I'm just going to put this out there... I H.A.T.E moving! Seriously! I am not sure that anyone particularly likes moving, but I loathe the entire process. I am generally an organized person. I make To Do list, keep a calendar, and write everything down. However, when it comes to moving it is like I lose the ability to do anything. This is normally how moving goes for me... I pack approximately 2-3 boxes, and after feeling SUPER accomplished I teat myself to ice cream and one episode of whatever show I am watching at the time. Unfortunately my "small break" turns into "I'll finish up packing tomorrow," which then turns into "Oh crap! I'm moving today and I only have 3 boxes packed." It's a vicious cycle.
Here is where my loving Dad (Glenn) swoops in to save the day after arriving at my dorm, apartment, or house. For my last move Glenn drove 2 hours to my apartment oto find me sitting in my living room frantically trying to pack boxes and on the phone with my best friend (Lily) asking her to come help me please! This time though, my dad was going to be out of town visiting his 100 (yes 100) year old mother! Since it was going to be just me and my mom (Teddye), I naturally took to Pinterest for tips on how to be organized when moving. I know many of you are personally moving, know someone moving, or have children moving to college. So I have decided to share some of the tips that actually worked for me! First here is a picture of my brother and I with my adorable 100 year old Grandma!
Okay now back to moving!
Tip #1: Keep a list of everything
When I first read this I thought that is going to be way too much work, but after moving it has been a lifesaver. I grabbed a legal pad and started with box one and worked my way down. I wrote everything that was in the box. This was especially helpful when it came to kitchen stuff. I could go to my list and figure out which box had plates, which one had bowls, and where my utensils were. This also keeps you from having to write the contents of a box on the actually box for everyone to see.
Tip #2: Label your boxes
Don't forget to label your boxes as you make your list. Also label what room the box is going to once it is moved in. I used plain masking tape to do this, but some websites suggested different colored tape for different rooms or even using washi tape. I didn't have ton of stuff to move and I wanted to save money by using what I had. It ended up working great! Teddye and I were able to quickly unload the cars and have the boxes in their perspective rooms; instead of having to pile boxes in the living room until I was able to open them and move them to the correct room.
Tip #3: Cut handles into your boxes
Unless you are Mr. Fantastic, you might have trouble stretching your arms around the big boxes to move them. If your boxes don't already have hand holds cut out of them make your own! I used a box cutter and cut an upside down triangle into 2 sides of the box. Make sure you don't cut the top of the triangle, instead flip the triangle inside to make a smooth surface for your hands to hold on to. This could be my favorite tip! I help my roommate move some of her stuff and I had a lot of trouble moving the same type of boxes, I had just easily just unloaded. Just make sure you are careful not to cut yourself when cutting the boxes.
Tip #4: Make a first day essential box
The house I recently moved into is a rental. While it was cleaned before I moved in, there were a few spots that were missed or I wanted to go over just in case (think bathroom, gross!). To make sure I had everything I needed I pack my first day essentials in a clear tub and placed it in my car when I could get to it easily. Some items I placed in my box were Lysol wipes, dust rags, toilet bowl cleaner, a new toilet bowl brush, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, and a small dust pan and broom.
Tip 5: Don't take your clothes off the hanger
I hate doing laundry so the thought of taking ALL my clothes off the hanger folding them in a box, and then having to re-hang them made me cringe! Instead use the large black Glade garbage bags (or something similar) and bag your clothes on the hanger. Make sure your bags have the red cinch tabs to place over the hangers. This makes it where all you have to do is take the bag out of your car, place them on the bar in your closet, and take of the bag. Voilà! Your closet is ready.
Tip #6: Have a cooler ready
Whoever is helping you move (movers, friends, or family) is going to get thirsty. I made sure to have a cooler of cold water and soda ready for them when they needed something to drink. One of my friends laughed when he first heard me tell them I had a cooler ready for them but after moving my couch in the middle of a Georgia summer he was quickly asking for something to drink! It is always good idea to keep those moving your home in a good mood! Since they are carrying your valuables!
Tip #7: Bring your Turtlebacks
This may seem silly and like a pitch for Turtleback (which it kind of is), but actually came in handy! My roommate and I bribed some of our friends to help both of us move with food. Of course we didn't have enough room at the tiny kitchen table so we ate in the living room floor. I pulled out my turtlebacks for everyone to put their drinks in. This kept our drinks from spilling when we inevitable got up for seconds (or thirds in my case...oops). Of course I forgot to take a picture to show you so instead here is a picture of one of my new roommates!