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Moving is the worst! But these hacks will make it better

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 4/1/2020 Mehera Bonner
a woman standing in front of a box: Moving can be tolerable and even, dare I say, satisfying if you have the right hacks. These are the right hacks. © stocksy Moving can be tolerable and even, dare I say, satisfying if you have the right hacks. These are the right hacks.

I’m not gonna pretend that nerdy organizational tips make the whole moving process “fun,” because—hahaha—lies. What I am proposing: Moving can be tolerable and even, dare I say, satisfying if you have the right hacks. These are the right hacks.

Packing up

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Do you paint your nails only at the kitchen table? “Then you want your nail stuff to be packed with your kitchen stuff because that’s where it’s going to live,” says Ría Safford, founder of RíOrganize. It might not make sense for everyone, but it does make sense for you.

Avoid the newspaper.

Ink transfers easily, so get some plain packing paper—or use any kind of towel, which you have to pack anyway—to ensure your breakables don’t get stained with alarming headlines. (This tip brought to you by people who do this for a literal living at moving company Two Men and a Truck.)

Consolidate screws.

Taking apart priceless IKEA furniture? Go ahead and put alllll the hardware into a bag and tape it onto the item it belongs with. Or you could sift through a giant box of Allen wrenches—either way!

Box the essentials last.

Think about what you use every single day (your coffee maker, your wine opener...) and pack them together at the very end. These items all have one thing in common: getting unpacked first.

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Move on a weekday.

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are the best because you’ll (a) often get a cheaper rate (if you hire movers), (b) avoid weekend traffic, and (c) not have to deal with a million people coming in and out of your buildings.

Stage your boxes.

Movers usually charge by the hour, so put all your stuff as close to the front door or driveway as possible. That way it can be loaded quickly—and you’ll have extra pizza money to play with. Your movers are volunteers? This won’t save you money—but it might save you friends.

Getting settled

Just calm down.

“The day you’re bringing in boxes? That day is lost,” Safford says. “You don’t even know what year it is—it’s a freakin’ nightmare.” Truer words. So just dive into that box of essentials we talked about and chill for 24 hours.

Do this room first.

“In everyday life, the bathroom sets the tone for your entire day,” says Safford. And that totally normal, not-at-all-extra morning routine you have will immediately help you feel settled in your new place—even if your curtains are just towels for now.

Make a storage plan.

Shelves and drawers that fall between your knees and shoulders are prime, easily accessible real estate, says Safford. So think hard about how to utilize them. If you’re not using something every day, find it a new lower-rent home.

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