Packing Tips for the Big Move

Many of our guests stay with us while hunting for a new place to live, or while in between moving out of the old place and into the new. That’s why we’ve written up some of our favorite tips and tricks to make the moving process a little easier.

1. Make a Game Plan
It doesn’t matter if you have a month, a week, or a day to move. Start the process by coming up with a list of what you have to do, along with how long you have to do it. Then create a manageable timeline for getting everything done, and try your best to follow it. A timeline will keep you organized and help you stay on track, instead of procrastinating until the last minute.

2. Toss What You Don’t Want Before You Move
Many people end up moving junk from one home to another without ever finding a real place or use for it. This stuff, takes up valuable packing space and moving time. Before you box up your home, take some time to clean out your basement, junk drawers, closets and more for items you no longer need or use. If they are still in good condition, donate them – if not, toss them out!

3. Pack Strategically
It can be all to tempting to just grab a bunch of stuff and throw it into a box until its full. Take a few extra minutes to pack carefully, keeping things going into the same room or area (examples: kitchen and laundry rooms) together. It will truly make the move-in process much smoother and easier.

4. Label Everything
It’s such a simple tip, but labeling your boxes and bags can be a huge headache saver (especially if you follow our Strategic Packing tip). Keep a roll of masking tape and a marker with you at all times during the packing process. Don’t just label things ‘Bathroom’ or ‘Bedroom’ if you have a 2+ bedroom or bathroom. Be more specific and designate them Bathroom 1, Bathroom 2 etc.

5. Pack a ‘Right Now’ Bag
It can take you a while to fully unpack and get settled when moving into a new home. When packing up to go, pack a small suitcase with the necessities you’ll need right away. There’s nothing worse than going to take a shower and realizing all your towels are still packed away with the linens. Things to pack include clothes, a few dishes, cutlery and cookware (unless you plan on eating take-out all the time), toiletries and important paperwork and documents.

6. Relax
The biggest tip that we suggest when moving somewhere new is to relax. Moving can be an extremely stressful experience. If you find yourself overwhelmed, step outside, away from the packing chaos and take a few deep breaths. It will all get done. If you don’t think you’ll be able to accomplish everything, call in some movers or ask some friends or family members for help,

What’s your favorite packing tip? Comment with your answer.

 

 

 

 

The Winter Book List

Have you already read through our summer book list? Have no fear, we’re here with our fall must-reads list. These books are perfect for listening, while watching the leaves change on fall road trips, or for cozying up with, in your room at the end of a long day. We suggest pouring yourself a glass of wine, drawing a bath and cracking open one of these intriguing books.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailCheryl Strayed
Don’t be fooled by the Oprah Book Club sticker. While this is a book about the aftermath of a woman’s marriage falling apart, this is not another Eat, Pray, Love. Cheryl’s dark and gritty memoir will have you up reading until all hours of the night, as she recounts her time as an inexperienced backpacker hiking from California to Oregon. This book is being turned into a movie, and the actress Reese Witherspoon is getting lots of Oscar buzz. Read this book before the Academy awards her with another best actress nominee.

Edge of EternityKen Follett
If you love a good epic, we highly recommend The Century Trilogy, where the author traces the history of the 20th Century via five families. The Edge of Eternity is the final book in the series and it captures the eras most of us know best, 1960-1990. At over 1000 pages, this is a great pick for a business trip of a week or more.

Yes PleaseAmy Poehler
She made you laugh when she co-hosted the Golden Gloves, and in her first book, being released this fall, she’s guaranteed to have you laughing from start to finish. If you love Tina Fey’s Bossypants or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, then you’re going to fall in love with Yes Please.

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts – Multiple Authors
This is a great book to download as an audio file for long, dull highway driving, as it will keep you entertained for hours on end. This non-fiction book is by the smart and hilarious team at Cracked.com. Our favorite article from the book is “Five Conspiracies that Nearly Brought Down the US Government. Read it and let us know what your favorite true story was.

Gray Mountain - John Grisham
Love a good thriller? Pick up Grisham’s latest legal thriller, Gray Mountain. This fast paced novel set in Appalachia will keep you turning the pages. It’s perfect for reading while flying or waiting at the airport.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this fall?

 

 

 

 

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