This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence and Proctor & Gamble, however all opinions are 100% my own.
This time last year I was surrounded by moving boxes and packing tape.
I was busy packing up my home to prepare for move from Illinois to Iowa. While my son and I have moved a few times, this time there were a lot things that made this move different and more stressful. We were moving into graduate housing which is significantly smaller (and older!) than our previous home. This meant giving away a lot of furniture and finding new pieces that would allow us to use the space more efficiently. There’s also the painstaking task of getting utilities set-up and navigating a new school district.
However, I knew that our current living situation would be temporary and have plans to move again next year. Now that I’m more familiar with our new town, I have an idea of where I want our next home to be. This time around I’ve started planning earlier to relieve some of the anxiety and stress that comes with moving.
Declutter Early and Often
It’s never too early to start tossing/donating items that you no longer use or need. I made a list of areas in my home that I want to purge in preparation for my move next year. This includes spaces like my hall closet, my bookcase, kitchen cabinets and bedrooms. If you do a little at a time it won’t be so overwhelming when move day comes.
Reserve Your Moving Truck and Assistance Early
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I live in a college town so there are certain times of the year when moving resources and supplies are at a premium. Since I already know when I’ll be moving I’ve already checked out the earliest I can reserve a truck. This also helps me prepare my budget for this expense. I’ve also asked friends to set aside that time on their calendar to help me move so I don’t have to worry about it later.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Take your cleaning to the next level. This seems like common sense, but on move day there’s always the challenge of trying to clean your home enough for the next residents or to make sure you get your security deposit back. If you create and use a regular cleaning schedule it’ll mean you’ll have less to do on moving day
Some of my favorite household cleaning staples include: Bounty ®, Swiffer ® WetJet Mop, Unstopables™ Air Refresher, and Charmin ® Ultra Strong. Since I’m living on a graduate student stipend, I purchase all of these items at Walmart to stay on budget. Moving can be a stressful time, but quality brands like these make your move clean and simple.
If you are like me, you like checklists to help you stay organized. I created this list for myself and thought I’d share with others who may be facing the huge task of moving your family. Moving is hard in itself and being a single parent just adds another level of stress. Hopefully this checklist will help you make sense of it all!