Thursday, April 21, 2011

Needed... Moving Tips

My household is in the middle of preparing to move three hours away. We are two weeks from take off... what are your moving tips?
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14 comments:

  1. Pay someone to move you...if you can't do that then only have a few friends help (and watch them the entire time)...otherwise you'll end up with a bunch of dinged and/or broken furniture. TRUST ME!

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  2. I have moved almost 20 times in my life...20 is coming up in a month or so. After years of doing this, I would say that this is the BEST time to downsize!

    Take every piece of children's clothing, toys, unwanted books, DVD's, etc. To Once Upon A Child (if there is one near you) and see if you can get cash for it, donate what they do not want.

    Make lots of friends by giving away everything you do not need or give it to a local thrift store that may support a charity like the Salvation Army.

    Immediatly tape and LABEL all boxes as they are packed...yes, I forgot to label in one or two moves (makes for an interesting time unpacking). You can get even more organized by writing what future room that box needs to go to so the movers or yourselves can get it there right away.

    Save the kitchen essentials for last along with a few things to keep the kids occupied during down times.

    Clean as you go, it won't feel like a HUGE cleaning job at the end if you do a little here and there (cobwebs, refridgerator and freezer, oven...etc).

    I hope this is helpful for you and I wish you the best from me and mine to you and yours! :)

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  3. Lots of boxes (i love diaperboxes) with the room, it has to go in and whats in there writen on it. Start with things you don't use very often, like christmas decoration and books... and by packing look for trasch to go in the garbage... I every time find lots ;)

    Happy packing!!!

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  4. My husband is a pack rat and I am a clutter-free person, so when we were getting ready to move I had him do 15 minute intervals where he just "mindlessly" went through his things to divide into a bag for keeping, a bag for throwing away, and a bag for donating. It was really helpful to both of us because he didn't feel like I was trying to take over his things and I felt like he was accomplishing something! :) Good luck with your move! :)

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  5. Ask your grocery store for banana boxes. They're sturdy, tough, and they have handles on the side. Perfect if you have gobs of books -- like my hubby! :)

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  6. If you are hiring movers, inventory EVERYTHING! We just got done with our first PCS with the military and I am glad I had my own inventory while the movers were making theres because if not I would have had no clue which box they put my dryer hose in (it was in a box with all my clothes, btw). When we moved ourselves I always inventory as well, but then I am packing myself so I make a list of what is in each box and label the box with a number (that coincides with what room it goes to) and a letter next to it. That way on my big inventory list I know that box 3A goes in the playroom and it is full of stuffed animals.

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  7. LABEL LABEL LABEL!! Be specific- the one item you haven't needed in three months will be the exact one you look for at your new place! De-clutter- this is the first May since I have been married that I will NOT be moving and I had to take the initiative to do my own spring cleaning...it was a fun new experience :)

    Also, if you have kids- find someone to take them on the loading up part of moving day- little feet and hands sure are hard to keep out of the way!

    Good luck with your move!!

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  8. PRAY!!!! LOL! J/K. Labeling is good as well as trying to unload the boxes into the rooms they will be going into. Otherwise you are sent on a scavenger hunt of boxes for pots and pans when you need them. Unpack the most important rooms first, kitchen & bathrooms. Then do the others a little along the way. Seems like everyone else has covered everything else that I can think of.

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  9. I had a friend who suggested buying the different colored duct tape (they have a ton of colors now!). And assign each room to a color. (Office - green, master - red, bathroom - blue, etc) Then tape off the boxes in the room with that color of duct tape. It is faster than writing and easy to pick out. I thought it was smart!

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  10. If you are not able to move everything in to your new place at once - store it in a reputable place where it is under lock and key!! Never store it in a building that is on a family farm, out in the country, etc. (even if it IS always locked!!) I learned this one the hard way - there were break-ins and most of my things were stolen!!

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  11. I loved these tips from SimpleMom.net http://simplemom.net/an-essential-checklist-for-moving-in-to-a-new-home/

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  12. http://www.packing-list-advice.com/moving-checklist.html

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  13. One thing we did when moving (for the 26th time) was use different colored duck tape for each room. As far as labeling - I didn't do much besides that unless I thought I would need to get to it immediately. Also - do not pack a whole box full of books. Maybe this is just a "duh" thing, but people can't lift it, and boxes often break even if they can lift it. :-) I now put a few books in each box. It's a pain to unpack, but my lifters are much happier people. :-)

    Also - instead of packing each room one at a time, I had a box in each room. I went through and found stuff I can live without (b/c lets face it, you still have to make dinner and stuff the week before you move unless you're made out of $$) & your kids still need some toys. That way, I'm working in each room each day.

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  14. Moving is such a great time to give away or take to the charity shops things you haven't used this year, or things you think you may use again (but probably wont), etc. Wrap well, label each box on the outside and also write which room the box is to go into.
    We did all of the above when we moved, but I have to say that once we had emptied most of our boxes we had some left over that hadn't been opened and the contents of which weren't immediately necessary, so these went into the shed. However, 1 year later they were still there - unopened! So we opened them and took the contents to the charity shop!! Hope your move goes very well and you settle into your new home quickly.

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