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5 Moving Day Hacks to Make Your Move Painless

If you all don’t know already, I’m in the process of building a house in Austin!

It’s exciting, scary, and confusing all at the same time. But most of all, it is a mental exercise in logistics. My lease ended in late July, but my home won’t be ready until January. Therefore, I have five months of “temporary living” to figure out. In addition to the dilemma,  I also take from my mom in that I hate throwing things away. There I was, late July with an apartment full of things, a desire to travel and explore during my “temporary living” situation and no idea how to do it all.

Whether you are a student, transitioning jobs, or just a plain-old millennial who loathes the idea of “ownership” as we hop from one adventure to the next, I wanted to share all that I’ve learned in the process of “living temporarily” in the midst of a transition.  

From planning to packing to storing, here are 5 key hacks for your next adventure.

Find the Right Storage Unit

I am going to focus most of this article on this topic because it is the most important thing. There are a number of things that are important in finding the right storage unit. You need climate control and you need it to be safe and guarded both for you and for belongings. There are a number of storage units out there, but I have a bit of a bias after stumbling upon the hidden gem that is CubeSmart. I will tell you about what CubeSmart has and why I recommend any storage unit you have possess the same features.

CubeSmart was the most secure storage unit that I found. The entire facility has 24/7 surveillance with a gated community and a unique key code given to each tenant so that monitoring of who comes in and out. As a young woman, the most important thing for me was security in finding a storage unit and their use of technology was by far the best that I found.

Next, it was really important for me to find an indoor unit that was climate controlled because of all the makeup, decor, and electronics that I needed to store for the short term. Safe from texas heat….  Not only was CubeSmart more than accommodating to my request, but at the Austin location that I am collaborating with they went above and beyond by not just thinking of my need for climate control, but they found a way to give me this while also protecting the environment altogether. All of the CubeSmart elements come together to achieve a net-zero energy result. In fact, due to the well planned architecture, the property is actually producing more energy than it is consuming.


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 Determine your move plan

As you look over all your things, the most important thing is not to freak out and get overwhelmed. First and foremost, come up with a great plan. Analyze all of your belongings and come up with categories by which to sort them. You will want to always remember that you should come up with as few categories as possible.

Find free moving boxes from the “free” section of Craigslist

Craigslist is a treasure trove of unwanted and most of the time unnecessary things. However, free boxes has an entirely different meaning depending on whether you are talking about the day you are moving out or the day you are moving in. I have always been able to save $40 on moving boxes by getting them for free of Craigslist. If you are meeting someone on Craigslist, just always remember to take a friend.

Create a move day kit

Has anyone been moving and packed up all their belongings, sat in a hotel room or a friends house and realized that you packed your toothbrush and fresh undies too? Then you probably also have been in the position where you’d rather just not brush your teeth or change your underwear instead of digging through hundreds of boxes to find those things. Gross. A move day kit is all of the belongings you will need during or after the move until all your belongings are in a more stable area. I cannot stress the importance of creating a move day kit. All you have to do is pack a weekend bag full of everything that you’ll need. Again, planning makes perfect.

Use everything to pack everything, and reduce space

Most people who move invest all of these funds into things like styrofoam, bubble wrap, storage bins, etc. But why would you do that when you have things like t-shirts, plastic bags, crockpots, and pans? Utilize everything that you have to save space and protect your belongings. Stack plates with t-shirts in between. Use plastic bags with no air to keep your jewelry from tangling. Fill up crockpots and pots and pans with spices to save space. Put cords and remotes in a plastic bag and tape to the TV or electronics they go to. Pack bedding and pillows in garbage bags to keep clean and can be used in-between furniture for extra padding. Everything that you have can be used to pack something!

There is going to be a time in life when you have to find a temporary living solution just like I’m in now. My encouragement to all of you is to embrace the adventure, come up with a great game-plan, and find the other companies out there like CubeSmart who are there to meet your needs in whatever short or long-term transition you are in.

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  • Reply
    October 11, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Wow! Building a house?!? That’s such a big deal! Congrats! There are so many great moving tips in here. I’ve never heard of CubeSmart but that is easily the nicest storage unit I’ve ever seen!

    Brittany |

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    Edward Jayce
    April 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Moving is not an easy task. Moving is responsibility Work. To make moving work easier, we have to find many tips and i search on google moving tips. I got the your blog. I read it and i get the valuable moving tips. Thanks for sharing this so interesting post! I really want to be thankful for the way you have put it here.

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    Cara Queen
    December 19, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for your great moving tips. I would also add that if you decide to do some of the packings yourself, you’ll need to have everything properly packed and ready for loading the evening before move day. Only the things you’ll need that last night, the next morning should be left for last-minute packing. Moving company representatives will inspect your boxes, and if they think items are improperly packed or cartons are susceptible to damage, they may reject loading the things until they are repacked.

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    January 5, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Great photos! Moving is not a piece of cake for sure. Being organized and having everything under personal control can be really exhausting. Adapting to a new location can turn out to be a real test for your nerves. If you notice any changes that cause physical, emotional or psychological strain you can clearly define your state as stress. The connection between your mind and body is obvious when you realize the impact of stress in your life. I have moved twice and tips on how to reduce stress were very helpful.

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    Moving Helpers
    January 10, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I’d like to notice that to create a list of all your valuables is also a useful moving hack. This will help you determine which items you can pack yourself and which should be handled by professional movers, such as large or extremely valuable pieces.

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    Moving helpers
    March 29, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these fabulous and absolute tips!
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