Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Few Packing Tips!

The meaning of thrifty: (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.

This week has been crazy busy and it isn't even over yet! Spring break usually isn't a big deal for me because we never really can afford to do anything. This Spring break we were able to visit with family and it was perfect. I would take that over doing anything else. We got back home this week and wished that we could just relax before school starts on Monday...NOPE. We are moving to a bigger apartment this weekend! We are excited to move but not so excited about the moving process. Packing and cleaning is my most least favorite thing to do. In our first year if being married my husband and I have moved 8 times. You would think I should be a pro at packing but I am not. I thought it would be fun to learn about some helpful packing tips for all of you out there in the same situation as us.

Staying Organized

Something that is always helpful for me is staying as organized as possible through the whole process. It makes packing, moving, and unpacking much easier. Use boxes, containers, and labels to keep track of everything. I have seen people use certain color tape to distinguish whose boxes are whose or where the boxes go. Ex: Green tape is for the living room items. This will help others help you unpack or at least designate where the items/boxes go.

Trash Bag Closet Clothes

The clothes in the closet seem to be the worst. No matter how much you try to keep them together, they always get tangled into each other. I found a way to keep them together and move them all at once. Use a trash bag to put the clothes in and have the hangers coming out the top of the trash bag and then tie it off to keep them together and secure. It makes it so much easier.

Finding Boxes

Some people will pay for boxes and I think there is no better way to waste money on buying boxes. Don't do it! There are many options out there to get free boxes. Ask friends if they have any extra boxes that you can use. Be sure to offer to return them back if you feel they might want them. Ask around your local grocery stores. Often there are dumpsters around the back of the building that you are able to get some boxes out of. 

Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Some of those items in your home are probably way too heavy to move on your own. Don't break your back trying to do everything yourself. Ask a friend or family member to lend a hand but don't forget to treat them afterwards for their help. Buy them lunch or make them some cookies. They will love it. It might not hurt to offer them a bit of money as a tip for helping. Although with my experience in offering money to a friend or family member, they never seem to take it, it is always nice to offer though.

I hope these few tips are helpful when it comes time to move to a new place. Here are a few links to some handy articles that I found helpful with moving tips. Good luck everyone with the new semester!!

Upcoming: If you think you are a thrifty shopper, I would love to feature you in a blog post sometime this month! Please email me a picture of yourself while you are out doing some thrifty shopping or a picture of your stock pile to show it off! If you would rather not show a picture that is perfectly fine. Tell me some tips you would like to share with others and anything else you would like to share about yourself as a thrifty shopper! I am looking for 4-5 people to feature this month, so if your interested email me at Subject: Thrifty Shopper!

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Questions For YOU!
What was the most you have most in a year? What is the farthest you have had to move?


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