I remember when we had to move. The husband got a truck and he and I loaded everything up and drove back and forth until we unloaded everything in our home. It was hard work but we made our mind know that there would be hard work, buck up under it and, with too very young children under five, went about getting it done.
Maybe I should have whined more and complain bout my nails :) Oh well, missed that chance.
How did your moving project go? Did you do it yourself or have someone do it for you?
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to share or help with your next moving adventure.
- DO all of the packing and labelling before moving day.
- You'd be surprised how many people get stuck in the last minute rush to pack everything and move it all in one day. Make sure everything but a change of clothes is packed and ready to go.
- DON'T forget to color code your boxes for each room.
- Most people know to label their moving boxes but unpacking is much easier for you and your movers is your boxes are color coded according to room.
- DO find free boxes at the grocery stores and online.
- You can save tons of money on packing materials if you take advantage of the free packing materials at grocery stores or check online for free boxes. Craigslist's free section is a great place to start.
- DON'T forget to hire a babysitter or a pet sitter.
- If your children are old enough they can be helpful throughout the process but if not, it's better to have them secure and out of the way while you're packing up and moving. The same goes for your pets, they tend to get underfoot of movers.
- DO use packing materials you already have.
- Suitcases are perfect for transporting items, especially things that are heavy or awkwardly shaped.
- DON'T forget to pack an overnight bag to use on the first night.
- After a long day of moving, you're not likely to want to go through all of your boxes just yet. Pack and overnight bag with the essentials such as toiletries, a few outfits and pyjamas for use on the first night.
- DO keep important documents with you.
- It's best to travel with your most important items in hand. Keep a file of important documents with you while you move so that they are less likely to get lost in the shuffle.
- DON'T place small objects directly in boxes.
- Keep sandwich bags handy for little pieces of electronics and label the bags specifically. These tiny pieces tend to get lost in the shuffle and can make life difficult when putting everything back together.
- DO give specific tasks to any friends helping.
- Make sure you plan out their specific jobs before they come over, this way they will be able to help out in the most efficient way possible.
- DON'T forget to plan out a floor plan before you move.
- Try to plan out where each item, especially the big ones, will go and how everything will look. This will make it easier to put things in the right place immediately upon arrival.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure