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How to Move and Not Go Insane

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Step 1: Take the Devil Out of the Details

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Before you even buy your first roll of packing tape, make sure to contact the local post office, utility companies, cable/internet provider and any household services (lawn care, pest control, etc.) to notify them of your upcoming change of address and to halt any unwanted subscriptions. This can often be done up to two months ahead of time and today most of these changes can even be made online  which means you can cut down on out the time on spent waiting on hold and ensure that you wont be paying two cable bills at the end of the month.

Step 2: Get It Together…Then Junk the Rest

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Whether your home is large or small, chances there is significant amount of clutter that you could go without. Since you'll be examining every item in your home as you begin your move anyway, better to start by eliminating what it is no longer needed, and then hold a garage sale or pass it along to a charitable organization. With that out of the way, you can move onto the most seemingly insurmountable task of them all: packing.

Step 3: The Wise Way to Pack

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When devising a system for boxing up your belongings, the obvious method is always best: label, label, label. An accurate listing of both the contents and desired location guarantees that not only will you will be able to find your possessions once the move has been made, but that movers will be able to put them in the right spot with no second guessing required.

In the event that anything should go awry, however, a box of essentials -- with toiletries, a change of clothes or two, disposable dishes and cutlery and the like -- should be the first box to be prepared and the first to be unpacked. Also, should you have any especially valuable or personally important items, arrange for them to be shipped separately via a secure, traceable service that offers insurance and protected delivery.
This is cool nice method
jdege4 years ago
I look at it as a form of triage. Everything in the house has to be sorted into one of three categories. 1. What you're throwing away. 2. What you're giving away/selling/donating to charity. 3. What you're shipping. So start by clearing a space for each of the three categories. Then start with the areas you touch the least - basement, attic, storage closets, etc. Most of what's in these you'll not have touched for months, so it belongs in category 1 or 2. Some folks spend a lot of time worrying about where things will go when they get to where they are going. To me, that's a waste of time for anything but your daily-use items. When you unpack, you'll need your daily clothes, daily dishes, etc., immediately. So for those, it's worth the effort to pack them with an eye to ease of unpacking. But those quilts your great aunt made for your kids, twenty years ago? You may want to keep them, but it's not all that important that the movers get them into the right room, when they unload the truck.
TheHouseDesigners (author)  jdege4 years ago
I like your idea of unpacking essentials first, that's goodadvice.  We gave away so much stuff as we packed... moving isdefinitely good for purging unused items :)
mossDboss4 years ago
Join a community organization that has branches in many different places, when you move contact the local branch and ask for help in moving your stuff into the new place.
PKM4 years ago
After moving: make sure the new occupier of your old house knows that yes, you do actually want them to forward all your mail, and preferably when it arrives, not two months later when you come chasing it up, and especially especially the ones that say "pay this now or we'll fine you all the money in the world" on them.

What boxing philosophy do you subscribe to- play 3D Tetris and fill every box completely full with tesselating but unrelated objects, or leave some gaps but put similar things together so that when you need your calculator, a roll of sellotape and a McGyver DVD you know where they are?
Kryptonite4 years ago
We once had our entire shipment of boxes that was meant to go from Tasmania to Canberra, and some how it went to Queensland and sat in Brisbane for 3 months. Step 3 just reminds me of this. : )
Kryptonite4 years ago
Ha, I've moved 8 times and I'm sane.... *twitch, twitch*
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