How to Move and Not Go Insane

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Step 1: Take the Devil Out of the Details

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

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

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.

Step 4: Make It Easy on the Movers (and Yourself)

Everyone has heard horror stories of moving companies that leave scraped walls and broken belongings in their wake, but this is as much your responsibility as it the movers. If you plan on using a professional moving company, make sure to mover-proof your home by removing low-hanging light fixtures, rugs, or any other items that might lead to damage ahead time. Also give the service a detailed itinerary of everything they will be transporting and remember to provide them with your travel itinerary and emergency contact information should any problems arise.

Step 5: Finish Up Anxiety-Free

Before the moving van rolls out, check and double check your home for any stray items that might have been overlooked in the attic, basement, closets, drawers and other out of the way nooks and crannies. With your inventory in hand, make sure that each box and piece of furniture has made it safely aboard the moving truck and, if any damage has occurred, snap a photo of it then and there. With the moving day morass out of the way, your exemplary and thoughtful preparations should allow to you to move on "literally" without a nagging conscience.



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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    A good idea would be to get a moving checklist down so that you can keep track of what you need!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Suggestions. Tip to unpack the packing first, i like the most. As moving major hassle is to unpack things properly. If you enough smart to memorizeeverything when you pack, then it will help you, but if you forget then it will turn into a big disaster. So, make a proper checklist before to move anywhere to have a stress -free move.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    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 :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    9 years ago on Step 3

    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. : )