There is a good chance that you are starting your summer off in a new home. May, which has been referred to as National Moving Month, kicked off the relocation season. Anyone who has ever moved knows that it is a very involved process. It is so involved, that at times (perhaps while figuring out pet transportation or carrying boxes full of books), you might want to rethink the whole thing. Flooded basement filled with zombies? A wacky obstacle you might rather live with instead of moving.
Here are some resources to help you organize your move and hopefully minimize the stress:
U.S. Department of Transportation has the Protect Your Move site. The site provides state and local resources for your move and handy information about a moving company’s complaint history. AARP has a guide for seniors that are planning a move.
As mentioned above, you might be dealing with the matter of pet transportation. It is not always as simple as a quick subway or taxi ride. Check out the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association and Pet Air Carrier provides pet friendly airline links.
The New York Public Library has books and e-books that can help too, including those that feature tips on how to creatively maximize what can be done in your new space.
The Moving Survival Guide: All You Need to Know to Make your Move Go Smoothly
Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings
500 Ideas for Small Spaces
200 Small Apartment Ideas
Living in a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces
Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces
Small Space Organizing: A Room by Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space
The Simple Living Handbook: Discover the Joy of a De-Cluttered Life
150 Best New Apartment Ideas
Apartments: Defining Style
Downsizing Your Home with Style: Living Well in A Smaller Space
101 Saturday Morning Projects: Organize, Decorate, Rejuvenate
If this summer move is the start of the adventure of you living on your own for the first time, Congratulations! You might find these helpful:
The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces
Moving Out on Your Own
If you have just moved to New York, welcome! Right after getting your New York Public Library card you can check out: Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in New York City.
There is definitely something to the whole mindset of your home being your castle, santuary etc. Superman has his fortress of solitude and you've got your 5th floor walkup in Harlem. Once you are all moved in, get started on making your home your own.
Designing the Life of Your Dreams From the Outside In: Easy to Apply Tips for Any Space Utilizing Feng Shui and Healthy Home Principles to Help Facilitate Your Life's Goals
Teach Yourself Feng Shui
Feng Shui in the Home: Creating Harmony
The Healthy House Book