Tips for Moving
I recently moved from Los Angeles, California to Greeley, Colorado and the moving process could not have gone more smoothly. I was definitely feeling anxious leading up to my last few weeks in LA, unsure of how things would go, as I've never really experienced a big move aside from when I moved from San Diego to LA. There were many factors that contributed to my stress-free move, so if you're someone that's moving anytime soon, both in or out of state, here are some tips that I know I'll be incorporating into future moves.
1. Hire a moving company.
I cannot stress this enough! I know that everyone is in different financial situations, but if you can invest in it, I would highly suggest hiring help. When I moved from SD to LA and one area of LA to another area of LA, Conner and I didn't have any help. We just drove a truck with our stuff and it was SO tough, especially carrying furniture and boxes on our own. For this big move from LA to Colorado, I reached out to Two Men and a Truck because it seemed like a service that would really take such a load off of me, literally. After talking with someone there, I knew it felt right and I immediately felt comfortable having all of my belongings picked up by them and taken to my next home. It was all so easy! Two men set up a pick up date where they picked up all of my boxes/furniture and then we set up a drop off date where they dropped it all off. The amount of time it takes depends on how much stuff you have, but each time they were in and out in less than in hour! The best part was that their customer service called me after each pick up and drop off to ensure everything went okay and asked if I had any questions, concerns or feedback. This really put my mind at ease. Nothing was damaged or missing and I could tell how much they cared for my belongings. Honestly, after this service, there is no way I can go back to any other way of moving. Definitely check out Two Men and a Truck, they provide services to over 380 locations and four countries (US, Canada, Ireland, and the UK!
2. Cut your belongings in half.
SERIOUSLY. I got rid of half of my things (clothes, books, shoes, beauty products, etc.) before moving and it was the best thing I could have done. The less stuff I had, the less stuff I had to take with me. I really forced myself to get rid of things I wasn't using or that didn't serve me in any way. Being a blogger, I get a looooot of mail, especially beauty products and clothes. Therefore, it's so easy to collect things that I'll "try sometime," but just end up sitting around unused. The month leading up to my move before I packed I started throwing things in boxes to give away or donate. I don't think about any of the things I got rid of and I can't believe that after getting rid of 50% of my belongings, I still feel like I have a lot of things. Let's just say it's a work in progress!
3. Accept help.
Being a very independent person and someone who always wants to do things by myself, I definitely pushed away a lot of offers for help during this process. Friends offered to come over and help me pack and I shrugged it off. When it came time to pack, I wished I had help. When it came down to the 16-hour road trip from LA to Colorado, I didn't want anyone with me, not even my husband! I told everyone I wanted to do it alone. After push and shove, somehow my husband, mom and sister got in the car with me to my drive to Colorado to help with the transition. And I have to say- there was no way I would have been able to do it on my own. I am grateful for the help I received from friends and family, whether it was through encouraging texts and calls, to giving me company and helping me move. It's okay to accept help :)