Moving and Storage
People are often moving due to many reasons such as having a new job in another city or state, selling the old house etc.
The whole process can become a nightmare for someone, but, luckily, there are ways you can prepare yourself by organizing well way ahead you begin this journey.
This process isn’t the best fun you can have, but you need to do it anyway. And also, it can be perfect time to get rid of all un-necessary things you are keeping for years.
We hope this tips will come handy when you decide it is time to change your habitat.
The very first thing you need to do is to buy moving boxes. Second, you need to label them from which room you are going to put things there, so it will be easier when unpacking.
Make sure you have enough labels to ease the process.
Put Fragile Items Together
It is always a good thing if fragile items stay together, wrapped up separately, and label the box as FRAGILE, so the moving company can carry those with better attention.
Collect any value breakables you may have, and if you don’t believe they will arrive safe and sound to your new destination, it’s better to deliver them by yourself.
Put Kitchen Items Together – Organized
If you have too many items in your kitchen, packing them will require more time than you have planned. It is always good to put together items similar to their functionality, and sorted by categories.
By doing so, you’ll know exactly where to find the items you need.
It is good if you buy labeling tape in different colors, so you’ll know instantly where to find what you are looking for.
For example, you can use one color for your kids wardrobe boxes, different for yours and your spouse. You can organize whatever you like, just make sure you are prepared well.
Create your own micro-moving system.
It also a good idea to number boxes divided by rooms and categories, to put a short description of items that are in each box, so if you really need something, you’ll know in which box to look into.
Make a moving checklist so you can track each item packed and boxed, so you’ll know if the moving company has delivered everything.
Use Wardrobe Boxes
They are great because you can hang on your clothes directly from your closet, label them, and then unpack them and hang into your new closet.
They are really handy, and we strongly advise to use those, as they will save you precious time.
Packing Your Art
It is preferable if you pack your art wrapped in towels and tape them around. Place the art in a box and put a piece of flat cardboard between them to add more protection.
You will be surprised how many you will need from those, and you may find yourself overwhelmed how many supplies you have and aren’t used for quite sometime.
Whatever you don’t use or need, now its perfect timing to be thrown away.
Contact Person From The Moving Company
This should be first on your checklist. You need to have the number of a contact person from the moving company for all your questions and items location.
They also need which family member will be their point of contact, so misunderstandings can be avoided. It is not a good idea everybody to be involved in this communication process.
Other Useful Moving Tips
This is all collected from people that have been through this process once, or many times, so these advises come quite handy.
Have a garage sale or donate things
By doing this, you can earn some money and de-clutter your garage. Or, if you don’t have enough time to organize a garage sale – donate things.
Make someone happy.
Use plastic containers
This is good idea for packing your kids toys.
If possible, place it vertically, so it won’t take too much space in the truck. By doing so, you may save a few bucks, as they are quite expensive to rent.
Taking The Refrigerator
If you are taking all your appliances, and your refrigerator as well, it is good idea to defrost it first, so it won’t make a mess in the truck, and ruin what’s packed.
What To Load First
It is always recommended to load the heaviest boxes first, as they are stable, and lighter ones can go on top of them. Don’t do it vise versa.
- Take photos of your electronic set up(so you can speed up the process afterwards)
- Cover the mirrors and tape them around
- If needed, hire a baby sitter during this process
- Always purchase high quality packing boxes
- In case you have pets – make sure you keep them safe
- Use plastic bags for screws, tools and remotes
- Pack a suitcase for the “first night in”
In case you can think of something more, or you are willing to share your moving experiences, feel free to share them in the comments part.
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