Cleaning Up And Clearing Out

There are always a couple loose ends to take care of after you think you’ve finished up your move. If you’re in a rush, here are some commonly missed parts of the moving process that could cost you part of your deposit or hold up the sale of your home.

Clean Up

Piles of empty boxes, bags of packing peanuts, balled up newspaper, those old clothes that probably ought to go to Goodwill, now that you think about it: all of these are your enemies. You’re going to need to clean up, especially if you’re renting. When you’re moving out, the first step is to make sure you get rid of anything you don’t want. There’s no better time. Once you’ve gotten rid of all that stuff, there might still be a few things that slip your mind.

Holes in the Wall

If you have art hanging on your walls, there’s a good chance you have holes in your walls. Most landlords or apartment managers won’t make a fuss about this, but it’s likely you’ll run into the sort that do. If you’ve taken down a lot of pictures and it looks like your home was the backdrop for an old western firefight, don’t fret. It’s not hard to fill holes.

Run to your local hardware store and pick up a small tube of spackling, a putty knife, and some sandpaper. Now the easy part: squirt the spackling into the hole, use your knife to scrape away the excess, allow the compound to dry

Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry, you can use any old plain white toothpaste to fill the hole. Squeeze it into the whole and scrape away the excess with a card or driver’s license. Easy.


stove-300x225Leftover Gunk on The Stove

This is a pretty common one. You’ve been cleaning and cleaning, but there’s still a ring of mysterious goo around your gas range. In fact, it might have been there when you moved in. For all you know, it’s been there forever. But you can get rid of it easily with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It’s like magic. Pour the baking soda into a bowl and add just enough peroxide to make a thick paste. Then slather it on and scrub it with a scouring pad. It’ll vanish.


Take Pictures

After you’ve finished the cleaning process, go around your house or apartment and take pictures. Document all those bare rooms. This is a good habit to do anytime you move in or out of a residence. That way if residents after you do a lot of damage to walls or floors, you have solid evidence of exactly how you left it.

Change Your Address

This one’s self-explanatory. You’re moving, or you’ve already moved. Go to the USPS website to change your address. You can also take care of it at the post office in person, if that’s what you’re into. After you hit USPS, you’ll want to update your address with the DMV. Here’s the link for the Minnesota DMV Change Of Address.


Everyone always forgets this. It’s not always easy, but give it a try. Even if it’s just for a couple minutes, sit down and take a deep breath. Not to get metaphysical, but you’re about to start in a fresh place— let yourself enjoy the moment.