We've all been there. The dreaded move. While it's fun and exciting to move into a new home, the actual act of moving can be a hassle. Here are a few tips that will save you frustration, time, and even money.
1. Instead of picking up extra newspaper, which leaves residue everywhere, or buying bubble wrap, you can use clothing to pack breakable items. Clothing provides protection and padding, and it also helps combine your packing into fewer boxes. You can even use socks for glasses and stemware!
2. Make sure all your packing is done before your friends or movers show up to help. If you have a few friends who are willing to help you with the move, consider dividing them into shifts. Have one group show up to load the truck, and another group meet you at the new place to help unload.
3. Everyone knows it's a good idea to label your boxes when packing, but also consider a color coding system. This will make it easy for your friends or the movers to figure out which room to put the boxes in. Sometimes, black font on a box that has other printing can be hard to see, but a bright green strip of tape with the word 'Kitchen' printed on it is much easier. Also, consider itemizing each box. Instead of saying 'dishes' say 'casserole dish, pie pan, cups'. It'll make it easier to find items later.
4. Pack an overnight bag for each member of your family. Make sure to include two changes of clothes, a set of pajamas, and any other essentials that you might need before you have a chance to really unpack. After a day of moving, everyone is going to be tired and no one will want to dig through boxes to find their toothbrush. You can also consider packing the 'immediate needs' items in a separate and make that box easy to identify.
5. Sometimes, kids can help move, but if they're too young or you have pets, it might be a good idea to hire a sitter for the day. That will keep the kids and the pets out of the way while you're leaving the door open, moving heavy objects, and traveling across town with a truck full of boxes. It will also reduce the stress level on your pets, which is always a plus.