12 Tips for Moving into a New Apartment

While everyone was lighting off fireworks and parading around in their red, white and blue outfits for the Fourth of July, my fiancé and I spent the holiday moving into our new apartment. Adulting sucks, guys! (Although you should expect a youtube vlog about our moving experience sometime in the near future!)

To be honest, we were actually psyched to move somewhere new. Like I had mentioned in Life Lately, not only did we find this apartment within our first showing, unbelievable, but our new apartment happens to be bigger and cheaper. REALLY UNBELIEVABLE. Somebody pinch me! We won the lottery in apartment hunting!

Since it was the holiday weekend, we wanted our move to run as efficiently and smooth as possible, so we could hit the beach and celebrate afterwards! (More on our celebrations in a later post).

Here are the 12 tips you’ll need for moving into a new apartment.

Clean up

I can’t be the messiest person here, right? Before moving, make an effort to tidy up your current place, so that you don’t end up packing dirty dishes with clean dishes or smelly clothes with fresh clothes. That would be gross!

Start early

Lessen the workload for later by packing your out-of-season clothes, home decor, and other non-essentials a few weeks in advance.

Garage sale, anyone?

Before you move, take the time to trash, donate or resell any items that you won’t be needing in your next apartment.

More the merrier

Enlist some friends or family members to help you with the move. Extra hands would be helpful for carrying big furniture, like couches or mattresses!

Side note — While it’s not necessary to pay your friends, you should always thank them with a treat afterwards. We offered to pay for our friends’ drinks at our local hangout.

Another side note — If everyone claims to be “out of town” that weekend, consider hiring some movers. Then consider finding some new friends. (Kidding!)

Pack smart

Sometimes I get so involved with my mind game of Tetris, that I don’t realize when I’ve overpacked heavy things in one large box, which I can’t even lift. Amateur mistake. Always pack light things in large boxes and heavy things in smaller boxes. Don’t want to break your back!

Be resourceful

Rather than buying expensive bubblewrap, you should use towels, bedsheets, or clothes to line your fragile items, like plates, picture frames, and mirrors. We used one of our blankets to cover the TV during our move.

Make a game plan

Before you start piling up boxes everywhere at the new place, sketch out where you’d like the furniture to go. That way, you’re not scrambling over where to put the couch during the move.

Get some sleep

Packing can be stressful and physically demanding. You’ll want to get some sleep the night before, so you can wake up the day of feeling refreshed and at your very best.


Picking things up and putting things down. Simple right? Well, not if you do it 50 times in a row! Stock the new fridge up with drinks, so you will have something cold to hold you over in-between trips.

Those who struggle to stay hydrated should read 7 Tricks to Remind Yourself to Drink Water.

Label your boxes

With a sea of cardboard boxes, you’ll want some way to identify each without having to open them up individually. By labeling each box and grouping them by room (like living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc), you can keep track of everything. Bonus points to those who color code!

Pack an overnight bag

After an entire day of moving, I doubt you will have the energy to search for your toothbrush and other essentials. Prepare for your first night in your new place by packing an overnight bag full of toiletries, a fresh change of clothes, medication and your electronics!

Make it fun!

Unpack your speakers first, so you can listen to music as you move and unpack. A brand new apartment is more than enough reason to party it up!


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12 Tips for Moving into a New Apartment


  1. July 20, 2017 / 10:56 am

    So glad your move went well! This are all amazing tips for moving. I love the idea of putting on music and inviting friends and family to help! Also yes to the packing smart tip. I’ve done that way too many times. I look forward to seeing the vlog of your move!

    xx Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you! So glad these tips helped you. Although I have to give credit where it’s due, playing music was Dan’s idea! 😉

  2. July 20, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I hope your new apartment is awesome!

    I’ve moved a lot in the past.. 5 years and my favorite thing is purging stuff. I like cleaning out what I have and getting rid of more things!


    • July 28, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Wow that’s a lot of moving, Rachel! I bet you’re a pro at purging stuff now. You should do my apartment next!

  3. July 20, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I didn’t realize how dreadful moving (in general) is until I immigrated to the US two years ago. We moved out of my husband’s cousin’s house to move into our own apartment a month after. I despise packing and most especially unpacking! The next time we move (hopefully to our own HOUSE), we might consider hiring professional movers!

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Oh boy, moving to another country sounds hard! Professional movers are life savers! I would definitely recommend them.

  4. July 20, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Wow, I love this! Your apartment is so stunning and dreamy!

    Great tips too— probably will be useful for me when having to lug all my stuff back to college in a few weeks, too. 😉

    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Oh whoops, that is a stock image, since my apartment is in boxes at the moment! Sorry for the confusion. Good luck moving back into college!

