Moving into a new apartment soon? Use this checklist to not miss a beat and make the move as smooth as possible!

6 to 8 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Create a file for every document relating to the move to keep organized and in one easy place.
  • Review your current lease so you know how you should inform your landlord that you’re going to vacate.
  • Looking into hiring professional help for moving? Start pricing out options now. TaskRabbit can help with finding a mover to fit your needs.
  • Gather supplies such as boxes and tape to start the packing process. It’s better to get ahead of it before it becomes crunch time.
  • Explore the neighborhood you’re going to be living in! Take a drive around and checkout nearby shopping and restaurants.

4 to 5 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Start going through your items and donate any items you don’t need or haven’t used over a period of time. Getting rid of what you can means less stuff to pack!
  • Finalize your moving arrangements with the moving company, your new apartment complex, and any help you’ll need from family / friends.
  • Start packing nonessentials. Separate your valuables from everything else so they don’t get mixed up or damaged during the move. We love these tags for boxes.
  • Fill out your change of address form provided by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Schedule cancelation or transfer of your utilities.

2 to 3 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Change address with your bank and any mail service companies (Amazon, box subscriptions, magazines, etc.).
  • Finish making arrangements with the utility companies.
  • Review your current lease for any cleaning that is required and schedule a cleaning day. Use Care.com to have someone do it in the case you just don’t have time for that.

1 Week Before You Move:

  • Finish packing. You’re almost there!
  • Pack one essentials suitcase for everything you’ll need for the first two nights at your new place.
  • If you have access to your new place, give it a thorough cleaning to get ready for the move.
  • Confirm the installation date of your new utilities and details with the moving company.
  • Setup rent payment for your new apartment.
  • Have your favorite treat for finishing packing. Wine and chocolate could do the trick

Moving Day:

  • Deep breath. You can do this!
  • Before turning in the key for your old apartment, do one final walk through making sure you didn’t miss anything. Complete any cleaning required in your lease.
  • After your items have been moved into your new place, plan the unpacking process one room at a time and by priority items.
  • Go to dinner (and take the family and friends that helped you too) or order in, whatever works!

The feeling of coming home to a well organized apartment feels…nice, right? Everything has a place and every inch is used to create a space where you can live and breathe. We got you!

Tip 1: Use Your Wall Space.
Grab broom holders and tall bookshelves to make the most of your wall space and remove things that are shoved in corners of the closet. Adding these small touches help to organize cleaning items and also give your decor a place to bring an ambiance to your space.

Drawer organization

Tip 2: Drawer Management.
We all have ONE of those drawers (or more), the ones where junk just goes and is a mix of everything. Add some purpose to the chaos with drawer organizers. That way the next time you need tape, you’ll know exactly where to look.

Tip 3: No More Tangled Necklaces
Hang your necklaces. Trust us. Grab several of these to hang on your closet wall and organize your jewelry by color or style.

Tip 4: Bathroom Cleanup
Start with the cabinet under your bathroom sink. These clear caddies help in keeping soap, lotion, extra razors, and other hygiene items in easy view so you can see when it’s time to restock.

Tip 5: Multipurpose Coffee Table
It’s a coffee table! No, look again. It’s a coffee table AND a storage bin. Yes! We love this coffee table that can easily hide magazines or unused seasonal decor.

closet organization

Tip 6: Maximize Closet Space
Closet space often comes as limited real estate in any apartment or home. Get the most out of your closet space by adding more storage options with a tall chest of drawers. These can be used for t-shirts, workout clothes, or shoes.

Tip 7: Use Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Extend storage possibilities to the doors of your kitchen cabinets. Use these over the door organizers to hold cookie sheets, cutting boards, or muffin tins.

Tip 8: Hang Cleaning Supplies
Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your closet door to hold all of your cleaning supplies (because let’s be real, those things don’t hold ALL of the shoes most people own).

Tip 9: Towel Hooks
Use these handy S hooks to hang towels or to air dry items from your shower rod.

Tip 10: Hidden Storage
For furniture that has height off of the floor, like beds, use roll away storage bins to easily create more storage that is hidden from view.