Congratulations, you’ve found your new apartment in New York City and moving day is fast approaching. Before you panic, here are a few quick tips to help smooth your move (yes, we did just say that).
Sort First, Move Second
The first step in packing for a move should be in completing an assessment of your current living space. Are you downsizing? Moving in with a roommate? Buying a home that you’re furnishing fresh? Decide what needs to be packed for the new space, donated or tossed, City Opera Thrift Shop will come pick up your donation items (if you can’t get them to another second-hand drop off) they’ll also donate leftovers to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Make a List
Make a list of large items or furniture that will need to be moved. As you pack boxes or bags, label each with a number, add the number and a description to your master list. For example, #10- Kitchen Appliances, Utensils. This will help when dropping items in your new place and unpacking.
Use What You’ve Got
Be resourceful while packing and use what you’ve got. New Yorkers are known for finding multiple uses for small spaces, so use those strategies for packing too. Use towels to pack breakables. Keep clothes on hangers, place a large rubber band around top and cover with a garbage bag. Use (clean) garbage cans and laundry baskets for transport of odd-shaped items.
Ask for Help
No one likes the process of moving, especially if you’ve got a lot of stuff to move. Consider hiring movers to pack your stuff or ask your friends or family. It’s easier for someone who isn’t emotionally attached to your belongings to prep them for a move. Just be prepared to return the favor!
We Want to Hear from You! What’s the one thing you wish you did before you started packing?