People that plan to move for the first time usually have difficulties on where to begin with organizing and packing their household goods that acquire during all those years. Getting ready for a move is time consuming task, especially if you do it yourself. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to pack and organize your belongings.
If you’re downsizing, the first thing you should do is to go through your old stuff that you will not need in your new home and get rid of them. This step will reduce the amount of goods that you will have to transport and it will clean the unwanted clutter. You can ask your friends if they want any of those goods or simply take them to a donation center. This is also a good chance to have a garage sale and make some extra cash.
Then label those items that you don’t use often. Separate those items into rooms where they belong such as bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, living room, attic, garage, etc. Then label the boxes by different colors. Of course the color will depend on you as long as you assign one color per room. By doing so, you will make the unpacking in your new home less stressful and avoid complications.
When you’re packing fragile items make sure to wrap them individually with packaging paper or bubble wrap. Put the fragile items in small boxes and ensure that the most fragile ones are at the top. Insert crumpled paper in between gaps in the box to avoid from shifting. If you plan hiring a moving company, make sure to mark all fragile boxes so the movers take special care.
Remove clothing and linens from your dresser drawers and cabinets to reduce the weight of those cabinets. Put those clothes in large boxes or plastic bags. Lock your cabinet doors and drawers or put ropes around the cabinets to keep those drawers and doors closed. Make sure to place protective cartons on the corners of your furniture between the surface of your furniture and the rope to avoid scratches from the rope.
When it’s time to unpack, first start unpacking the essentials that you will need right away such as kitchen items, dining items and etc. The last items that you should unpack are those that you packed first, remember those items are the ones you rarely use and might even end up unpacked in the storage room.
If you have lived anywhere in the suburbs or even in another city, you should know that moving to NYC is a whole new ball game. It is not just a large, busy city – it is NYC. The pleasures, benefits and pitfalls of moving to a large city are magnified enormously when you move to NYC.
New York City has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Manhattan is the best and most expensive place, but very central and busy. The city also has three villages – West Village, East Village and Greenwich Village. Each area of New York City is worth exploring because of its quirks and landmarks, the atmosphere and ethnicity.
Some things to keep in mind before moving to NYC
Moving your stuff – Moving makes anyone experience a bit anxiety and finding a NYC moving company can either intensify or lessen some of this stress. When you are ready to transport your belongings from one city to another, the right NYC moving company can provide you peace of mind in regards to your journey to a new city. Check out this company for this matter – that is if you like peace of mind and also these moving tips for that matter.
Crowds – New York is extremely crowded, so expect to see lots of people everywhere. You can be pushed by crowds and you will find it difficult to walk against a crowd.
Apartments – If you have seen New York in television serials or movies, you can be assured that unless you are filthy rich, you are not going to get a large apartment. You will be lucky if you get an apartment with decent furniture and a usable kitchen, even if you have to climb a few floors to reach. The apartments are expensive, unless they are in an area where you won’t even consider living.
Subway/public transport – Having a car may be too expensive because of parking fees and you may feel good that moving to NYC means good public transport. While the subway does take you mostly everywhere and is very convenient, often some lines are closed and you may have to take a bus instead. The subway is overcrowded as well and you have to be careful with your belongings. As for cabs, you will be fortunate if you get one with the first wave.
Friends – Like other big cities, it may be difficult to make friends. The best way to do this is to join some groups, meet up clubs or take some classes. Otherwise you can end up alone and lonely.
Finances – Moving to NYC is expensive. The rent alone is going to burn a hole in your pocket. Eating out as in drinking and dining is extremely expensive.
The benefits of moving to NYC
The city gets to you – in no time you will feel at home, once you learn to navigate your way (and the subway and public transport is very easy to figure out).
Take away and home delivery foods are quite affordable and convenient. Bars are open till 4 a.m. and the city has a vibrant night life.
Culture – You can go to museums, free concerts in Central Park by the New York Philharmonic, free polo match in Governor Island. Then there is the Guggenheim, the Frick, MoMa, the Met, the Ballet, the Opera, movies, fun and high fashion.
Shopping – You can go to high fashion stores and splurge or buy cheap stuff from street and flea markets and second hand stores. It is also the city of knock-offs which you can buy very cheaply.
There are many outdoor activities to take part in New York City. Among the gardens/parks you can check out are:
- Central Park
- Coney Island
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- New York Botanical Garden
- Prospect Park
- Inwood Hill Park
- Staten Island Botanical Garden
Other outdoor activities include boat rides, dinner cruises, ice-skating in winter, the marathon, walking tours and more.
Moving to NYC is an exhilarating experience because the city offers something for everybody.