Are you counting the days until you move into your new digs? As exciting as your new home may be, the actual process of moving can be less than fun.

The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average American household moves 7,400 pounds of stuff each time they change addresses. That’s A LOT of boxes to pack, schlep, and unpack!

Not to mention the expense. Even if you do the entire move yourself, van rentals, moving supplies, gas, and time off work can run you $1,000 or more.

Use these tips to take some of the stress and cost out of moving. 


Eat Through Your Pantry

Don’t waste precious time and energy moving your pantry. You can re-stock it when you get to your new home. Now is the time to eat your way through your pantry. Use up as much of the dry and canned goods as possible. The sooner you get started, the easier it will be.

Do you have lots of black beans on hand? Black Bean and Corn Salsa is a great mid-day snack! Have tons of pasta? Hello spaghetti night. Use up any meat in the freezer. Bake a batch of cupcakes to get rid of the excess flour and sugar.

Tip: If you’re planning to ask a friend to help with the move, those cupcakes will make a great thank you!


Use Up Disposable Items

Now is not the time for your massive Costco run to restock on disposables like toilet paper, detergent, paper towels, or garbage bags. In fact, you want to try to use up as much of what you have on hand as possible! Why lug all those extras when you can just buy more once you’ve gotten to your new abode?


Donate (or Sell) Items You Don’t Want

Still hanging on to your prom dress from 1990? You don’t need to waste time moving items to only donate them once you start unpacking. You might be able to sell some of the items with which you are willing to part. Stores like Plato’s Closet accept gently used designer brand clothing. It’s always nice to have a little extra cash on hand when you’re moving. Drop off the items you can’t sell at a local donation site so they can find a better home.


Keep Out the First Aid-Kit, Pain Relievers & Allergy Medication

Moving takes a lot out of you, even if you hire professionals to help. Small cuts often happen. Sore muscles are common. And with all the dust you’re likely to kick up, don’t be surprised if your allergies flare. Make sure you have the necessary items on hand to soothe your woes.


Pack the Essentials Last

Some items are purely about comfort and aesthetic beauty. The painting over the mantel. The couch and throw blankets. The shelves full of books you’re still finding time to read.

Other items are essential. Coffee. Toothpaste. Shampoo. Deodorant. These are the items you want to pack last. And, you want to be sure to put them in a clearly labeled box that is easy to get access. Because funky breath, smelly pits, and a decaffeinated partner aren’t something with which anyone wants to deal.


Look After Your Four-Legged Family Members

As stressful as moving is, consider if you didn’t know what’s going on. That’s how your pets feel! All they know is their home is being packed up and their people are running around like crazy. It’s not uncommon for this to cause dogs and cats an undue amount of anxiety.

Make sure you keep out a few of their comfort items, such as toys and blankets to which they gravitate. Additionally, don’t pack away their food until the very last. Keeping them on a regular feeding schedule can help maintain a level of normalcy in an otherwise not so normal time during their lives.


Make Sure Your Smartphone Charger is Easily Accessible

If you have a Smartphone, chances are you rely on it for everything from checking email and getting directions to communicating with loved ones and setting your daily alarm clock. To make sure you can use your phone when you need it, keep your charger in an easily accessible location.


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