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5 Tips for Making the Move Across Town

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5 Tips for Making the Move Across Town

Summer is upon us and that means moving season has started. Many individuals take advantage of the summer when making the move to another apartment or house. While there are many details that go into packing up your belongings and relocating, even when it is just across town, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Take a few minutes prior to the move to plan your steps and ensure success!

No matter what your plan is or how many belongings you are moving, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure your relocation is a success.

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1. Separate the times before moving into your new space and out of your old space.

If you are able to get the keys to your new house or apartment prior to the time you need to be out of your old apartment, try to secure this. Having a few extra days where you can make trips back and forth between the two spaces will take some of the pressure off the move. This will also allow you to set up your space before moving big-ticket items such as a bed or couch in to your new apartment or home.

2. Purge any items that you have not used in over a year.

This includes clothing, accessories, dishes, and house décor. Purging items that are not needed will save time during the packing and moving process. Chances are, when you move into your new establishment you will want to organize everything and get it set up, and what is the point of doing this with items you no longer need or use? Taking care of cleaning beforehand will save you both time and energy. Share these items with family, friends, or local organizations that accept donations.

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3. Condense items in their current packaging.

For example, if you have your shoes hanging in a shoe rack, roll up the rack and take this on the go instead of emptying all of your shoes from the rack, packing them, and then reorganizing them when arriving at your new establishment. The same rule applies to items such as clothing. Keep all of your clothing on hangers or in dresser drawers and place bags over them for the moving process. This will ensure that your clothing stays clean. When arriving at your new house or apartment, simply unpack the items and put them in their proper place. This rule can also be applied to jewelry boxes and other organizers containing accessories.

4. Call the professionals!

Moving large items such as beds and couches can be time consuming and physically demanding. In addition to this, it can also be difficult to secure the help of family and friends when making a move. Consider contacting a moving company to help make the movie easier. They will be able to help you situate your belongings in your new house and will ensure that all of your belongings arrive safe and sound.

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5. Pay attention to the rules of your new neighborhood.

When moving somewhere new, even if it is just across town, chances are that some of the rules will have changed. For example, there may be new parking regulations for street parking or an assigned parking lot for your complex. In addition to this, there may be other changes to your living arrangements such the assigned days to put your trash and recycling out. Checking with your landlord about any potential changes to be aware of will help to ease the transition.

Congratulations on finishing your move. Now it is time to unpack and organize all of your belongings and set up your new home!

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Featured photo credit: Photo by: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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