There comes a time in every young life when they get ready to leave the nest. Whether you're preparing to embark on the next chapter of your life, or you're a proud parent helping your child take the next step, here are a few tips to help make this transition even easier.
Organize your boxes.
Moving can be chaotic! But if you start off being organized, unpacking will be a breeze. Use duct tape for color-coding - red for the kitchen, blue for the bathroom, yellow for your room, or any color combination you desire - to make sure your stuff ends up in the right rooms. Number your boxes and label them, then create a spreadsheet so you know what items are in what box. This is especially helpful when it comes to your valuable or most-used items. Plastic bins also work - that way, you can actually see what's in them.
Rent a storage unit.
Not enough room in your new place, but can't leave it behind? Or do you have to spread the moving process out over a couple of weeks? Even if it's only for a temporary time, renting a storage unit can help ease your move, allowing you to unpack at your own pace instead of having rooms full of boxes. If you're renting one for a longer period of time, then it's a simple way to keep your new home organized.
Change your address.
While it may seem obvious to tell your friends and family, don't forget to tell your bank, credit card company, Amazon, Etsy, and any other online company your card or address may be hooked up to.
Set a budget.
And then follow it! You don't want to find yourself unable to pay that month's rent because you spent too much during your friend's bachelor(ette) party weekend. Use a spreadsheet so you can visually see your income, expenses, and savings. Be smart about what you spend - thrift stores and DIY projects are a great way to decorate your new home for a low cost. Try to save some money for the "what-if's" in life. That way, you're prepared if a bigger, unexpected expense comes up.
Leaving the nest can be an exciting, yet overwhelming event. By getting organized right from the beginning, you can feel confident that you're prepared for whatever life brings next.