometimes it just has to be done! Following these moving tips will help you be ahead of the game and hopefully it won't be too torturous! Let me know what you are able to do with the time that Google Express saves you! I was able to get some back to school shopping done while I packed and moved boxes!! 🙂 Plus I would love to hear what your favorite moving tips are!!
I was given a voucher to try Google Express in exchange for my honest evaluation of the service that you read about above! All thoughts are 100% my own!
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I have moved so many times I can’t count that high LOL. I’ve never heard of Google express it’s probably something I should look into for Christmas.
It will definitely be a huge money saver for Christmas shopping!
so essentially, google express is like amazon prime? It’s great to have other options out there for must have now items.
It is similar to Amazon Prime except you get the free shipping to LOTS of different stores…not just Amazon! I can’t wait to do a lot of online ordering for Christmas with Google Express!
Packing can be stressful. I have moved so many times in my life, that I think the reason I have lived i this house for so long is I cant take another packing schedule! ☺
Liz Mays says
Oh no! Last-minute packing and moving must have been stressful. I like your advice and Google Express sounds great!
Thanks..you should try Google Express out for sure! A real time saver!
Elizabeth O. says
It’s definitely stressful to move. It’s important to pack ahead of the designated moving date and to make lists. I remember having to move in a rush as well, it wasn’t easy and we ended up unpacking for so much longer!
Yes…I am still unpacking and unpacking and unpacking!
Cindy Ingalls says
Never underestimating how long it will take you to pack or how many boxes you need is so true. The last time I moved, I ordered a moving package from Uhaul, which came right to my door. I even made sure to order extra packing supplies because you never know.
Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy Blog says
We had to move just a couple of months ago with a newborn, eek!! These are great tips, saving them for our next move!
Moving with a new baby is NO fun!!
Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat says
Oh, I wish I have read this before we moved in. These are really nice tips!
Movi g is never fun. I always pack my dishes in my towels,blankets, and sheets. This has served me well in the past and it keeps my dishes from breaking. Plus they are clean.
That is a great idea!
Nikki Wayne says
These are really helpful tips and I like the way you wrote this post. I will share this with a friend, she will be moving soon.
Thanks Nikki, hope your friend’s move goes smoothly!
Nicole Haas Etolen says
I will never forget about my pets, they have their boxes too. These are really stress-free moving tips.
Packing really does take a lot longer than you anticipate. And so does labeling the boxes (but it’s oh so worth it to do so).
Great tips! Thanks for sharing them up!
Cynthia X says
How soon do you receive the referral credit after your friend enrolled using your code? Several of my friends have enrolled, and I have yet to see an email or credits in my Google Express account
You should get an email from Google Express once your referrals make their first purchase. Hope you get lots of referral credits!!