Do you want to lower your energy bill each month? Or maybe you just want to find ways to save – without doing any major home improvements like installing a solar panel on your roof. Well good news, being green doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it can make a huge difference in your energy usage and pay for itself many times over. Here are some simple changes to not only help the environment, but save you money.
Is there anything worse than moving? Before you call me lazy, I’m not talking about moving from the couch to the refrigerator for a beverage. I’m talking about moving from one home to another. It’s a pain, right? Not only do you have to find a new place to live, you’ve got to deal with switching addresses, packing and finding a new favorite pizza joint – to name a few.
One thing that many people have going for them when it comes to moving is time. Time to find a new home. Time to pack and make sure nothing important is left behind. Time to plan.
Every situation is different though. What happens when time is minimal? Whether it’s relocating to take a new job that begins ASAP or moving to get a fresh start, sometimes there isn’t a whole lot of time. What do you do when this happens? In my experience, I curl up in a ball, lay on the couch and hope everything will magically come together. Note: Don’t follow after me. It doesn’t work.
Instead, follow these steps:
Take What You Need
This means get rid of the junk. Start with clothes. Everyone has clothes they haven’t worn in years. Donate them. A short peek into my room would reveal college books I haven’t looked at since … well … college. The next time I move, I can assure you they will be first on my list of things to get rid of. A general rule of thumb is if you have to think about whether or not to keep something, you probably don’t need it.
Save Money by Wrapping Breakables in Clothing
You don’t have time to go out and purchase stuff like wrapping paper at this point. Good thing you’ve got t-shirts you can use to wrap your favorite coffee mug and picture frame. This can also go a long way when it comes to budgeting for gas, food or an overnight stay if your new location is far away.
You don’t want to move into your new home with 50 boxes full of mysteries. Even though time is of the essence, it won’t take long to label boxes with tags like “Main Bedroom,” “Living Room,” “Bathroom,” etc.
Change Your Address
During my last move, I completely forgot to change my address. When it came time to get Internet, gas and electric at my new residence, it was brought to my attention that I had a previous balance to pay because I hadn’t cancelled anything at my old place. Don’t forget to contact your bank, magazine subscriptions and any other services that may be registered at your old address.
Minimize Grocery Shopping
If you know you’ve got two weeks before you have to move, don’t go pick up enough groceries to last a month. The less you have to bring with you, the better.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
That’s what friends and family are for. Whether it’s helping you pack, cleaning up your old home or anything else you need, I’ve found that beer and pizza are motivating factors. If you need more help, consider hiring movers. With a limited amount of time, hiring a company may be your best bet.
When you’ve got to move quickly, you don’t want to wait around. Be proactive. Use your free time to pack, clean or plan. You’ll be thankful you did in the long run.
Has anyone been forced to move with a limited amount of time to plan? Do you have any additional pointers? Let us know in the comments below!