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The 5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

By: Olivia Bae

July 12, 2017

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Whether you’re upgrading to your dream home in the suburbs or relocating to a chic loft in the city, moving is a pretty big deal. You’re leaving behind the safe haven you once called home and boldly stepping into unfamiliar territories. So before you say your final goodbye to your neighbors-turned-friends and embark on this exciting (and nerve-racking) new journey, we’re sharing our biggest relocation mistakes to help make your move smooth sailing!


Taking Absolutely Everything
This maximalist, bohemian style living room is filled with colorful artworks, patterned sofas and rugs, and chic light fixtures. The shiny, silver disco ball makes this space so much more snazzy!

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Moving into a new home marks the start of new beginnings. And while you’ll always have a place in your heart for that washed-up couch your college roommate left behind, you and your abode deserve furnishings that reflect your fresh, new outlook. Also, taking all of the items that you no longer need to your sacred space is like carrying unnecessary drama into a new relationship. Before your official move-in date, take time to reevaluate what you really need in your life and what holds true, genuine value.

Unorganized Storage
The 5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

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Fine china, brass hangers, and flip-flops don’t belong together. When packing your things, avoid simply throwing everything into any box. Unorganized boxes can lead to lost items or endless hours of searching to find one particular item. For delicate, treasured belongings, like porcelain plates and hand-painted cups, add an extra layer of packing paper or bubble wrap. Make sure not to overload your moving boxes either! After all, they’re made of cardboard.

Untitled Boxes
The 5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

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What’s worse than not organizing your moving boxes? Not labeling them. Unpacking can easily become an overwhelming and frustrating ordeal if your boxes aren’t named. Write a clear, concise title like “Wall Art” to remind yourself of what’s precisely inside a box. Doing this will also let movers know where they should place them. You can also number your boxes to prevent losing track of how many there were to begin with! Quick tip: include your label on the side of the box so that they are visible even when the boxes are stacked on top of each other.

Trying to be Superwoman

It’s physically impossible to be everywhere and do everything all on your own. Sure, not hiring movers can save you a hundreds, but with that decision often comes sore muscles and broken backs. Remember, your body is a divine home to your soul — it wasn’t made to carry a queen-size bed or stainless steel fridge. If you do decide to hire movers, invest plenty of time in finding the most reliable ones with reasonable estimates, quality insurance, and background checks on their employees.

Decorating Before Unpacking

You walk into your polished, new home and your heart immediately skips a beat. This blank canvas is where you’ll soon be hosting dinner parties and countless movie nights with friends, old and new. Feeling ecstatic, it’s understandable that you’d want to decorate your new space before doing anything else. But before you begin hanging your string lights and art prints, transfer that energy towards unpacking and cleaning. Neglecting your priorities can lead to your new haven becoming untidy and crowded.

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