1. Moving is an opportunity to purge some items that you haven’t used in a while or won’t be using in Colorado.
For example: If you are moving from Chicago, you may have a lot of Bears, White Sox, Cubbie, and Bulls apparel that you won’t need– you are in Broncos, Rox, Avs, Nuggets country now! On a serious note – When starting to pack, ask yourself “Do I really need this? Have I used/worn this in the past year?” If the answer is “No” then give it away
2. Labels, labels and more labels.
The more you label something the more organized it will make you – which relieves stress. When I moved this last time, we asked a couple of local offices if we could have their unwanted one side used paper. We were able to get a lot of paper for free. We would label the boxes on all 4 side with 8 ½ x 11 sheets. There was no question which room the box was supposed to go into. I like to save as much money as possible since moving can prove to be expensive.
3. Decide if you will be moving yourself or hiring movers.
Moving.com has a calculator for moving estimates. It can cost $3,910-$5468 to hire movers for a 2-3 bedroom apartment from Chicago to Denver. If you choose to move yourself, Uhaul’s 20’ truck (2-3 bedroom apt) would cost you $1,615.
4. Start collecting boxes and packing material.
5. Pack essentials last.
Could you imagine if you packed your tooth brush, toiletries and towels for the showers? That would be pretty frustrating as you use them daily! I know that seems pretty dramatic but think of this: Don’t pack things you know you will need to use. Pack items that are in storage, Holiday items, nonessential items, books, etc.
6. Keep the breakables or prized items with you.
Do you have your great grandma’s china, priceless paintings, or an extensive coin collection? If so, you may want to drive with them in your car for safe keeping.