Unit: Renter's Life
Hey, I’m Taylor Vogel and this is Now That I’m Not Your Teacher. [cue music] Each week we’ll explore an aspect of adulting that you might have missed in school. Since I used to be a teacher, I’ll structure it in ways that are proven to help you retain information. But since I’m not your teacher anymore, I can approach it in a way that’s honest and sometimes inappropriate for a classroom.
In this week’s unit, we’re exploring Renter’s Life—making the most of it, being ready to move out on a dime, and embracing all of the life that can happen when you have the flexibility of renting your space.
In today’s episode, we’ll touch on moving in and maximizing space. I was fortunate to find a moving tip on Pinterest by my third move (praise hands, y’all) that emphasizes packing and planning for easier unpacking. The reality is, if I am only spending a year of my life, I don’t want to spend two months of it unpacking and getting organized. How I unpack is pretty much guaranteed to be how my space stays for my entire time there. So, when at all possible, moving in is a plan set from the time you start packing to move out.
Since homeownership isn’t on the horizon for me anytime soon, I try to be hyper organized and keep only the things that will serve me in this home and for many years beyond. My friend, Karissa, showed me a system of organizing into clear shoeboxes (that are like, less than $2 at target, y’all) that allow me to stack like items and make use of vertical space. VERTICAL SPACE IS YOUR FRIEND. I also make sure to store larger items, like my guitar case, under my bed, and use storage items for storage. Why would I store an empty suitcase under my bed? I can use it to hold seasonal décor. If I’m using my suitcase, those things aren’t going to bother me by hanging out on the couch until I return from travels and pack them away in the suitcase again. It’s fine.
Pair down what you have, pack to move in, use what you have to store things, and make creative use of vertical space and unseen storage AS YOU MOVE IN. Plan to use these spaces for your next home, and it’ll become a habit that serves you throughout your life—especially if you find yourself moving every year like I do.
What are your tips for moving into a new space?
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