Are you moving? Or will you be moving soon? I have made my share of moves. From the across town to across the country. Over those moves though trial and error I have found there are things you can do to make your move smooth or at least smoother.
Electronics – Before you disconnect your electronics take a photo of the back of the TV and the back of the device. Then it will be super easy to re-attach the cords in the correct place. For the very tech challenged put stickers on all your cords. Number them or use different colors. Next put the cords in resealable baggies along with the remotes. Tape the baggie to the back of the TV or device. Label the bag in the event it gets separated from the device.
No lost parts – If you have to disassemble any furniture make sure you put the bolts and screws in a resealable bag and label it.
Label every box by room. Use different bright color stickers, labels or duct tape to identify the room. This will make the move easier because your helpers will not be asking where does this go. If everything is marked it is a no brainer.
Speaking of rooms don’t pack stuff from different rooms in the same box.
Make a master list of boxes by rooms. For example, Master 9 boxes, Kitchen 20 boxes and so on will make it easy to identify if anything is missing.
Plus pack a box of First Day Essentials for the first box to be opened at the new location. You will need trash bags, cleaners, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups), soap, coffee, box cutter and a coffee maker.
Speaking of 1st day. You will need to pack a few days worth if stuff in an overnight bag for your family. It will be easier than trying to find what you need for a few days. Pretend you are camping.
Use your suitcases with wheels for your heavy items. Rolling
luggage is a lot easer than lifting and carrying.
Bag it! Garbage bags for your clothes. Slip a garbage bag over your clothes while they are still hanging on the rod and you will not have to remove them from their hangers and is easy to re-hang them in your new closet. Just hang them up and rip off the bag. This is good even if you are using closet or wardrobe boxes.
Put foam plates between your dishes to cushion them. I also like wine boxes to pack my glasses. They are heavy-duty and already have the dividers.
Plastic wrap is your friend. Use it to wrap stuff that stays together like your silverware tray. Use plastic wrap under the lids of all opened liquids. Moving is stressful enough you don’t need spills to add to the mess.
Donate, purge, sell, and or give away! If you haven’t used it don’t move it. Let it go.
Make a packing supplies tote. Nothing is more frustrating than you have packed a box and you can’t find the tape, or the scissors, or the label or the marker. Put them all in a tote that can move from room to room with you. Buy more packing tape than you thing you will need. Better to have too much than not enough. Also make sure you reinforce and double up taping the bottom of boxes you are loading down with heavy stuff.
Don’t make your boxes too heavy. You will be so tired and your helpers will thank you. There is less chance of boxes being dropped if they are lighter.
Good luck on your move. I love your comments.
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