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How to Move Like a Pro

After poking around on the internet for little more than a minute or two, we started to see a trend. People, for whatever self-flagellating reason, love to move in summer. Maybe it’s the thought of sweat-slicked, well-muscled movers or a fear of moving amidst an autumnal storm. We’re not 100% sure of the reasons, but we do know that for 80% of you, the summer season is really moving season.

No matter the time of year, moving house can be a daunting task. You’ve got delicate china your grandmother gave you. There’s that IKEA dresser you built and are fairly certain will never come apart again. And let’s not forget about the kitchen appliances! How the hell do you pack an air fryer?!

So, if you’ve got a move coming up and you’re feeling overwhelmed, fret not. Because Maison Flâneur is here to give you a hand. While we won’t actually be doing any manual labour, we are doing the metaphorical heavy lifting. We’ve got some invaluable tips for protecting your valuables when you put everything you own in a box to the left come moving day.

Grab those keys and let’s get moving, y’all.

1. Before you pack, do a cull.

Obviously, the easiest thing to do would be to simply dump everything you own into boxes, hand them over to the movers and wash your hands of it all. While that may save you time at the outset (and free up some mental real estate), we always make sure to go through everything we own and do some decluttering before we start packing. You don’t have to go full Marie Kondo, but a move is a useful inflection point to really evaluate whether or not you need or want each item you own. Haven’t used that conditioner since you brought it home from the supermarket? Donate it! Not that keen on those sequined, low-waisted stirrup trousers? Sell them on Vinted and put the cash toward a well-deserved post-move drink.

2. Remember, sometimes less is more.

One of the things that always surprises us most when we’re going through a move is how expensive the boxes and packing materials are. Even if you’re doing a DIY move and not springing for the pricey moving company, they can cost a pretty penny. Naturally, it may seem like a good idea to pack those boxes to the brim to save money (and the number of boxes you’ll have to transport), but this actually isn’t all that wise. Separate your boxes into categories or parcel them out by room. Old newspaper or kitchen towels make great padding when you’re packing dishware; there’s no need to swaddle them in those Egyptian cotton sheets.

3. Think ahead.

Get your priorities straight! And set them aside. Build a little box or pack a separate bag with things you know you’ll want right away. Your beloved Moccamaster, a set of sheets, a few dishes and a set of cutlery or two and you’re all set for your first night in your new place. You may think you remember where everything is or that you’ll go whole hog and unpack everything the first day but trust us – it ain’t gonna happen. A little foresight will serve you well.

4. Embrace a little procrastination.

If you’re anything like us, you probably started packing before you even found your new apartment. Though we love that sort of proactivity, we actually recommend holding out just a liiiiiittle bit longer. Don’t start packing until three weeks before your move at the earliest. You’ll still be living in your current space, and living in a sea of boxes is surprisingly demoralising. Save your energy – and your frustrations – for later.

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