  5. July 20, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Moving is so stressful! Especially when you stay at a place for so long, you start accummulating so much stuff. Great tips, Kim! Hoping you & Dan have a safe and quick move.

    Is this your future apartment by the way? It’s so beautiful and homey!

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks Eena! We have definitely accumulated a ton of random stuff over the years, which is why cleaning up beforehand was a must do & sorry for the confusion, I had used a stock image!

  6. July 20, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I absolutely loved this, Kim! I can’t wait to see your vlog with your moving experience on it – also, can we say – apartment tour?! That would be SO awesome when you’re settled in! Ha! I hope you guys are having a fab time getting settled, I’m so happy to hear you got a bigger apartment for less! That’s awesome!

    I hope you’ve had a great Thursday!

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Great idea, Michael! Hopefully we can film an apartment tour, although it won’t be anything special. Thanks for the comment!

  7. July 20, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Awe so exciting!! Congrats on the move girl. (And thank you for all of the tips, cause they’re all super helpful!!)




    • July 28, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you! Glad they helped.

  8. July 20, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Garage sale is a great tip I have so much stuff piling around, let’s get away with it! Offer drinks to your friends at your local place is a great idea, surely next time they’ll help again 😉 Have a great weekend

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      So glad these tips helped you, Simone! Hope you have a great weekend too.

  9. July 20, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Packing an overnight back is SO key. I actually usually pack a whole week’s worth of stuff because, ya know, life happens. I haven’t formally moved in YEARS. The last time I moved I donated everything to Goodwill and then just moved in with someone who already had all the essentials of apartment living. I must say, it was a lot easier.

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      What an ideal roommate! So glad you had an easier time moving!

  10. July 20, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Definetly make it fun. Boxing and unboxing is so tiring! Joking around and enoying the moment can make it better. Great tips!

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Yes, moving is stressful enough as it is, right?

  11. July 21, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Wow! Is that your new apartment? It looks huge! You did hit the apartment hunting jackpot! Can’t wait to see the rest of it! Love all your tips. Especially the box packing one. It’s such an obvious thing I never fail to overlook haha You’d think I’d realise by now.

    TFM Life & Style blog

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Oh whoops, that is a stock image, so unfortunately not my apartment, but thanks for reading! Hope these tips helped you out!

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Hope you find your dream apartment or home someday, Violette!

  12. July 21, 2017 / 4:05 am

    Thanks a lot for your amazing advices !!!
    Congrats for your new apartment

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks Marie

  13. July 21, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Is this your new apartment?! So cute! Great tips btw – Jon is moving in with me this fall and next year we’re moving to a much bigger place since I can’t break my current lease. I’ll keep these in mind. 🙂


    • July 28, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Congrats! Hope your move goes well. Actually, this is a stock image, my bad. Usually, I use my own images, so I can understand the confusion!

  14. July 21, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    We just moved to a new place and a lot of these tips are so useful! I love the “Keep Hydrated” one, because we definitely forgot to pack water and yeahh.. it wasn’t fun, lol


    • July 28, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Whenever I move, I always forget to pack food and water, so I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else! Thanks for visiting my site!

  15. July 21, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Moving can be such a stressful experience, but these are really great tips!! The new apartment sounds amazing, congratulations as well 🙂 Thanks for sharing lovely xo


    • July 28, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Aw thank you Erica!!

  16. July 21, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Great tips! I absolutely hate moving. I love being somewhere new, especially when it’s an upgrade, but hateee moving! I hope ya’ll love the new place!!

    Kara Aragon

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Moving is super stressful, so I agree on the hatred, haha. Thanks Kara!

  17. July 22, 2017 / 1:32 am

    It’s so cool that you and Dan moved in! Major congrats to the both of you! So happy to hear about you guys moving to your next stage of life!! I agree with all of your moving tips. I remember following all of these tips before moving into my apartment at school. I packed smart enough that I managed to take everything to school within one driving trip XD.


    • July 28, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Ah the pressure! Our apartment isn’t as pretty as the stock image I have up now, but hopefully we won’t disappoint you, Nancy! Also, you’re super smart, so I totally believe that you would be a packing pro!

  18. July 22, 2017 / 2:19 am

    Thanks for these tips! I’m due to move into a new place in September – I will surely keep these tips in mind! 🙂

    • July 28, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Good luck! September is a great time to move because the temperature starts cooling down from summer and you’ll get all the “back to school shopping” discounts, if you need to buy any small furniture!

  19. Gabrielle
    July 22, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Having a garage sale; selling or donating old things before moving on elsewhere is SUCH a good tip – and essential, if you want to save time and declutter in the long run!


    • July 28, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      So glad you agree! It takes time management and forward thinking, but it definitely helps for move-in day!

