Want to make your transition into your new apartment at Vantage at Wildewood as seamless as possible? Moving season can be a stressful time, and moving into an apartment can require a little extra strategizing. But with some forward-thinking prep, moving can be a relatively peaceful transition.
Read on for some of our favorite tips for making your next move streamlined and successful:
1) Collect boxes early. You can save a lot of money by getting boxes for free instead of buying them all, but it can take some time to source them, so start the process early. Friends and family are the obvious people to ask, but you can also ask local businesses if they have extras they don’t need, and there’s always the “free” section on Craigslist.
2) Stock up on supplies. If you’re going the economical route, you can plan to use sheets and towels you already have to pack many of your most fragile items. For any remaining fragile items, you’ll need bubble wrap, plastic peanuts, newspaper, or whatever material you prefer. And of course, don’t forget packing tape and Sharpies. Colored stickers like these can come in handy for labeling.
3) When it comes to packing, get a head start, preferably 2-3 weeks early. If you have a full schedule, starting early can really de-stress the packing process—just pack one or two boxes every evening. Obviously, start with the things you use the least. Now is also a great time to declutter so you can save space in your new digs.
4) Label generously. Label each box by room, on two sides and on top. Label fragile items very noticeably—it’s an easy note to miss in the busyness of moving day. To jog your memory, underneath the room label, write down a few items the box contains.
5) Color code. To make things even simpler, use stickers to color code each room along with its corresponding boxes.
6) Think ahead about storage. When moving into your new Columbia-area apartment, you’ll want to make the best use of every inch of space you have available. Think about your vertical storage options ahead of time, and add them to your packing so it’ll be easier to unpack and organize everything later.