Keep them doggies moving…RAWHIDE.

The approaching holiday weekend marks one of the busiest time for moves, and it just so happens that Making It Small headquarters are moving too. Don’t worry we aren’t moving to a McMansion, we’re saying true to our smallness, but instead of an apartment, we now have a little house with a yard. The move requires us to leave the hustle and bustle of downtown, but we aren’t going all country, just up the FWY to Pasadena, CA. I’m a little sad to leave my little loft behind, but I’m excited about starting our next adventure, in fact if you look real close I think you can see our new little home smiling.

Tomorrow I will be busy moving, but before I sign off for the day, I will leave you with my tried and true tips for a smooth move.

  1. De-Clutter. Preparing to move, is a good excuse to pare down what you no longer need or use. Sell, donate, or trash as much as you can pre-move.
  2. Designate a room where you can stack boxes that you have packed, so that they are out of the way.
  3. Whenever possible try to schedule the move mid-week, it tends to be cheaper, easier to make reservations, and less crowed when moving from (or to) a large apartment complex.
  4. If doing the move yourself, invest in renting (or buying if you move a lot) the right tools. I bought a heavy duty dolly, and a tape gun years ago and have never regretted it. Other must have’s: Wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes, an appliance hand truck, and mattress covers with handles.
  5. Label, label, label (Rawhide!). The more descriptive you can be when you pack, the easier it will be when you have to prioritize which boxes need to be opened first.
  6. On moving day consider having someone look after small kids and pets.
  7. Pack an essentials kit. I like my kit to include everything I will need right away in the new house. Include things like toliet paper, toiletries, a change of clothes, clean sheets and towels, a coffee maker (if you drink coffee), protein bars, pet supplies and medication.