One of the most important milestones in any person’s life is when they move into their first apartment. It doesn’t matter if you have the luxury of living on your own or you’re starting this important chapter with a friend or a partner, your own apartment is always a great responsibility. A lot of things take time to learn and figure out, so we give you a brief list of important things you should and shouldn’t do when you’re first moving into your own place.
Do: Choose a good day
Picking the right day to move can prove to be trickier than you might think at first. It might seem like a good idea to move on the weekend, but if you’re trying to save money, you might want to reconsider this. Moving always takes longer than you expect, and if you need an extension with moving companies, it’s easier to arrange this if you’re moving mid-week than on the weekend. Moving companies are often booked weeks if not months in advance and weekends are the busiest, so it might be difficult to get a truck on a Saturday, but not so much on Thursday.
For many people, the most boring part of moving is packing. Placing all of your treasured belongings in boxes and trying to ensure everything is tucked in the right way is demanding, but equally necessary. You don’t want your beloved photos, coffee mugs and records to be damaged in the move, do you? This is why you should start early and be as organized as you can. Make a list of the things that need to be packed: you can do it room by room or categorize things in a way that makes most sense to you; but you need to make a plan and stick to it if you want everything to be packed in time.
Do: Pack an emergency box
You should also remember to pack a special box, a so-called ‘emergency box’ which will help you get settled in your new apartment more easily. It should contain all the things you might need at first before you actually unpack all the boxes and re-arrange all the furniture: some food, toiletries, your PJs, food and toys for your pets and a few cleaning supplies. This way you won’t have to unpack every single box looking for the items you need on your first night and morning in your new place.
Don’t: Pack heavy and bulky pieces first
If you pack big furniture pieces first, you will soon run out of space in your new apartment because of all the other boxes, and by the time you get to the big items, it will be difficult to maneuver around to put the couch and bookshelves in place. Big items should be the last ones to go in and the first ones to come out. If your place is a small one, taking the big items out and stacking boxes and trinkets around them is a good way to leave yourself enough space to move around freely.
Do: Get rid of unnecessary things
Moving is a great way to get a good, hard look at all of your possessions and leave behind all the things that have been weighing you down. All the old textbooks, toys and clothes you will never wear again will be a burden to you in your new apartment; which is why it’s a good idea to get rid of them. Donate old furniture and clothes to Salvation Army or the Red Cross, organize a yard sale, and call a company specialized in rubbish removal from Sydney to take away the bulky items you don’t want anymore. This way you will start your life in your new place unburdened and free.
Remember that every move is a new beginning, and as such, brings new hope, new opportunities, and plenty of stress. Try not to worry too much and be prepared to face any obstacles and unexpected situations. After all, this is a start of something new and exciting in your life, and you should remember it not as a stressful and difficult, but a joyful and fun time.