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I'm Kerra Michele, and this is my dog, Lunchbox. Welcome to our blog! We generally write about easy tips to make a rental space feel more like home, but we also talk about our life and travels. I hope you like our stories and adventures!

Moving is messy.

Anyone who spends more than 15 minutes with me has probably discovered I'm a teensy bit OCD.  Basically, that translates into Crazy-Bananas-Can't-Sleep-Or-Think-Or-Eat-Anything-But-Cupcakes Mode until everything gets unpacked and put away.  This puts a bit more strain on my marriage than is to be expected but we'll ignore that for now. You saw what my apartment looked like before the chaos.  My, my, how things have unraveled...

As terrible as this is, there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  Craigslist is saving us from the absolute horror of living with inappropriately-scaled furniture (we've had to sell 75% of our furniture since moving in because our new apartment is so much smaller than our old place) AND, because we're paring down just a few small pieces, I have the immeasurable joy of SHOPPING FOR NEW FURNITURE!  More on my quest for the perfect couch in future posts.

Since I've moved 4 times in the past 2 years (one of those moves was from Seattle to DC) and I'm OCD organizationally inclined, I've learned a few things that make moving a lot easier.

  • Label your boxes.  This may seem obvious but you'd be surprised what gets overlooked when you're in a packing frenzy.  Before you start your move, buy a pack of the fattest black Sharpies you can find (the bolder tips make it easier to see your labels) and label the box with the room it will go in.  For extra credit -- and a little extra sanity -- add a quick rundown of the contents.  Put a star or special mark on boxes that should be opened right away.  For example, the box containing your Fur-Babies' toys and dishes should be a priority.
  • Start packing early.  I'm a professional procrastinator so this one was hard for me, but forcing myself to pack a few boxes a day over the course of several weeks made things so much better in the end.  No staying up for 48 hours straight, throwing things haphazardly into random boxes.
  • Get free boxes off Craiglist.  This time I had a genius idea that many others have clearly had before me: troll Craigslist for free moving supplies!  We got ALL our boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap for free and only had to buy packaging tape.  This saved us hundreds of dollars and made it easier to justify my next tip.  Extra credit: Re-list your boxes and supplies after you move!
  • Hire movers.  Having moved many times and hired movers only twice, I can confidently say that movers will change your life.  Professional movers will get it done in less than half the time that you can and they have all the tools needed to get the job done quickly without damaging your stuff.  Bonus: After you let them in you can go get a pedicure.

Do you have any moving or packing tips to share?  Or would you simply care to comment on the insanity that is my living room?

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