The Woes of Moving

I’ve moved a total of four times in two years. Or something like that. Basically, I’ve had to pick up, pack up, and move all of my belongings four more times than I would ever want to in my lifetime. Moving is the biggest pain. Figuratively and literally. I most recently moved from the third floor of an apartment complex and I was feeling the pain after 78 flights of stairs (via FitBit)! From my experiences I am going to do my best to fill you in on some tips and tricks to make the moving process less difficult and less expensive.

  1. PLAN AHEAD
    Without this step, you might as well just tell yourself now you’re going to be scrambling and frantic come moving time. I was in some bad spots for a couple of my moves. For one, my parents sold their house unexpectedly quickly in my last year of college and I had about two weeks to find a new place and move there post-finals. So in this instance, I had the cringe-worthy challenge of packing and moving without much time to plan ahead. In my most recent endeavor, however, I knew two to three months ahead of time where I was headed. I was moving to a new city and I allotted plenty of weekdays and weekends to packing up my apartment and taking as much as I could fit in my car at one time to my new home, thereby lessening the amount to move on actual moving day. (Also, don’t wait until the day of to try and pack up an entire room and then some. Make each trip home and away really count!) If you know that you are going to need extra help to move, or are going to rent a truck, or schedule cleaners, or whatever it may be, planning ahead will eliminate a ton of stress from day one.
  2. CONSOLIDATE/THROW AWAY
    Oh boy, is this the most difficult part of the moving process for me. I’m a hoarder and a pack-rat and to me everything has some kind of sentiment making it worth keeping. But on more than one occasion, I’ve had to let go of more than a few things in order to fit into my new space, or to make my new space way less cluttered. It’s cathartic and bittersweet and when I’m done I feel so accomplished! Those tennis shoes you’ve had since high school? Toss ’em. The jeans you wore when you were ‘skinnier’ that you’re hoping to be able to fit back into soon? Donate ’em. The costume jewelry you’ve had since seventh grade? Can you see where I’m going with this? Even if you’re a champ at letting things go, consolidation when it comes to moving is still a game-changer. Try to use boxes that are pretty much the same size and not too big to carry. A lot of retailers will donate their conveniently-sized boxes happily instead of making all those trips to the dumpsters or recycling bins. Consolidating your belongings into similarly-sized boxes and labeling them by room makes them easier to pack, move, stack, and unpack.
  3. ENLIST THE HELP OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY
    I will attest that having your friends and family help you move is awesomely cost-effective! I was fortunate enough to have a few guy friends and my boyfriend’s family spend several hours on a Sunday afternoon helping me load up and unpack a truck. Had I needed to hire movers, the trip and labor would have cost me about $800 that I didn’t have. I was never the best at Tetris (or carrying heavy boxes down three flights of stairs) but my helpers were patient and took the time to carefully move, pack, and stack boxes so I wouldn’t lose or break anything. With movers, they are not always so careful! Planning ahead and making sure the actual items to be moved have been consolidated makes for a way easier time for you AND those who you’ve enlisted to help you move!

Using the aforementioned steps I was able to make my actual moving day much less horrific than it could have been. It took up most of my Sunday and several trips before then, but nothing was lost or broken and everything stayed organized to my liking between take-down and set-back-up.

Here is another really helpful blog post I used to simplify my move.

If you’ve got any tips or tricks that made moving easier for you or saved you money, let me know in the comments!

Save or Splurge: My Current Makeup Favs

I’m a huge makeup lover! Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products right now!

SAVE

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e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer ($6)

 Primer was something I had to convince myself to try–did I really need it? Before spending money on something I wasn’t completely sure was necessary in my makeup routine, I opted for a budget-friendly drugstore brand. My skin surely ain’t my strong suit! It’s oily, splotchy, and I was diagnosed last year with adult cystic acne. It totally sucks. But what doesn’t suck is how smoothly this primer allows me to apply my foundation. Not only is it just $6, but it also minimizes shine all day long while preventing new breakouts from forming, extending the wear of my foundations. Totally worth the investment.

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7)

I could seriously rave about this lippie formula for days. It’s smooth, lasting, pigmented, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear these. I linked a personal fav, Sandstorm. It’s a much more affordable Kylie Lip Kit dupe too!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)

Let’s face it, ladies. Who really has time to wash their hair every single day?! If you do, I truly envy your time management skills and your clean, shiny hair. For those of us like myself, who value sleeping in just a little longer in the mornings, there is the miracle of dry shampoo. This one is only $8 bucks, and it smells amazing! I normally get the blonde hint of color spray bottle, but I have linked the original just in case you don’t happen to be blonde!

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Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara ($7)

Mascara is one staple about which I have zero guilt buying at the drug store. I’ve been using this particular kind since it was released. It received some hilariously terrible reviews, but even so I can personally say I have had nothing but great experiences. My tube is with me wherever I go.

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Physician’s Formula Argan Oil Bronzer ($15)

I’m a fan of shimmer in my blush and bronzer, but what I love about this particular one is the shimmer isn’t too overpowering, but the bronzer still dons great color. It applies easily with the brush inside the compact, and it even smells good enough to eat.

SPLURGE

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Jentry Kelley Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($40)

Y’ALL. I am spilling my best-kept-secret right now! Obsessed is an understatement when it comes to this foundation. Buildable, water-resistant, sweat-resistant, lightweight, but packed with coverage. If there ever was a foundation that did it all, this is it. I prefer my foundations with more of a matte finish (less dewy) and I hit the jackpot here. Do yourself a favor and splurge on this right now!

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Living Proof Night Cap ($28)

Dry, damaged hair might as well be my middle name. Keeping up with a bright blonde isn’t an easy task, but with this leave-in formula, it makes it so much less of a pain. I use this every time I wash my hair (about twice a week),  and it keeps my hair shiny, soft, and way less damaged.

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush ($28)

Like I mentioned earlier, I love shimmer. These 12-hour blushes come in a ton of gorgeous colors and most of them have at least a hint of shimmer! Blushing Bride is my fav, but I’m learning to venture into brighter-colored blushes and recently have been wearing Fearless. Love them all!

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes ($49)

I get it, everyone owns one or all of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I do, all of my friends do. But last summer I got tired of the colors and wanted something different. In a hurry, I landed on the Stila Eyes Are The Window palette in Soul and I hit pan within just a few weeks I wore it so often! The shadows are pigmented, fun, versatile, and the palette case being so pretty doesn’t hurt!

If you have a favorite save or splurge cosmetic item, let me know in the comments!