The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
Moving is not the most enjoyable activity in the entire world! I have actually been dreading it for over a month now. The packing process, the unpacking process, and the pure anxiety that I experience from worrying about things getting broken during the move are all exhausting. But, it must be done in this situation.
My husband and I are about to make a very unplanned and unexpected move. I am a planner, organizer, and scheduler. So, making a rushed move is way out of my element. But, I am trying to roll with it and not stress.
Through this rushed process of packing and preparing to move, I have learned a few tips for a successful move. Some I learned before I packed the first box and others, unfortunately, I learned after the fact. I am sharing them all with you today.
1. Check your local supermarkets for boxes.
Supermarkets are always getting goods shipped to them in boxes. The ones around my hometown will unload the boxes, break them down, and then dispose of them. In other words, they don’t use the shipping boxes.
Stop in and ask if they would give you some of their boxes and what days they break them down. It could save you a lot of money and stress.
I have one suggestion, though. Spray down the inside of the boxes with bug killer (for roaches, especially). You don’t want to be moving with bugs. That would not be a good way to start a new living situation. And, I wouldn’t recommend putting dishes or anything you eat off of in the sprayed down boxes.
2. Label each box with the contents inside.
There are several ways that you can do this. You can write the contents directly on the box or you can create a list that requires numbering or coding the boxes. I created the following printable to help with our move.
I plan on placing a large number on each box and listing the contents of the box on this sheet. If you have a whole room full of boxes and need one item, this method will make the search a lot faster.
3. Pack your boxes by room and label the outside with the room information.
This will help you and the person that just so happens to move the box from the vehicle to the house. Instead of sitting everything in one central location, your helpers can place the boxes in the specific rooms labeled on the boxes.
4. It doesn’t have to be pretty!
Believe me, I love perfectly packaged boxes! You know, boxes where all of the contents are placed beautifully inside and the outside is just as pretty. But, when you are moving, no one really cares about the appearance of the box. And, sometimes, if the appearance isn’t so great that means your valuables are packed good.
5. Use extra linens to wrap and protect your valuables.
I have a confession to make… This is one of the tips I learned after the fact. I packed my two linens closets first. I wasn’t thinking! I knew I rarely used those items, so I could already pack them.
Then, once I got half of my kitchen boxed up and I ran out of newspaper, I realized I could’ve used those linens I had already packed.
So, don’t be like me. Use your extra towels, sheets, and blankets as padding in your boxes.
6. Reinforce the bottom of your boxes.
It doesn’t matter how perfect a box may appear at first sight. It can break! So, make sure you use some packing tape to reinforce the bottom of them.
I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want my moving helpers to get upset at me because my large glass mixing bowl smashed their toe.
7. Do not over-pack a box.
This goes with tip #6. Even though you reinforce the bottoms of the boxes doesn’t mean that the box won’t rip, especially if you have crammed your entire kitchen in one box.
While filling a box, make sure you check the weight. Just because it is only halfway full doesn’t mean you need to place more items in it. Make sure that it isn’t too heavy to lift and isn’t too heavy for the glue or adhesive tape to support.
8. Evaluate and re-evaluate.
This has been the reason it has taken me so long to pack. There are some items in my house that I have to think about. Do I want this item? Will someone else benefit from it more than me? Would I like to sell it or give it to Goodwill?
Moving is a great time to clean out your belongings. If you aren’t attached to some things, it is the perfect time to let them go.
9. The items you need immediately should be packed in the moving vehicle last.
You know the whole saying, “Last in, first out?” That applies in this situation. I have made the mistake before, so this time I plan on doing it right.
10. Take your time and don’t stress!
It will all get done. Don’t be in such a rush that you hurt yourself or cause a huge argument between you and your loved ones. I say this because it is the advice I am currently using. I am a planner and moving quickly is something I do not handle very well. So, I am trying to stay calm and realize that everything will get done, even if it isn’t on my schedule.
My name is Kristin and I am a high school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We live in the bootheel of Missouri in a home that is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these three loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with us!