Relocating between states is already a major planning exercise, but when you don't have a new job waiting for you at the other end, then another level of thinking is needed. You don't know how long you are going to live without an income coming in, so how do you incorporate this into your packing plan? Use these two tips to make sure you take what you need to your new home, and also benefit from the things you no longer need.
Every time you move house, you should take this as an opportunity to cull away the belongings you don't use anymore. However, for this relocation, there are two things to bear in mind when you cull:
- Are you 100% sure you won't need this item at your new home? The cost to move the object is often less than replacing it, and you want to keep your spending outgoings to a minimum until you find another job;
- If you are positive you won't need the item, can you make money selling it on Gumtree or your local Facebook Buy/Sell group? Every dollar adds up in the bank account when you no longer have steady income.
Once you have finished the culling, then you can pack your items to suit your new temporary living arrangement.
Packing for living with others
When packing up your belongings because you are living with others until you find a new job and home, then you need two separate piles of belongings. The first pile is the stuff you need every day, and this includes current seasonal clothing, toiletries, shoes and electronics chargers. Pack these items into suitcases for easy portability, and so you can quickly identify them after removal from the removalist's truck.
The second pile of belongings is the stuff you do not want to part with but needs storing until you moved into your new home. Use an identical method of packing for these items, whether they are stashed in a spare room at your temporary dwelling or if they are going into a storage shed. These items get packed into boxes. Wrap fragile items in paper or bubble wrap. Be sure to boldly label fragile boxes, so they are easily identified. Number all boxes, and keep a running list of what items are in which box. That way, if you do need anything while you are staying at a temporary home, you can easily lay your hands on it.
Finally, try not to stress while you're in an interim living situation with half of your belongings packed up and the other half on hand. It's only a temporary situation, and once you do get a new job, you can find a more permanent place to live where you can surround yourself with all of your favourite things. For more information, contact companies like SCR - Sydney City Removalists.