New Home/Apartment Tips & Favs
It's been about two weeks now since I moved across the country to San Antonio, TX. While I have moved quite a bit in my adult life (11+ addresses and counting!), only recently do I feel that I am finally learning ways to relocate as gracefully and peacefully as it can possibly be. Here are a few tips and some recent favorites that I think everyone can benefit from during a move, whether it's down the street or across the country.
General Tips To Save Money, Time, & Your Peace of Mind:
- As you are packing at your old home, group and label your boxes according to their contents. Keep a pad of Post-Its, tape, and a sharpie handy while packing so that you are labeling as you go. I know this may sound like extra work, but work it into your flow of packing and future you will be grateful when you're tired from moving and can't find where you put the wine opener!
- Shop online for new things before you shop in store. You may feel excited and even pressured to splurge on new furniture and decor for your new home, but this could lead to impulse buys and subsequently a mess of return policies. Before you head out (even better if you can do this before the big move), shop online for the things you really want, take the measurements, and comparison shop. You can also call stores beforehand to make sure items are in stock for maximum efficiency.
- Use your USPS change of address coupons! I always use USPS to officially change my mailing address to ensure all my mail gets forwarded, plus I get a ton of awesome coupons when I move! Side tip: if you sign up for Bed, Bath & Beyond text updates, you’ll ALWAYS have a 20% off coupon ready. From my coupons this time, I scored a Hello Fresh box for $25 (regularly $60) to make 3 meals for 2 people - that comes out to $4.16 per meal!
- Scan FB Marketplace/Craigslist for big expensive brands like West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. You can find quality items for over 70% off in great condition + you can haggle if you find any damages. Big furniture items like coffee tables and dining tables are totally worth buying pre-owned, especially at that discount!
- Less things to pack = less stress, so make time to give away belongings you no longer love. I prefer to sell my clothes and handbags to ThredUp, the biggest online consignment store. Tbh, they don't provide the highest guaranteed payout but it is the most hassle free option for me due to free shipping.
Some Favorite New Items From This Recent Move:
- I found these Ikea wire bins on sale for only $2.50 each - WHAT A STEAL! Currently using them in my closet to store my non-hanging clothes.
- Instant Pot - this little Canadian baby is such a time (and utilities bill) saver. You can use it as a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, etc. I have personally only used it so far to make rice and pressure cook some soups and herbal teas, but I'm excited to explore all the awesome and EFFICIENT recipes I can make with this. I especially am loving this website for recipe ideas!
- A simple way to make your home more put-together is to introduce plants, and of course, you'll need cute planters to pot them in! These Target planters come in a variety of sizes and fairly neutral colors, come in self-watering versions, and are so affordable.
Are you a frequent mover as well? Share with me your tips! I'm always happy to chat → firstname.lastname@example.org.