This week’s topic is one I don’t have a lot of experience with but a reader requested it specifically and I’m not about to turn her down. The topic is 10 Tips for Moving and I just haven’t moved a lot in my life. I lived in the same house I grew up in until I got married although I did move in and out of a dorm every year during college – but I kind of don’t think those moves count. I briefly lived in an apartment when I was first married, then we lived with my parents, and then we bought a house. I lived there until I married Dale so I guess, when I add this all up, I’ve only moved 4 times in my whole life. Nevertheless, I’ve got some things to say.
- Collect boxes. The library often has excellent boxes and unless they have someone on staff who is moving (it happens more than you’d think) they will probably let you have them.
- Go through your stuff and get rid of the things you don’t need, want or use anymore. There’s no point moving that mixer that you haven’t used in years, or that sweater that you haven’t worn in ages. Have a yard sale and make some money to buy new stuff once you’re settling in your new place!
- Begin as early as possible. I’d pack up the out of season stuff and things you know you won’t need immediately.
- Create an area to store the stuff that’s already packed. Obviously if you’re going to start packing boxes then you need a place to put them that’s not going to drive you crazy because you’re falling over it all the time.
- Pack boxes by room. All the bathroom stuff together, all the kitchen stuff together, etc.
- Make a list of everything that’s in a box and put it right inside the box so when you open the cover it’s right there and you can know immediately what’s inside without going through everything.
- Label the outsides of boxes according to room. Whether you’re using movers or doing it yourself this will help to get things where they belong when you do actually move.
- Make a list of all the address changes and billing changes you need to make. Cable, phone, newspaper, post office, all that stuff has to be updated.
- Plan menus that will use up the food in your freezer and cupboards. If you’re moving a long distance you can’t take perishables with you and besides, who wants to pack and unpack umpteen cans of soup?
- Finally, prepare one box of things you will need right away – bathroom supplies, medications, a change of clothing, some basic tools, and carry that box with you so that you are not without your essentials. In my case this would include hairspray.
Hey, you know, that was easier than I thought it would be! Your mileage may vary, of course, but I bet you all will have great moving tips, too.