Thursday, July 29, 2010

Moving Tips

I'm in the middle of moving and thought I'd share some tips for making an easy, stress-less (at least as much as possible) move.

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1. Before packing up anything, do a once through of all the rooms of your house, getting rid of things you don't use, don't wear, or don't like anymore.  Sort through everything and donate to a charity of your choice.

2. Do a quick sorting of everything left, making sure everything is in their proper place.  Make sure all "office" things are in the office and all toys are in the toy room.  (Trust me, the worst thing is to think you're done packing up the kitchen, only to find a extra cup sitting in the living room!)

3. Pack up least essential items first.  For me it's usually all home decor items and off-season clothes.

4. Notice I didn't mention winter bedding if it's the summer in #3.  Before I go out and buy lots of packing paper, bubble wrap, etc. I use what I've got.  Extra beach towels, winter blankets, and guest pillows make great packing material for all your breakable items!!

5. Color labels are your friends!  Pick one color per room.  Yellow stickers go on kitchen items, blue for one bedroom, red for the living room, etc.  It helps out both you and your movers to have a quick visual about which boxes go in which rooms!!

6. Think through what you'll need for the first few days in your new place and make sure you keep that box where the movers won't accidentally load it up.  Things like cleaning supplies, paper plates, utinsels, etc.

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