This post brought to you by CORT Furniture Rental. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Penny Pincher Jenny.
The word “move” is another four-letter-word for most adults, and I swear with kids it’s even worse. I sat down and recently. In the 14 years since I graduated high school, I have moved 12 times. Crazy, isn’t it?? This last move was the roughest one. It was the one I pulled off pretty much on my own, with three kids in tow. I did all the packing, sorting, unpacking, etc. I am very thankful I had my dad and my friends’ husband to move my furniture, my mom to watch kids, and a friend to help me run loads from house to house. Not only did we move, we also downsized our square footage in half! I couldn’t afford a bigger house on just my income, plus it was a sorting of his and hers as we were splitting property and households. No matter the circumstances, it is important to plan ahead and prep, especially if you have kids.
My Favorite Tips For Moving:
Declutter- Seriously, as soon as you know moving is a possibility, get started on this!! I was amazed at how much I was able to sell before we moved. It was all stuff we weren’t using or just plain forgot we had. Take the time to clean out your wardrobe, toy boxes, the garage, etc. I took two days and went room to room with boxes labeled donate, sale, and, of course, trash. The extra cash from selling is a great way to help offset the cost of moving.
Organize- I did this after I went through and decluttered, even though some did happen by default. In my case, I knew I would be moving during the winter so anything summer got boxed up and labeled as such. I ended up renting a storage unit the month before we moved and took over things that I knew we wouldn’t need right away. That freed up space.
Labeling- This is a big one to make sure you do right! I paid my kids to pack with me. I would be placing things in a box and my daughter would write what I was putting in. I can’t tell you how nice it was to know exactly which box had our plates and bowls. It was a lot easier than unpacking all the kitchen boxes! Having a set color marker per room is helpful too since you will know what room it belongs in in the new house just by looking.
Plan Furniture Layouts- It is so much easier to move your furniture if you know exactly where things will go. Measure your furniture in each room, then take a notebook and tape measure to the new place. I always draw out how I want the rooms to be to make the set up so much easier. Plus if you are unsure of what you want for furniture, you can always rent it!
Speaking of, have you heard of CORT Furniture Rental before?? I love that a furniture rental service exists for when you are moving. Growing up military, there were times we didn’t take our furniture with us on the PC due to space and weight of the moving truck. Being able to rent a move in ready package can be a life saver the first couple of months in a new house. It’s perfect for that transition time while you are settling in … without the big cost of buying furniture right away. Many families in the military are at a station a year or less at a time, so this would be great for them.
Do you have any tips for moving? Did you ever rent furniture before?