How to Move in 3 days

Good afternoon my fellow caffeine addicts! I’m here today to explain to you how for the…third time in my life I’ve moved in 3-4 days. Before I do, you need a little context. I moved a lot as a kid. I do mean a lot. We were always moving on to a new house, a new school district, a new job. I never stayed at one school for more than 3 years. I have moved at least 17 times in my life not including moving in and out of college dorms. That averages to moving about one and a half times every year.

Because I moved so much as a kid, I don’t have a lot of stuff. You can ask Kristen or my husband, or really anyone who ever lived with me. I actually recommend you ask my mother, because she’ll take credit for it. So let me skip on to my practical advice for people who aren’t as…minimalist as me.

What my husband looked like on Saturday, after my part of the moving was done.

1. Logistics, logistics, logistics.

In a quick move the hardest part is figuring out the logistics. If you can afford it, hire professional packers and/or movers. Either way, keep reading.

  • How are you going to move? Find a friend with a truck and a trailer, or rent a u-haul immediately.
  • Who is going to move you? If you only pay for one thing, I recommend you pay for movers. Otherwise, call all your friends, post on social media, be that annoying person asking for help moving. I recommend you at least buy them food and supply water.
  • What are you forgetting? Get your utilities turned on, schedule a move in appointment, get moving supplies, figure out a plan for your animals.
Listing your things for sale online when you’re a minimalist.

2. List everything for sale that you don’t need or want to take with you ASAP.

How do I decide what to sell?

  • Look at what you KNOW you don’t need. I was moving from a 3 bed 2 bath home to a 2 bed 2 bath apartment. The washer and dyer were provided where I was going. So I took a few photos, looked around Facebook Marketplace, and put them slightly below market average. They sold the same day.
  • Look at what you haven’t used in however long since you last moved. I purged a lot of clothes. With clothes you can try selling them online, with several apps that have developed like Poshmark, or take them to a consignment store and try your best there. I recommend everyone do this. Use the money to buy clothes you will actually wear.
  • Look at the things that are still in boxes. Almost all of us have a storage room or a closet or a back room with boxes we never unpacked. Either make a plan to use or display them, or sell them. This is how I decided to sell my porcelain dolls that I collected with my grandmother as a child.

3. The Cliche Organization Method…but it’s all trash.

  • Before you do anything else, go through your entire house with trash bags. Throw all the obvious trash that piles up away.
  • Go through all the stacks of paper. If it is important, put it in a folder or binder with a label. If it isn’t, it’s trash.
  • If something has missing parts, pieces, or is broken (try not to lie to yourself about fixing it) it is trash.
  • For the cliche part, grab boxes AND trash bags. Put trash in the trash bag, put items you no longer want that aren’t trash in a donate bag or box. Drive your donations somewhere so you aren’t moving them. Pack the rest.
  • As you are going through everything and moving furniture you will find more trash….THROW IT AWAY.
  • If you haven’t seen it in months and your heart doesn’t immediately leap when you find it, it’s trash.

Your instinct may be to hold on to things, but packing is easier if you accept your trash. Say it with me, THROW. IT. AWAY! Let me add, I encourage donating and recycling as much as you can. I’m just encouraging you to reconsider what you keep.

A realistic depiction of my trash and donate pile

4. How to ACTUALLY Pack Everything Quickly

  • Pack by category then by room. Start with bookcases, shelves, and closets. Categories that pack easily. Pack the rooms you don’t use as often like spare bedrooms, garage, or office. I save the kitchen and the bedroom for the last day. The only things you should be packing on the last day are bathroom necessities, medications, and bedding.
  • Label EVERY box with the contents and the room you want it placed in on moving day. Write in big if it is heavy or fragile on the top and at least one side.
  • Put all heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in big boxes so you don’t hurt yourself or your moving help.
  • Take breaks, but then get back to packing. You don’t want to burn yourself out, but at the same time, moving quickly requires you to maintain a consistent pace. Take breaks only to breathe, sit for a bit, eat, go to the bathroom, and sleep. I recommend taking showers and bathing to help with the pain and relax for a bit.
  • Stage your place as you go. This means moving all your furniture and boxes into a centralized location. This allows you to know more clearly what is left to pack and…drumroll please…throw away!
A photo of the box wall I made before moving on Saturday. This is almost all of the boxes used for our house. Ask me how many boxes we couldn’t unpack because we didn’t have space?

Moving can be stressful, but hopefully this helps. Honestly, I’ve gotten to the point where I prefer to move in about a week. any longer, and I stress out more. Maybe, you can do this too.

For our regular readers, for the first time ever, I did complete NaPoWriMo. Even with all this moving and changing jobs I managed to complete 30 poems in thirty days. I want to give y’all and Kristen the credit for my continued dedication and motivation. While there won’t be more poems, we have plenty planned for you this month.

On my lips: Twisted Kiss

In my Batman Mug: Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Black Tea

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