12.19.2011

Packing & Moving Tips - 1 month later

As many of you know, we just got done moving about a month ago. I've gathered together a few tips that I learned to make the process go more smoothly. 

  1. Start early. It's going to take way longer than you think to pack up all your stuff. I started packing about 4 weeks before moving day but still felt rushed there at the end.
  2. As you pack, stack everything somewhere in the house in an out-of-the-way place.
  3. As you pack, PURGE PURGE PURGE!!! No point in moving what you don't really love or need.
  4. Shrink wrap is your friend. We stacked baskets and other containers on a wire shelving unit the shrink wrapped the whole thing together. We also shrink wrapped brooms, remodel tools, rakes, shovels, hoes, etc. It really helped keep like items together and minimize space used on the trailer.
  5. Label EVERYTHING. As detailed as you can. I'm still searching for a few things that I shoved in boxes with unrelated items 1 month later since I didn't go as crazy with labels as I should have.
  6. If you have little ones - GET A SITTER. I tried to hold out on this but finally 2 days before moving, I took my friend Amie up on her offer to watch Levi {shortly after he got himself stuck in the empty cookie sheet cabinet to the left of the old stove...yikes!}. I got SO much more done that day than any other.
  7. Schedule time to clean the old and the new house when you won't be tired or overwhelmed. We found ourselves alone, deep cleaning the old house at 7 pm, after a very long day of loading the trailer with a 3 hour drive yet to do, in 2 separate cars. Talk about exhausting!!!! And then once we got here, it was crazy to try to clean the new place after all our boxes were dumped off in here the day we moved in.

Now I'm curious...what are your all-time best packing/moving tips?

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Perhaps the most complicated part of moving would be unpacking and arranging. This can really take long depending on the number of items you have. Your tips are absolutely helpful.

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