Moving, it’s one of those big stressors in life, and something that most Americans go through at least a dozen times. And it’s not just about going from one place to another, either. It’s often about changing jobs and schools and having to rebuild your entire social group.
Fortunately, there are apps to help make moving easier. So, the next time you move, whether that’s today or in two years, consider using some of these.
It’s nice to know where to put things when you get to your new home. You can make that easier, and turn it into a fun project, with MagicPlan. How does it work? Basically, you take pictures of rooms in the new home, and the app creates a floor-plan for you. You can then use that floor-plan to decide where you want all your furniture to go.
If you’re a DIY person, you can use it after your move before upgrading your furniture.
You’ll have so much to do when you move. There’s packing, cleaning, making repairs, renting a temporary self storage unit, and so many little things that you might forget if you don’t write them down.
Evernote is your online to-do list, complete with a reminder system. When you think of something that needs to get done during your move, log into Evernote and make an entry for it. You can check off tasks as you finish them, but this way, you’ll always remember.
True to its name, Sortly helps you sort things. It’s great for collections, files, and keeping track of what you’ve packed in boxes. It even allows you to print QR codes on label paper, so you can stick them on your boxes. Read the code, and see what’s in the box.
As you pack to move, you’ll likely discover you have a lot of things you no longer need. Instead of hauling them to your new place, considering selling or giving them away. One app that can help with this is ThredUP. Using the app, you can sell your old clothes to ThredUP, making space in your luggage and giving you some moving money.
Another handy app many are turning to these days is OfferUp. This app makes it easy to sell, or give away, your old things to people who need them, from old cell phones, to bed frames, to board games. Simply create an account, and start listing items. It also allows you to take pictures of the items you’re selling. Whenever you get a message from an interested party, your phone will make a “cha-ching!” sound, letting you know you just might see some money soon.
Whether you’re busy packing in your old place or unpacking in your new one, there will be times you need things and you just can’t see making the trip. With the Postmates app, you can get just about anything delivered to your door. It is available in more than 200 cities nationwide, but check the site to make sure yours is among them.
Once you’ve settled in to your new place, it’s time to start making new friends. Meetup helps you find a variety of interest groups. Perhaps you’re looking for fellow sports or movie fans, or you’d like to meet other parents. That’s exactly what Meetup can help you do.
So, don’t worry. Although moving is tough, these apps can ease your stress. Now, have a safe and happy move!