Ack sorry for the radio silence over the past two weeks, y’all!
On top of the big move, I’ve been busy with school, as I have homework due nearly every Monday, and a crazier-than-usual summer at work. Between all that work, getting my life settled in the new place, and making time for a little fun, I had to let the blog go for a bit, but I am happy to be back with new posts most days this week!
When I graduated college, I lived at home for three months and then moved into my first apartment. A year later, my current roommate, J, moved in, and we spent two more years there together. We knew as early as the beginning of this year that when our lease was up, we wanted to move as J was in the sunroom and our appliances were really run down. We’re making more money than we were a few years ago, and thought it was time to upgrade our home.
We were open to moving to other places within the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, but when our building had a renovated, two-bedroom, 900-squarefoot unit available for a killer price, we knew it was the right decision to move within our current complex. We love all the amenities here, and the location is perfect for both of us to get to work in less than half an hour.
But man, I had forgotten what a b*tch moving is!
So, I wanted to share the top three moving tips I picked up on this latest move in case you’re moving soon. (And if you aren’t, my advice would be to stay put for as long as you can.)
+ Wrap your desks, dressers, and nightstands with industrial saran wrap. This was the best thing we did the entire move! By wrapping your larger furniture items, you don’t have to take the drawers out, which means you don’t have to pack the content of said drawers. It also protects your furniture during the trek, especially the edges.
+ Get your keys at least a day before your move. I know this isn’t always possible, but we were moving on a Saturday and were able to get into our new place on Friday simply because we asked the manager. It made such a huge difference to begin taking loads over before the movers came so the smaller and fragile items were out of their way. It also was a huge help mentally because we could physically do something with all the anxious pre-move energy. I took my entire closet and most of our kitchen over the night before. Nothing says a wild Friday night like pushing a hotel cart back and forth between your old and new apartments!
+ Don’t pay for moving boxes! Moving is expensive, but we were able to save some money on boxes by asking the office admins at our offices to save us any from shipments and re-using the ones we received ourselves from online shopping. You can also call or stop by your local grocery store as they’ll give you boxes for free assuming they have some on-hand.
(PS. Pictures of our new apartment coming soon! I can’t wait to share our new space with you!)