SMALL SPACE DWELLER HANDBOOK:
Tips For Managing Your Time When Preparing Your Move


Looking forward to move into our new 2 bdrm space, which is conveniently located right next door. I have about 2 weeks (plus holiday travel and a whole lot of work at my ad agency) to plan our move. I am following a few steps to help my move go smoothly. These are great tips that can help you figure it out...

1) Create a 1-page daily schedule - a real calendar - of the days leading up to moving day. On the sheet, include phone numbers to the movers, the power company, the gas company, the cable company, any vendor that you will need to contact on or during the moving process.

2) On that note, book your vendors - your movers, the cable guy, etc. It's never too late to put these services on hold.

3) Prioritize what things you need to get right away and what you can wait for. For our experience, we need to get some big appliances, like a fridge and washer/dryer. (It's common for some LA rentals not to come with a fridge.) We knew we needed those things so we went out, bought the items on amazing sale at Sears and will have them delivered and installed a few days before our move. I also want to hang all of the curtains. Those are the things we "need" at the moment. While having the 2nd bedroom is wonderful, we can wait on getting the sofa bed.

4) Plan your packing days. Dedicate 1 or 2 fulls days and simply pack. I find that doing it here and there for 2 weeks can feel incredibly overwhelming. I think tackling all of the packing over 2 - 3 days is best. Get it done and check it off your list!

5) Label all of your boxes. Trust me, this is worth the little time it takes to do. The move will feel better and you will feel more in control.

6) Once all your stuff is in your new place, make your bed. It's easy to do and will make you not only feel like you are home in your new home but that you are making progress in unpacking.

Enjoy!!

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15 Responses to "SMALL SPACE DWELLER HANDBOOK:
Tips For Managing Your Time When Preparing Your Move

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Sara said... 11/17/2008

Good tips. I might have to move in Chile soon. I don't even know if they have moving trucks here. I might need to find that out.

Anonymous said... 11/17/2008

I have always loved making "the small" efficient and cozy. I'm a project manager and one can never have too many tips. I'll be moving in January back to "the H wood" hood. Cool site. Congrats on being a "Blog of Note". - Staci

Inkpot said... 11/17/2008

These are really good tips. Thanks for sharing them. I particularly like doing all your packing in dedicated days rather than piecemeal. I would do it in dribs and drabs and get totally overwhelmed! :) Good luck with the move and your lovely new home.

Melania Szinger said... 11/17/2008

Hi,

1st of all I am really intrigue with the "welcome area" idea. I'll make 1 for myself.

2nd, I also love the idea of eating small. Ever heard that French women never get fat? Coz they eat small, and they savour their food.

3rd, I'm currently self-renovating my master bedroom. Planning on making a partition with chipboards, so as to create another small room within. I have small spaces at home too. Cheers!

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Jen said... 11/17/2008

found you by way of Blogs of Note. And became an instant fan because: 1) I dwell in a smallish condo with a husband and two children and cat and 2) the snap of Tucson, which is the the smallish condo I dwell in...uh, dwells. So glad to find someone who has fond feelings for Tucson, as it really is a great place. Now. I'm off to get caught up on all the goodness you're little spot in the world 'o blog has to offer. Cheers!

money magnet said... 11/18/2008

good article. thank very much

The villager: said... 11/18/2008

Good suggestions. Lovely blog.

PopCloud said... 11/18/2008

Great tips. I do live in a small place, and sometimes I have no ideas. Eating small in order to savour food, it is so true, I am european, but sometimes I don't eat "that small".

MEER said... 11/18/2008

Very interesting,surprising many of the suggestions are all people should do.

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contrlfreq said... 11/18/2008

i love that clock.

LOVING/LIVING/SMALL said... 11/18/2008

THANK YOU for the comments! :) Also meer pointed out that small space tips can work in ANY space! Great thought and so true!

Cheri Block Sabraw said... 11/18/2008

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dulik said... 11/18/2008

Thanks for good tips!

Molly Dove said... 12/01/2008

I want to echo the importance of labeling boxes. "Misc" becomes the catchall and when you need something the MISC boxes (there always seems to be more than one) are a real pit to wade through.

Also I recommend an overnight kit, just like when you travel, so you have a change of clothes, your toilet articles, the book you are reading, the bill you must pay by Friday, etc.

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