    • July 31, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Aw thank you for your sweet message!

  20. July 22, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Moving is the worst! I hate packing and unpacking so anything to make it better, I wholeheartedly encourage. Packing light boxes is such a great tip. It helps with all the heavy lifting and prevents you from breaking boxes.

    xx Yasmin

    • July 31, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Agreed, but I hope the tips helped you!

  21. July 23, 2017 / 2:11 am

    I honestly hope I never have to move into another apartment again haha. Throughout college and after college I swear I’ve moved like seven times ughhh. It’s so much work! But I agree there are some ways you can get through it. These are really great tips that I wish I had read back in the day!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • July 31, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Ah, I feel you girl. We move literally every year and will probably move again after this year. Glad to see that you’ve finally settled in though (or have you, since you’re traveling?)

  22. July 23, 2017 / 5:46 am

    Ah this is such a beautiful post – I love seeing tips like this as it really helps people that might not have thought about things before!

    Really looking forward to seeing a tour of the new place! 🙂

    Layla xx


    • July 31, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks for your support, Layla!

  23. July 23, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    omg YOU GUYS. this blog is a dream?! how have i only just found it? you guys are the cutest.

    haha i think i’d go a little bit too hard on the ‘get some sleep’ bit, when anything even remotely stressful happened i’d just take a kip instead!

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

    • July 31, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      Aw so happy to hear you love the blog! Getting some rest is probably a great de-stressor.

  24. July 24, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Love these tips!!! Moving can be such a hassle haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • July 31, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      It is!

  25. July 24, 2017 / 6:10 am

    wow nice tips ! The most important I think is to make it fun, having a lot of friends and inviting them to a moving party 😀

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      So true! Friends make everything memorable and fun!

  26. July 24, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I’m moving house soon, definitely bookmarking this post to come back to!
    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Ah yes, you’ll need these tips then!

  27. July 24, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Congrats on moving <3 I hope you had fun and everything went smoothly. These are great advice, especially the one about heavy things in small boxes. To be honest I wouldn't have thought about that xD

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks! I wouldn’t have thought of it until it happened to me.

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      YES! Love it!!

  28. July 24, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Moving is the worst, thanks for sharing all of these tips

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Unfortunately, moving is a necessary evil! Hope these tips helped.

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:58 pm


  29. Keri Elaine
    July 24, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Great tips! I have moved way to many times hahaha hiring movers is the best as far as heavy lifting. However, the most fun move I had was with friends! We all struggled to get my friends mattress up her narrow staircase and ended up dropping it and having her poor fiance get knocked back on the landing. We all had a laugh grabbed some drinks after. Good times hahaha!

    Keri Elaine

    • July 31, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      Aw haha that’s a funny story! I hope the fiancé was okay! Mattresses are pretty heavy. Thanks for your comment!

    • August 2, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Glad you enjoyed!

  30. July 25, 2017 / 4:23 am

    I appreciate this! I’m moving next month and have forgotten to label so many boxes!!


    • August 2, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Moving efficiently takes a ton of effort and self discipline, but so worth it in the end!

  31. July 25, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I moved several times when I was young because of my father’s job, and it can be a drag but I agree, you have to make it fun! 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • August 2, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Aw I bet you’re a professional at it now!

  32. July 25, 2017 / 7:02 am

    I moved many times as a student and ever since I have turned into a minimalist because I what it’s like to own too much stuff! Hope you will settle in nicely into your new place.


    • August 2, 2017 / 8:13 am

      That’s awesome! Minimalist is definitely the way to go when you have to move frequently.

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks Heather!

  33. July 26, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I hate moving but I do love that it provides an opportunity to get rid of junk you’ve totally forgotten about. It’s super hard to purge when you’ve been in one place for a while (I’m having this issue right now!).

    District of Chic

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      That’s a great way to think about it! I need to be better at purging items.

  34. July 29, 2017 / 5:59 am

    Friends are the best to help the move. I moved out of my Uni Halls, and put all my stuff in my new house. I brought two friends of mine to help me carry, and now I owe them lunch hahaha! Hoping everything went smoothly, love! <3

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      You have some great friends! Hope you enjoy the lunch together!

  35. miri
    July 29, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Oh congratulations. That sounds like a dream apartment – bigger and cheaper! I can´t wait for the vlog.

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks Miri! We love living at the new apartment so far.

  36. August 19, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Awesome tips! i think doing work ahead of time like you suggest is key. I always found myself thinking I could get it done in a day and in no way was it possible.

    Nice post!

  37. August 19, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Nice post! Definitely planning ahead of time is huge for me because it’s so hard and I’m bad at it! Also great tip on the heavy stuff not being in one box.