In a temporary living situation, it’s important to find a way to get your living needs quickly taken care of, and at an affordable rate. One of the most frustrating things about a move is the process of settling in. That frustration can double when you’re likely to move mere months afterwards. When you’ve signed up for a temporary living situation it’s important to find a way to get your living needs quickly taken care of, and at an affordable rate. But how you might ask? Here’s a helpful list of what you’ll need, where to find it, and where to get rid of it just as quickly.
Items to Spend Less On
- Bedding: Although everyone loves a comfy bed set, in reality your long-term commitment to your temporary bed just isn’t happening. Bedding is something that comes with a big range of pricing, and therefore it’s an area where you can find something cheap that works.
- Kitchenware: When you’re signed up for a short stay and will probably be wanting to experience what that town has to offer in eatery, buy only the bare bones in cookware. Also, don’t feel like you need to buy a larger set of dishes. Buy one or two bowls and a small set of plates. It’ll serve you well and you won’t miss it when you have to give it up at the end of your stay.
- Furniture: Furnishing is another place where you can get creative with your budget. Couches, tables, and lighting are things that tend to be easy to rent, or find at second hand stores. Also, these items are always the bulkiest, and take up the most space when moving from place to place. Make sure to take this into consideration when you are looking at a temporary living situation.
- DIY: Don't bother with fancy wall art, coasters, or candles. These are small homey things that you can substitute with creative DIY projects from things you have on hand. Stick up your postcard collection, hang photos on a wire across your wall with clothespins, or frame a newspaper article of your favorite sports team.
Where to Find Goods
- Resale Shops: Not only are resale shops cheap, one is usually guaranteed to be nearby, and there are also a number of them that will deliver for free. Next up on the list comes Craigslist’s local deals section. Again, free delivery is usually an option, and there are a number of couches, chairs, desks, and tables that are cheap, if not free.
- Discount Stores: If you’re not a fan of used home furnishing, discount home good stores are also a great option. Places like T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Walmart are easy to find locally, and will have great deals for all your at-home basics.
- Online: Lastly, if you’re a person that is willing to work ahead of the game, online stores like One Kings Lane that have flat rate shipping are a helpful resource, and can arrive the day you do so that you are ready to unpack as soon as you step in the door.
Where To Get Rid of Your Stuff
Once you’ve reached the end of your stay, you shouldn’t be dreading how to lose all the stuff. There are a few quick and easy ways to lighten the load. If you’ve got in good with the neighbors they’re usually more than happy to take on some of your home goods.
It should again be stressed that resale shops are your friend here. Local resale shops are a quick way to ditch your goods and possibly even make some money back. Finally, be on the lookout for donation drop bins, which tend to be located near schools, parks, or libraries. These are an especially convenient place to quickly drop off your goods.
Although a temporary move can feel like a headache, if you keep in mind all the resources out there and look at it as a fun challenge, you can walk away feeling confident about finding the cheapest way to check your home good purchases off your list of moving problems.