The day is finally here… moving day. The boxes are loaded and we are hitting the road for our new home.
The day is finally here… moving day. The boxes are loaded and we are hitting the road for our new home. There is truly nothing I enjoy less than packing and unpacking, (the suitcase on my closet floor still being picked through is proof of this) however we are reaching the end of our move and I am actually feeling really confident in my family’s ability to assemble our new house quickly due to our efficient packing techniques!
Tip 1. Start Early
My husband and I made a packing pact, we would each pack one box a day for a month leading up to the move. This was a life saver when it came down to crunch time and we had last minute fixes and errands. Remember, moving is a stressful so starting early can’t hurt!
Tip 2. Put Fragile Items in Clear Containers
This tip would have been great 2 moves and 2 sets of dishes ago… The second time I swore I clearly marked the box FRAGILE but for some reason my husband inexplicably loses his ability to read during super stressful moves! By putting our dishes, vases and other breakables in clear storage bins, we are able to clearly see the breakable items inside.
Tip 3. Get Creative with Boxes
One of the most stressful things for me was to just get started. I didn’t want to spend my time running around gathering up boxes so I sat down in my closet and just stared at everything in there. I quickly realized that I could use items from each room as boxes to pack that room up! My closet was packed up in suitcases and gym bags. My spice cabinet was packed in a crockpot. The possibilities of what can go where are endless, just make sure you don’t mix items from different rooms in the same box. That will make the unpacking process unnecessarily long.
Tip 4. Plastic Wrap
Jewelry displays get tangled, silverware drawers spill, and toiletry bottles leak. None of these things are fun or easy to deal with after the fact. However, you can use plastic wrap to keep displays in place and products inside their bottles. No more moving mess!
Tip 5. Document Everything
On my computer is a master list of boxes and what is contained in each box. We used a color coded and numbering system to keep items organized and although it might seem like overkill, it will be a life saver when we are unpacking and someone asks, “So which one is the toilet paper in?”
Sarah Krotz, Engagement and Operations Director