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I’m moving for the first time this Friday, from my mother’s house into a 2BD apartment with FI.
Does anybody have any tips/tricks for moving? Just those little, “I wish I knew before I packed!” things??
Thanks! (and no I still haven’t packed yet … 😐 )
Post # 2
STD… Save, Trash(recycle), Donate.
Post # 3
Well I have moved more times than I can count, not really but this will be the 7th or 8th move for FI and myself in the last 6 years. All I can say, is to make sure you only bring things you want to keep or use all the time. Go through everything before it is packed and if you dont use it then donate it, recycle it or just get rid of it. The worst thing is moving around so much extra crap when you never even use it. Make sure also to pack a separate bag of things that you will need or use for your “moving week” just in case it takes a while to get through unpacking all the boxes. Good luck!!
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EmieBee4: Dont pack up your clothes on hangers… lay a sheet down, then place them (still on the hanger) in the sheet and wrap them up.
Pack linens in garbage bags to save on buying boxes (add labels)- if its only you moving you dont have to be worried about it being thrown out, but if you have movers maybe not a good idea.
Before you unpack preclean the rooms.. pack all of your cleaning supplies in an easily accessible box/container.
Sarran wrap drawers to keep clothes in place- just pull out the drawers not need to empty.
Dont use newspaper to wrape white plates (ink can transfer)
Bubble wrap anything of importance if you are hiring movers, they dont mean to… but they tend to be rough.
Have an important box per room. In those boxes put the essential items needed for that room (Bed room: pillows, sheet, blanket PJs, Bathroom: toiletries, toilet paper, tissues, medicine, Kitchen: untensils, 1 plate per person, soap, sponge, kitchen counter, 1 pot/pan etc….) Move the most important boxes LAST out of your old home and FIRST into your new home. Clearly label them if using cardboard, but if possible buy a few clear plastic containers.
Post # 5
Label your boxes with what room they belong in and a synopsis of what is in each.
Unload boxes and items from the truck/car etc into the room they ultimately go in.
I put garbage bags over my clothes that hang instead of “packing” them. I turn the bag upside down, rip a small hole in the bottom, slip it over a decent chunk of hangers and clothes, and tie the ties underneath. Is it a waste of bags? Yes. Does it make moving my clothes and unpacking them easy as pie? Absolutely.
Get one of those big packing saran wrap rolls from the moving store or what have you. It’s so nice to be able to stack wall frames and saran wrap them all together. Or things like tennis rackets, ski’s and poles, all that random stuff you can’t really pack. Saran wrapping it together cuts down on individual items you have to physically move.
Make good use of your kitchen and bath towels etc.. Use them to wrap large items, stuff boxes that aren’t full or can’t be filled so that things don’t break, etc… it will cut down on the paper and packs them up at the same time.
Most important, BE READY. Especially if people are helping you. There is NOTHING worse about helping someone move than showing up and having them still be packing. Or be completely unorganized.
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Label everything! And if your hire movers, check the truck and make sure you got everything! FI was with the movers the last time and didn’t check to see they took everything off the truck and as the months went by, we kept finding more stuff that was left on the truck..
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we just moved in January and I am still sorting through the last boxes… I hate moving.
I think the most important thing is to have one box that is labeled well with everything you need that same day you will be moving and the next morning. A set of sheets and a blanket, a few favorite outfits for work the next day, shower supplies and a towel (I spent two days looking for my towels ugh) hair brush and tooth paste etc can all go in that same box so you aren’t scrambeling for them the next day. I even went so far to include my tea pot and a few cups in that box becuase I know how unorganized Mr J is and he was incharge of packing the kitchen stuff.
The other things, like PPs said. If you don’t use it all the time sort it out now and bring it to a thrift store, no sense packing it to un pack it to pack it up later.
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EmieBee4: I have moved 10 times in less than 8 years… all by myself. Here are my tips. Put your books in suitcases on wheels. As long as you have an elevator, you will thank me.
Pack by room and by drawer. It will make it so much easier to unpack when everything in the box goes in the same space.
Some things don’t need to be packed– you can totally take 30 hanging garments and tie the hangers together and place them on your back seat.
Laundry baskets are ideal for moving shoes.
Donate or throw away anything you haven’t used in a year. You don’t want to move it and you don’t need it.
Check out appartment complexes’ recycling rooms or mail rooms for boxes. You get the best stuff for free.
Anyone who says money doesn’t buy happiness has never hired movers. We moved ourselves each over 10 times as an adults (and it sucked), but when we moved in with each other it was the worst kind of stress I had ever imagined. When we bought our house DH tried to pull the “our friends can help us move” and I told him I pre-paid the professional movers. He thanks me for it to this day.
Post # 11
Nothing is more annoying when you’re halfway unpacked, starving, and you put your forks in some weird box.
Use towels and other soft things to wrap up fragile items, it saves you money and an extra box of towels.
Use SMALL boxes. I made the mistake once of packing one of those sterile bins with clothes… I couldn’t pick it up.
Make a backpack of essentials on top so you don’t have to dig if you don’t finish unpacking right away.
Get free boxes at liquor stores and walmart at night
Post # 12
Label boxes well.
Take valuables with you in the car… don’t let movers move the really important, irreplaceable (or pain in the ass to replace) stuff like birth certificates and passports.
Be ruthless.. get rid of stuff that you really don’t use/need. Less stuff to move = better.
Clean the place thoroughly before you move furniture in.
If you do hire a moving company, do your research. I’ve heard/read so many horror stories ranging from people just generally being ripped off, to having stuff damaged, to the companies actually holding your stuff hostage until you pay them a lot more $$ than was originally agreed.
When you are moved in, I’d suggest putting pictures up on the wall right away… I made the mistake of not doing this for months and as soon as I did it, my apartment felt like home!