Post # 1
We’ll be moving soon and although as a student I moved some things, this is going to be my first real move; to another continent. It is not a house, but a two bedroom flat. Has any of you any experience, tips or things you think I should know beforehand?
I began to write down our inventory and we plan to sell some things, give some to his parents and take the rest with us.
Post # 2
I’ve moved A LOT in the past 5 years. All within the same city, so that made it easier, but it was still a pain! Here are some tips that I learned
– When you start pack a bag as if you are going on vacation. Pack enough stuff for a week or two and keep it in your suitcase. That will help you at the end, because everything you need will be packed up in a different space. So everything else in the house can be packed. I didn’t do this until my last move, and it made all the difference in the world at the end!
– Go room by room. It is a lot easier to pack one room with all the stuff together, and it makes it so much easier to unpack as well. Plus you won’t get overwhelmed with there being “so much to pack!” if you do one room a night, it goes pretty quickly/easily. Then clean that room right away so you don’t have to worry about cleaning the whole space later.
– As you’re packing create a donate/sell box/bag/pile. Get rid of things as you are packing them. If you were on the fence about getting rid of something before, having to pack it really shows you whether you want it or not.
– Just donate the “random items” box. Every time after a move there are those random items that seem to not have a place and end up in one box. Trust me, they just end up staying in that box. If they don’t have a home, donate them.
Post # 3
Purge before you pack and move. It is silly to pay to move things you don’t use/wear now, and won’t use/wear later.
Unless items have tremendous emotional importance, consider getting rid of many things. It will cost more to move a sofa for example, than it ever would to buy a new one in your new location.
Books are heavy. If you can’t force yourself to get rid of them, ask a afmily member to store them for free. Once you realize you can acess them all online, you might reach a point where you are comfortable getting rid of them.
Post # 4
We are also moving continents. Check what you can take. For example, we cannot take most of electronics due to different voltage. Talk to movers and get an estimate. Then decide how much you feel comfortable with: to pay and to take. They will also give you an estimate of delivery time. For us, it is several months. So there is no point taking most of kitchen stuff as I will need it much sooner and will have to buy anyway.
Post # 5
Take everyday items that you are unsure of and put them in a box in a cupboard. If you haven’t retrieved them from the box between now and moving day then donate them.