Is this your first move? There are probably a million things to do for your move and you may not be sure where to start. You have heard the horror stories of moving and you are hoping to be the rule to the exception. To avoid the "first move woes" try following these tips to make sure everything goes smoothly:

  1. Don't be afraid to ask for help
    You've never moved before, so you're not really sure what you need or what the move is going to be like. So get someone who has moved before and ask for some advice. Whether it's about packing, things you need to bring, or just cleaning tips, an experienced mind can give you some valuable help. You'll be kicking yourself if you realize you forgot to bring a trash can, a blanket, a fan, dishes, silverware, socks, a toothbrush. A second mind can help make sure you have everything you need.
  2. Don’t overbuy
    Unless you’ve lived on your own before, it’s hard to know how much you eat, especially when you’ve been sharing with your family for your entire life. So when you move to your new place, don’t over-stuff your fridge and cabinets with food because much of it can become spoiled. For the first month, just buy what you need for a few days. At the end of the month you should better be able to judge how much you really eat.
  3. Don't worry
    You probably will feel really exhausted after you move in. This is because you’ve been cleaning, shopping, organizing, working, and going to sleep late. Don’t worry about it. After you’ve really settled in and have everything cleaned and under control, you should get your energy back again. There are several ways you can relax without spending additional funds.
  4. Don't forget to eat
    I said not to worry, but I didn’t say not to eat. You may be so overwhelmed by your first move that you might forget to feed yourself. When you’re done with cleaning for the day, make sure you eat and drink something healthy. You need to replenish your body with healthy nutrients to give you energy. Even though you might not be hungry, you don’t want to go a whole day of cleaning without nourishing yourself. Keep on hand some trail mix, fruit, and water during your move.
  5. Don't forget to do your laundry
    Maybe your mom has been doing laundry for you entire life. During the move, clean clothes could get lost in the shuffle and you need to make sure you have set aside clean clothes for the next few days. You don't want to find yourself realizing you have no clean clothes to wear.

Good luck on your first move!