I have a love-hate relationship with moving. My inner organizer rejoices at the thought of completely clearing out most of my belongings, while the other (lazier) side of me groans and complains until it’s done. And although my partner and I are only moving four stories down in our current building next month, I’ve moved enough times in my college years to become quite a pro. Here are some tips that I’ve learned firsthand on how to make the most of your upcoming move…
1. Accumulate your incoming mail and make a list of where you need to change your address.
Is your monthly subscription set to arrive soon? How about those bank statements and that upcoming Anthropologie catalog? Make a little list of the mail that you receive regularly and get it updated. Because you’re doing this early, you’re getting a good list of all of the mail that you receive for the month, so you won’t forget anything.
2. Go ahead and go through your closets now.
Chances are, if you’re moving in a month, you won’t be needing your spring wardrobe. Go through your closet and start compiling a donation pile. This way, you’ll be starting at this new place without that clutter and it’s also less for you to pack! Fold your other clothes in the dresser and prepare them to be boxed up—anything that’s hanging can simply be placed in a hanging garment bag.