Moving Day

You packed up and are now ready to go. Often this move happens primarily on one day, and these tips address that situation.

Make a list of tasks. Any furniture still need to be disassembled? Appliances and boxes and lamps may be going in different places. Do you need big stuff first, heavy stuff first, or what? Cleaning needed? Any items need special handling? Ordering pizza for lunch?

Whether you have a professional mover team or a group of friends, it is helpful to have a hit list and assign teams to what needs to be done. It doesn’t take six people to move the washing machine, so plan ahead to divide and conquer. It doesn’t take mega-muscles to do every task, so know what can be done by various capabilities. Children can be vigilant door-openers.

Accept help. You need it! Take it with gratitude. There is lots to do, so spread the joy. Wouldn’t you enjoy helping your friends? Don’t walk alone.

Use your floor plan and list. You set it up; now is not the time to forget it. You already thought about where you want the couch; it can go straight there when it arrives.

Have a point person at each location. It’s helpful to have one person who knows what is going on at both the old and the new location. If that is cross-country, it can easily be the same person, of course. The point person has the floor plan and the task list, so most questions can be answered on the spot. Boxes and furniture go into the right room the first time. This keeps things moving and ensures anyone there to help is not wondering why they came out to just stand around.

Label your rooms. Make a sign for each room (Girls’ Room, Bedroom 2, Office, etc.) and stick it to the door. This will help everyone know where they are going instead of asking each time.

Know it will take longer than you think. Really. Every time. You always have more stuff than you think you do. Just plan on a long day from the start.

Keep breathing. It will get done. It’s messy, but you’ll get there.

Moving — Packing It Up

The day has come. Time to pack up one house and move everything in it to another place. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Choose a system. There are a variety of options, but you will be happier with one.

  • You can use detailed labels for each box, listing the contents.
  • Numbers written on the box (or on big labels) can match a detailed list. You can easily scan the list to find something you need, and then you will be able to find boxes quickly just by the number.
  • Different colors of duct tape or index cards can be used to divide locations. Pink tape goes in Bedroom 2; brown tape goes in the den. Make a poster for reference on moving day, and you are good to go.

Start as soon as you can. Every house has a bunch of things that aren’t used every day (or every week even). Pull out a few boxes and start on those. Now you are on a roll! Stack the boxes to the side, and enjoy watching them add up. It is that much less to do at the last minute.

Clean and cull as you go. Now is the time, believe me. The dust doesn’t benefit from a trip.

  • Keep a damp rag or box of wet wipes nearby as you pack. You won’t want to clean that figurine any more when you unpack it than you do now. Just go ahead and get it done.
  • If you touch that book and wonder why it’s still around, put it aside to donate — not in the box you are packing. The broken toy or dish needs to go in the trash now — not later.

Pack a suitcase. Moving day is crazy. Stuff goes everywhere. Some things will fall through the cracks, even with a solid system. If you pack a small suitcase for yourself, you will have what you need at hand for a few days. You will have something to wear the next morning without a treasure hunt!

Accept help. You need it. Others need to give it. We are all in this life together, so welcome the company on this moving project. It will make your life brighter and the work load lighter.