When One Door Closes, A New One Opens

Well my friends, it has been exactly two weeks today since I moved into my new apartment. Ever since the movers left, all I have done is unpack, put things in their place, decide I didn't like said things in that place and moved them somewhere else in the apartment, built furniture, buy what seems like a million wooden hangers, get several blisters, and freak out that Comcast didn't download DVR on our television. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and physical ailments, but things are FINALLY starting to calm down. Now that I have the time to reflect on how the actual move went, I figured I'd share some tips on things I wish I knew before moving, that will hopefully make your life easier (if or when you move).

Don't commit to anything // This was probably the biggest mistake I made, not knowing what I was getting myself into. The week leading up to the move, and the few days immediately following, I committed to attend several events and made plans with friends the evening of my actual move. While I am a huge advocate of not backing out of something you already committed to, there comes a time when you simply have no choice. 

The whole week leading up to the move, I was stressing about making sure everything was ready for the movers, boxes packed and all the utilities switched over. The to-do list was a mile long and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. So I highly recommend you save your nights and weekends to dedicate to the move. That way you aren't stressing about getting ready for an event, being too tired, or in the end having to cancel on a commitment. 

Hire it done // Initially I was going to rely on my friends to help with moving furniture and borrowing their cars to make millions of trips. As the move got closer, I finally took the plunge and hired movers. Boy am I glad that I did!! With an excellent recommendation from a coworker, I hired My Truck Buddy. These gents had the entire move done in less than two hours, were very professional and efficient, and the price was very affordable. If I ever move again, which hopefully isn't for a long long time, they'll be the first to know. **If you're in the DMV area, I highly HIGHLY recommend My Truck Buddy. You won't be disappointed!

Rome wasn't built in a day // You are not I Dream of Jeannie... you cannot wiggle your nose and everything be unpacked, put up and exactly how you want it, in a day. It just isn't going to happen. The sooner you realize this, the less stressed out you'll be.

Moving isn't cheap // I thought by taking certain measures to save money, like painting the living room ourselves, purchasing apartment essentials months in advance (to spread the money out over time), and other cost saving steps I took, would save me a butt load of money in the end. That's not the case. While yes, you are saving money in certain areas, unforeseen things come up. You also don't realize how much you will throw away when packing, that will have to be purchased again when you move.

Also, depending on your moving situation, you most likely will have to pay two rents and utilities for two different places... all in one month. If you know you're going to move or even contemplating it, start saving now.

Something will break // Say bye bye to half a set of wine glasses, or that favorite lamp that sat in your kitchen. All now, in a million pieces on their way to trash heaven.

What can go wrong, will // No matter how prepared you are, no matter how much you plan... something will inevitably go wrong. Like finding out the night before you move that you had to have a cashiers check for the first month's rent, and every freaking store is closed. Or the fact that your bank wont let you withdraw several hundred dollars from an ATM. Last minute problems will arise, so be prepared to deal with them.

Patience my friends, patience // Sometimes the patience level is at about a two... you're gonna need to bring that on up to about a seven. Or life will.be.miserable (at least for those around you).

Moving isn't fun // Contrary to what I thought moving would be like... reflecting back to my college days moving into my new dorm, MOVING IS NOT FUN! In the real world it is nothing like "move in day" in college. More than likely your parents aren't here to help and neither are the cute frat guys who carried your dorm essentials up ten flights of stairs. You will more than likely do most of it yourself... and it is NOT fun. Just saying. 

All of these tips are things I wish I had known or done differently during my recent move. So glad that it's over, now all I have to worry about is how many more clothes I need to buy to fill up my spacious and very large walk-in closet. 

P.S. Stay tuned over the next few months, as I share with y'all peeks into the new pad and photos from completed projects. Lots of fun decor and #styleyourhome moments, coming your way!

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Sahra said...

I hear ya! We moved into our house (from a tiny apartment) a little over a month ago, and I'd say the past three months have been stress city. But don't worry, once things calm down and your place starts to feel like home it will all be worth it! :)

Xo Sahra
Que Sera Sahra

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Sahra!!! I am right there with you, but look forward to when it is all done and can enjoy my new home!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo - Kristyn

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristyn,
Did you have truck buddies assemble furniture too? I'm moving early Oct. and I'm not worried about the actual moving but the assembly of the entire Ikea bedroom.


Primp & Proper said...

Hey Caroline!! I sort of did. They took my bed frame apart and the mirror off my dresser. Then put it all back together once we got to my new place. You pay per 15 minutes, so the longer they take, the more you pay. However, you can also hire people from Ikea to put your furniture together for a fee OR another great tip is to offer your maintenance man some extra money to do it. My old roommate did that, and he had it done in no time!!!

Thanks for reading and best of luck with your move :)


Anonymous said...

I have a friend's husband helping me move and he's going to put together my table, but I didn't want to put the whole bedroom on him too. Since Ikea is delivering my furniture, I'll have them put it together too.

Thanks a bunch!

Ellen | A Pop of Pink said...

These are all so true! Moving is so stressful, but it's also really fun making a place your own. Can't wait to see more pics of your apartment! Best of luck!

Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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Primp & Proper said...

Of course!! Hope it all goes smoothly!!!

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Ellen!! Yes, I agree! The fun part is decorating and making the place your own.

Can't wait to share more!!!!


Primp & Proper said...

Thank you so much!! Have a great day :)


Unknown said...

For first time movers, your blog's an excellent insight into the trials and tribulations of one of the most stressful events in life. I think you're right not to be over-ambitious when moving and to allow yourself plenty of time. Also, expecting the worst isn't always a bad attitude to adopt, because when things don't go wrong you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Justin Garrett @ Buzz Homes

Blaze said...

A good moving company can truly make the whole process of relocating a painless one!

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