Though you might think that all it entails is packing your things, there’s more to moving out that just ticking off the items on your to-do list. From consolidating your stuff to finalizing things with your new landlord, you’ll need to make sure that everything falls into place. If you need some tips on how to avoid the inconveniences of moving out, follow this comprehensive guide on how to prepare for your big day—given that you’ve sorted things out with your landlord and have calculated your moving costs:
Clean out your closet – before you start putting your stuff in boxes, the first thing to do is to get rid of all the things that you no longer need. It’s not as simple as it sounds, but it should definitely free up a lot of space for your future place, and a little spring cleaning could also be therapeutic! Separate disposables, recyclables, and items that you can give away, sell, or donate.
Make a master list of what to bring – now that you have an idea of what to bring and what to leave behind, make a list of all the things you have to bring by category. For example, kitchen stuff, toiletries, and personal belongings should have their respective boxes.
Take photos – if you want to decorate or arrange things in a familiar way, you can take photos of your current home to get some inspiration. It also helps to take pictures of how electronics are connected so you can remember how to install and connect them in your new place. Try using an instant camera so you can easily access the prints or attach them on your boxes accordingly.
Wrap breakables in sweaters or blankets – instead of using bubble wrap, use your thick clothes to wrap fragile items like plates, glasses, and dishes. For pillows and other beddings, you can use disposable bags instead of boxes to lessen the bulk.
Pack essential items in a clear plastic bin – when you arrive at your new home, you will a need couple of things to help you initially settle in. This could be phone chargers, kitchen utensils, cookware, paper towels, etc. To set them apart from other boxes, place them in a clear container so you’ll know where to get them immediately.
Use re-sealable bags for small items – tiny stuff always tend to get lost along the way. To avoid this, use sandwich bags or re-sealable plastic.
Label and color code – there’s nothing more annoying than not being able to find what you’re looking for when unpacking. Apart from labelling the items and boxes, organize them by using a color scheme. Kitchen stuff can be marked green, clothing purple, toiletries blue, and so on. You can also number them if it helps. Use your master list as reference in case you forget.
Check what needs to be repaired – while repairs are ideally covered by security deposits, it won’t hurt to do little fixes yourself. This gives you a good record and is simply a good way to unburden your landlord or the next tenant.
Finalize moving date – this means scheduling for moving trucks and packers. Make sure they get the address right and that they load and unload responsibly. Treat them to a meal or a drink or give a little tip after as a token of thanks.
Bring some photos – during the first few months, you may feel homesick but that’s completely normal. However, you can take a little bit of “home” with you by bringing some of your memorable family pictures and by putting them up in some areas of your new place like your room, the fridge, or even your desk.
*This article was originally published in Instax Philippines website for the benefit of educational purposes. The information in this article is meant soley to educate users.