Moving Essentials: How Your First Car-load Can Make Move-in So Much Easier!

Hello Sarah's fellow Ad-ven-cher{ers)!

I'm Alexandra, and I blog over at Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things. I was beyond excited and honored to be asked to post for Sarah while she's moving into her super amazing new digs! I've been following her ad-ven-cher{s} for quite a while now and I love her quirky writing style not to mention.. how cute is the dress dare?! Since we've started supporting each other's blogs (mostly via Twitter herme.) we realized that we were both moving this month, and since I finished moving right as she started she asked me to guest post on (you guessed it!) moving. :) We twenty-somethings are experts after all..

If you are anything like me packing to move becomes a last minute battle; your box supply runs short in the middle of the night with no way to replenish your provisions, a rogue tape gun breaks (or cuts you, OUCH!), you think you are finished packing only to find a motley band of miscellaneous clothes (clean or dirty?), books (the rest you've already finished packing..) and dishes (gross) under the bed.

Then there is moving itself, you get every. last. box. moved inside just in time to pass out. Only to realize that your sheets need washed (who knows what box they're in), you've packed the scissors in the office box (so you can't even start opening boxes to find those aforementioned sheets), you really have to pee (do we even have toilet paper!?!) ... you get the idea.

Because this happens to me pretty much every time I re-locate (and unnecessarily stresses me out..) I devised a plan of attack for our most recent move... and it really helped! So, here are some tips for all of our fellow twenty-something eternal nomads.

There are few things worse than not being able to find the tools you need to move in successfully and live out your first few days comfortably. So this time, I decided to make "essential boxes" that get packed in the first car-load and brought in first. I'm including my lists below (complete with a few things I actually did forget), feel free to tailor them to your own needs!
This box is full of items that you will need the first day/night in your new place, as well as things that will help you unpack and get what you unpack clean. You never know when you'll need a clothespin or a sharpie.

-Move in paperwork (if necessary)
-Scissors, Carpet knife
-Toolbox (small, or just a hammer, screwdriver/power drill)
-Packing tape
-Plastic sacks (for trash, recycling, sending things back to the car or home with someone else..)
-Reusable bags
-Cleaning cloths (reusable paper towels) or paper towels
-Toilet paper
-Hand soap (I forgot this one)
-Dish soap
-Dishwasher detergent (if you should be so lucky as to have a dishwasher!)
-Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Fabric Softener etc. (again, if you should be so lucky..)
-Camera or phone (to take pictures of damaged parts of the apartment, so not to get charged upon move-out)
-Ice trays (It's August and it's definitely hot here in Kansas!)
-Water bottles, tumblers etc.
-Wood glue
-Clothespins & twist ties
-Chapstick (you'll need it..)
-A notepad & Pen (for making lists of things you'll need to purchase for your new place; groceries, new storage solutions, cleaning supplies that have been used etc.)
-i-pod/i-phone speakers or some other way to play music (a good, long playlist doesn't hurt either)
-Phone chargers

Pack like you are going away for several days, just in case you don't have time to unpack your closet before you head to work, or an interview, or that thing your grandma wants you to wear a dress to.

-Clothing, (PJs, Undies and Socks etc.. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to pack PJs)
-Toiletries (shampoo, makeup, deodorant, shower soap, razor, etc.)
-Items that you can't live without (contacts, glasses, medications, vitamins, tampons etc.)

You'll want your laundry ready to go in case you find yourself looking for something at the last minute (those interview pants, clean towels etc.). It's not realistic to move in with all of your laundry clean.. or even most of it, so it's much better to be prepared. 

This box is designed to keep you sane after unloading, unpacking or on a break from unloading or unpacking.

-Snacks & drinks of choice
-A book, magazine, journal or tablet
-A movie, TV on DVD - we like Big Bang Theory and Gilmore Girls.
-Comfy clothes, slippers or whatever you want to lounge in
-Spa type products- do a peppermint foot soak, face mask or paint your nails.
-board games or cards - we actually really like board games, it's a fun way to unwind.

You don't want to find yourself hungry for a meal when all you have is what survived your last move (read: ketchup packets, misc. holiday candy leftovers, a package of battered lasagna noodles). You also don't want to find yourself ready to cook, but without plates, forks or a pan. You've got to have some way to boil those Kraft Mac n' Cheese noodles!

-Food for quick meals (a few days worth) -I suggest frozen pizzas, mac n' cheese or pasta. If you want to get a little more culinary go for low-effort options like breakfast, breakfast burritos & pancakes take minimal effort but can be more satisfying than something pre-made.
-Coffee and Coffee Pot or Tea and Teapot - waking up to rummaging for caffeine is not a good way to start a day of unpacking!
-plates, cups, forks, spoons, mugs
-A few staples, grab some milk, eggs, cereal and whatever you might like to eat. - We picked up bananas, salsa, stick butter and juice too.

I hope that this post has filled you with relief and given you a strategy for your upcoming move. After all, moving into a new place should be exciting not stressful! 

Good luck again to Sarah as she moves in and gets settled! I'm sure the new place is amazing and I can't wait to see pictures!

Thank you for reading! I hope that you will stop by My Favorite Things to say hello and follow my own little "ad-ven-chers" in thrifting, road tripping, and cooking like I'm feeding my entire extended family. :)

All for now,


Sarah :: Plucky in Love

Sarah, aka "Plucky", blogs on the reg, unless she's on vacation or there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon or she's mulling over the implications of the phrase "on fleek." She can't live without iced coffee, a portable phone charger, or equal pay. Say hello!


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