As I am sure you all know by this stage, I recently moved apartments here in NYC. I’m presuming you know because I feel like it’s all I’ve talked about this year so far, haha! It was definitely a process and one that sometimes was a little more stressful that I would have liked. But…thankfully, I lived to tell the tale. So today I wanted to chat a little more about it. There was a lot I learned throughout the move and I thought it might be helpful to share a few of those key things in this post. Hopefully this will help any of you who are also going through a move or have one coming up.
1) The Less You Have The Better
This is probably a little obvious but I can’t stress it enough. I feel that us New Yorkers (can I call myself a New Yorker after 5 years?!) tend to hoard. It’s not totally our fault. We live in a small spaces and it’s very easy to collect things here and even easier to hold on to them. However, trust me when I say, you do not need HALF of your stuff. I had a huge clear out before I moved and it made the whole process so much easier (& cheaper). It also made unpacking in my new place a lot more straight forward as I knew everything I was bringing with me were things I loved and needed. I was so happy finding places for them all.
2) It’s Going To Be A LOT!
I’m not trying to scare you but moving (in New York) is no small task. I’m definitely guilty of thinking it was going to be easier than it was. I thought packing up my whole life and moving here from Ireland was hard but I think this could have been worse haha! Between organising the timing of the whole thing i.e movers, selling things I didn’t need and packing everything, I realized it takes a lot of time and patience. But if you’re ready for this & come to terms with it before you start you will be so much better off. Often, things have to get a worse before they get better.
3) Using Smart Moving Solutions Is A Game Changer
If you can do any ting thing to make the whole thing more seamless, DO it. You may remember we used a storage service called Simplify Storage to put anything we didn’t need for the new place away. AND we also rented their moving bins. So instead of buying cardboard boxes and making them up, Simplify Storage dropped off 15 bins for us to use. We fitted loads into them, used them for moving and as soon as we were finished, they came to the new apartment and picked them up. It couldn’t have been more straight forward. They also lock with ties so no double taping boxes. I’m honestly so happy we went with this option. Not to mention it is SO much better for the environment. Oh and on a quick side note, I also ordered these cushion pouches which made packing a little easier too.
4) You Can NEVER Be Too Organised
I think this one definitely speaks to someone like me who moved from a walk up building to a luxury building. The reason for this is that in luxury buildings you can’t just show up with your stuff to move in. You need to book a time in advance to use the service elevator. You also need to book this if you need to get any large items delivered such as furniture. These can book up so it’s definitely best to do it in advance especially as you need to co-ordinate with the movers as well. I also learned that movers book up weeks in advance too so you can’t be too casual about booking them. Small things but definitely ones to note.
5) It’s Worth It!
… And lastly (if I haven’t turned you off moving by now, LOL) I learned that it is all SO worth it in the end. Even with all the stress involved I would do it again in a heartbeat. I actually regret not doing it sooner. Since moving, I feel like I have moved to New York all over again and it has just given us such a new lease of life here. All (well most ;)) of the moving chaos seems like a distant memory now.
I hope you enjoyed this quick post and if you would like to see our moving process in a little more detail be sure to check out all of the recent VLOG’s on my YT channel. I even share some more moving hacks in this one.