The DIY Moving Survival Kit

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Do you have plans of moving to a luxury Glenwood apartment in the near future, or know of someone who is? Whether you decide to hire help or do it all yourself, creating a moving survival kit will surely be appreciated throughout the process. Taking on a “do it yourself” move can save a few bucks and create fun memories along the way, and with that, our survival guide will help ensure you’re fully prepared for the unexpected, last-minute, and out of the blue happenings!

When Should I Start Packing?

Knowing when to start packing all of your items can get tricky when moving everything by yourself. It’s best to approach the packing process in a few phases:

  1. What can you live without (1 week from your move)
  2. What can you make do without temporarily (3-4 days)
  3. What do you absolutely need (with you at all times)

Once you have a solid idea of what items of yours belong in each category, let the packing begin! For example, you can live without your couch, dining room table, or book collection for a few days. Items you can temporarily live without include pots, pans, or television sets. Now, your essential items are those you need everyday, like toiletries, a change of clothes, medication, important documents, and so on. If you haven’t thought of it already, and overnight bag is definitely an essential!

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Prep an Overnight Bag

Throughout your DIY moving process, it may feel overwhelming to have all of your belongings scattered between two different apartments, hotels, or a friend’s place. However, perhaps your most important accessory throughout this move (besides your moving checklist) is an overnight bag.

  • Toiletries (shampoo, body was, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • An extra set of clothes and pajamas
  • Blankets and a pillow
  • Important documents
  • Valuables or precious keepsakes
  • Cell phone, iPod, and laptop chargers

Stock Up on Snacks

After taping shut, picking up, and dropping off boxes to your new apartment at The Belmont, you’ll be ready for a crunchy snack and cool bottle of water in no time! Moving day can be hectic, so have a stash of snacks nearby for a quick bite to eat between trips. A few great options include granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, artisan pretzels, and so on. Whatever your taste or dietary needs are, be sure to choose items that can make do without refrigeration or specific cooking instructions.

Our Shared Secret: Truth be told, one can never have enough snacks, but make sure you give your body proper fuel throughout the move. Since your pots and pans may still be packed up for a few days, stock up on gift cards to local restaurants or coffee shops in Midtown East. Not only will you have a good meal closeby, but it’ll encourage you to check out the restaurant scene of your new neighborhood!

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Create an Essentials Box

Imagine this: You have just stepped foot into your new home at The Regent. The views of Manhattan are breathtaking, the luxury kitchen is calling your name, and the master closet is begging to be organized. But oh no, you can’t find a pair of scissors to cut open your moving boxes, or a garbage bag to throw extra trash in! Now what?

With all that is going on, there are a handful of essentials people forget to set aside for their new West Side home. These items will help you settle in on the first day, and should be the last packed and first unpacked during your move to ensure convenience. Here’s what we’d recommend to include:

  • Cleaning supplies (window cleaner, bleach)
  • Hand and dish soap, as well as sponges
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • A fully stocked tenant toolbox
  • Recyclable dishware and cups (since yours may still be packed)
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Don’t Be Afraid to Recruit Help

Deciding to tackle your move all by yourself is a big step, and can honestly feel a bit overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to ask close friends or family members to lend a helping hand throughout your move. Not only will this lessen the amount of boxes you need to carry, but it’ll create a memory of sharing this exciting time with loved ones. Plus, if you throw in a pizza dinner, we’re sure you won’t have a hard time finding help!

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