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Moving Tips
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:30:38 PM »
It seems from reading some of the other threads that quite a few people will be moving or have moved recently so what are your best tips and strategies for moving. Your must do or have, etc.

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 11:10:12 PM »
If you are moving locally and can move stuff into  your new place before the actual move-in date, do it. Take one carful of stuff over there after work. I did this for two weeks and got a surprising amount of things not only moved in but in their actual place so the kitchen and bathroom were all done and ready for me. The day of the official move I had relatively little to move besides furniture. It turned out to be a relatively quick and easy move.

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2014, 11:16:25 PM »
1) Start packing as far in advance as you can. Don't wait for the last minute, except for things you need on a daily basis.

2) Keep a list of what's in each box. I found it helpful to label each box with a number and the room it belonged in, and kept a notebook with a list of each box's number, room, and contents.
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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 02:27:57 AM »
Pack the coffee, mugs and kettle on a box on top for easy access at the other end.

Label boxes with both the "room" and contents - on the SIDE not the top so you can read them when they're all stacked against a wall.

If you are moving locally and can move stuff into  your new place before the actual move-in date, do it. Take one carful of stuff over there after work. I did this for two weeks and got a surprising amount of things not only moved in but in their actual place so the kitchen and bathroom were all done and ready for me. The day of the official move I had relatively little to move besides furniture. It turned out to be a relatively quick and easy move.

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 02:39:42 AM »
If, like me, you tend to keep things invite a friend over to help you go through things. My friend did this with books. We had three piles: keep,  think about and get rid of. The get rid ofs were further divided into "toss into recycling" and resell piles. She was very ruthless with toss and think abouts which I needed.

She took the resell books to the book store and it was only fair that she keep the money from it so I told her to do.
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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 06:02:50 AM »
Unpack and set up the kitchen and master bedroom first. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 06:49:29 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2014, 07:14:54 AM »
One of my moves that I did locally ( was from one house to a house few blocks away) I moved everything myself except furniture and appliances- I didn't even pack. I took the kitchen and dresser drawers out as is, put in the car, unpacked in the new house and drive them back. Took armfuls of hanging clothing and just rehung in new place. It was work but not as bad as packing and then unpacking boxes.

For all other moves, i suggest:
1. Buying boxes of same size and shape. It makes it easier to stack and store if you need.
2. Use a master list and number all the boxes with room and contents, e.g., 5 kitchen silverware drawer.
3. Use different color markers to write in each box, e.g., red is kitchen, yellow is den.
4. One or two boxes should have your first day/s stuff: bedding, towels, medications, coffee, disposables, TP, breakfast food etc
5. If moving with kids, be sensitive and patient. Don't tell your child " oh don't be sad, you'll make new friends". Let the kid have degree if involvement. If possible get something new for their room ( curtains, rug) and if possible let them bring their old stuff with them.

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2014, 07:21:04 AM »
Use colored stickers for rooms (yellow = kitchen, green = study, blue = master bedroom, etc) and put the stickers on each side of the boxes so you can spot them easily.  Also write what the major contents are in each box.

Unpack one room at a time (I recommend starting with the kitchen) and it will go faster then if you do a little bit in one room, and a little bit in another room.  You will also feel like you are accomplishing more.

Pro tip: packing for a move is the best time to re-evaluate your possessions and downsize!  (don't be like me and realize that you have hauled the same unopened box of random junk through three moves before you toss it in disgust at yourself)

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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2014, 07:55:15 AM »
What I learned after my last move is that I'm never moving again unless I can afford to pay them to come in, pack, move and unpack at the other end.   ;D

I'm a camper so I have a 'camping kitchen'.  It is a large wooden box with a drop down front so it looks like a cupboard.  It contains dishes, silverware, cooking pots, dish soap, hot mitts, tea pot, napkins, tea, salt and pepper.  It's fabulous because I can work with what's in there until I get my kitchen unpacked and set up.  It would be easy for anyone to do this with a rubbermaid or something.  It wouldn't be a cupboard set up but at least everything would be in one place.

I try to purge as much as I can as I pack.  Which works much better the earlier I get going on the packing.  As I get closer to the deadline, I end up just throwing everything in boxes just to get it done.
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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2014, 08:00:14 AM »
If you are moving locally and can move stuff into  your new place before the actual move-in date, do it. Take one carful of stuff over there after work. I did this for two weeks and got a surprising amount of things not only moved in but in their actual place so the kitchen and bathroom were all done and ready for me. The day of the official move I had relatively little to move besides furniture. It turned out to be a relatively quick and easy move.

I did this. I did end up paying rent for both places for about 2 weeks, mainly beacuse my old landlord was a butthead and wouldn't allow me to move out mid month. But I considered it money well spent. I got the keys, moved some stuff in, the next day the movers came, and i was then able to go back the following weekend and clean. so i didn't have to do it all in a day or so.


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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2014, 08:19:33 AM »
Lists!! The most helpful list was my "timeline". I started with "one month"- clean out items to be donated, notify utilities of shut-off or transfer dates, etc. Next came "one week"- thoroughly clean the house including appliances and carpets, set up mail transfer, service the car if needed, etc. Then I had daily lists starting at three days out through the day after. Things like notify the bank if there will be out of state charges, toss or give away perishable/opened food, refill prescriptions, set the cars up for travel (we do big moves so this involves walkie-talkies, cash for tolls, coolers, space for pets, etc.), gather paperwork we'll need ASAP (for transferring licenses and plates, setting up utilities, etc.). And of course sub-lists for what to pack in the cars, what clothing and toiletries everyone would need, a list of reservation and contact info for the hotels we'd booked, etc.

Another really handy thing is to pack a couple of clearly labeled boxes of essentials like bedding and basic dishes/cookware so you can get those set up as soon as you get to the new place.
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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2014, 08:37:05 AM »
Being formaly military-moving was part of the game. I agree with JenJay on the steps to move. Go through everything! If you haven't used it for a year- rid of it. Things that are broken that you will "fix it" but haven't yet-get rid of it. We always had a weight allowence so it was a job getting ready to move. I agree with the first box of coffee maker,  cups,some cooking gear etc. Always unpack the bedrooms and kitchen first. One of the things not mentioned is to have a box with your tools, hangers, nails etc marked. You would not believe how easier setting up is when you have those right at your finger tips.

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2014, 08:40:15 AM »
For shorter moves, I have similar things to what a PP has mentioned. I've left my clothing in the dresser drawers, and pulled the drawers out of the dresser, which makes all the components easy to move. I have also left all my hanging clothing on the hangers, and used bathrobes as suit bags to protect them. (Garbage bags also work in a pinch.)

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Re: Moving Tips
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2014, 08:53:06 AM »
Having moved 6 times in the past 7 years, I'm somthing of an expert on this.

The most important thing I can tell you is declutter before you pack. Sort your stuff, what you haven't used or touched in a year is dormant, so purge it - Freecycle, yard sale, whatever you need to do.

I also liked the suggestion one of our packers had when loading the moving truck - make a wall of boxes so that you can put the furniture in the middle. Prevents scratches and dings and helps utilize the space more efficiently.

We used pods for our last move, and I also found them a rather inexpensive way to move across the country - although if you are renting a lot of places will not allow the pods to be dropped off at the complex, so check first.

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