This week, Carole's got us . . . movin' out! Hit it, Billy!
I've had my share of moves over the years. Across town and across country. I've moved myself with U-Hauls. I've been "moved" by relocation companies. And I've depended on the kindness of friends and relatives to help me move.
I've been in one place now for nearly nine years (and that last move came compliments of a relocation package with packers and movers and unpackers, even), but my kids have not. I've moved kids in and out of dorm rooms and campus housing too many times to count, and last summer, I helped Erin move to Pittsburgh.
So. Yeah. I'm qualified to address this particular Ten on Tuesday topic.
My Ten Tips for Moving (with input from Tom):
- Sort through your stuff before (or even as) you pack. Get rid of ANYthing you don't want to deal with in your new place. This is your Big Chance! Thin out. Have a garage sale. Donate to Goodwill. Recycle. Just don't move something you don't need or want! (And if you have professional packers move your stuff, just know that they will pack EVERYthing you have. Even full trash cans. Everything.)
- Get familiar with your new place BEFORE you move. It's great if you have the time (and luxury) to paint or change out the carpet before you actually move in, but, at the very least get in and measure windows, check whether or not you need to bring a shower curtain with you, and have some idea about where you want to place your big furniture and belongings.
- Designate a "safe spot" to hold the items you want to bring with you to have immediately when you move in. During our last move, for example, we desginated the bathtub as the spot to store things we didn't want packed into the moving van (medications, documents and records, overnight bags, tool kits, etc.). When you're in the midst of a move -- with other people pitching in to help or moving you -- it's a good idea to have one central location to store things you DON'T want to lose track of! Your "helpers" will know that one spot is off limits.
- Treat your movers well (whether they're professionals you've hired OR your friends and relatives)! Feed them. Provide water or Gatorade. TIP THEM WELL! They'll be so much more willing and helpful if you do.
- Create a tool kit of those items you'll need at hand while you're moving and unpacking -- and keep them with (or near) you all the time. Tape measure. Box cutter. Packing tape. Markers. Water. Toilet paper. Clipboard/note paper. Pen. Cell phone. Screwdrivers.
- Locate local fast food and chain restaurants you can trust right away! When Tom and I first moved to Michigan, we had to eat at "Clock Fine Foods" (the "Fine" was a stretch) for three days straight because we couldn't find more standard fare for awhile. (Of course, this was in the pre-GPS days and internet days. . . but still. Find your best options right away.)
- Once your "stuff" is "in" -- set up and make your bed first. Before you do any other unpacking. Because it's great to be able to settle in to a comfortable (and civilized) place to sleep when you finally get to turn in for the night! (And, really, who wants to make up a bed when they're hours beyond bedtime and emotionally drained?).
- Set up your electricity, cable, and internet services in advance of the move so they're set up and ready to go on moving day.
- If you're moving yourself, be sure to rent a dolly. It's totally worth the extra (minimal) expense.
- Relax. Try not to get too overwhelmed. It will all sort itself out. Eventually!
How about YOU? What are your best moving tips?
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