I love moving. I know, that’s not really normal 🙂 Most people hate it. Here are some of the reasons why I love it:
Why I Love Moving:
- You get that really deep clean that you can only get in an empty house
- It’s the perfect opportunity to de-clutter and get rid of stuff you don’t need
- It gives me an excuse to go shopping for new furniture and accessories!!!!
- It provides new renovation and home improvement projects 🙂
Get the Right Supplies
If you want to Pack like a professional you will need the proper supplies. Usually you have a couple of months to pack up. Take the time to de-clutter and purge on this end. It doesn’t make sense to move a bunch of stuff that you are just going to throw out once you get to your new place. Be brutal. I am not a person who gets overly sentimental about most things. If you don’t love that green vase that your great aunt gave you – don’t keep it. Donate it to charity, and someone who really does love it, can enjoy it. Keeping things out of guilt is a bad idea, guilt has no place in your decor.
The right supplies will make all the difference. This will make the job so much easier. You can buy proper packing boxes at most storage facilities, like U-haul. They also sell whole packing kits that include most of the supplies you will need. Personally, I am a big fan of the movers stretch wrap like this:
Don’t use newspaper to pack your valuables, it’s dirty. Buy packing paper it comes in nice sized pre-cut ink free sheets. Think about it, you are paying thousands of dollars in real estate fees, what’s a hundred or so dollars on packing supplies?
Same train of thought for boxes. Don’t waste your time, going to a bunch of stores picking up used produce or liquor boxes. Buy proper packing boxes. They are clean and properly sized. This will also make it easier for your movers if all the boxes are uniform sizes, and they will stack easily. For my 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo I bought a bundle of 30 medium sized boxes, which are 3 cubic feet And a bundle of 24 small boxes which are 1.5 cubic feet. You don’t want to use the bigger boxes for anything heavy like dishes or books. They will run you about $1/box if you buy them by the bundle. WORTH IT! Plus, most places will let you return unused boxes if you keep your receipt. Nice!
Plan for Easier Unpacking
Another thing that I like to do is number the boxes and list the items that you.packed. It’s a bit of extra work, but will be worth it when you are sitting in the middle of your new house looking for the coffee pot, somewhere in the 10 boxes labelled kitchen 🙂 You might only need to list by cupboard; i.e.: Spice cupboard, Tupperware etc. The boxes that I used, have a nice little designated space for listing the contents
Colour me Organized
The other thing that is super helpful to you and your movers is to colour code your boxes for which room/area they are going to. In the past I once did this with coloured post-it notes – BAD IDEA! Post it notes fall off, and unless you post them to every possible side, they will not be easy to find when the boxes are stacked.
Here are a couple of suggestions:
1)Use duct tape. Go to you local dollar store and buy a bunch of different coloured rolls of tape. Then tape around the whole box. This way if they are stacked, the colour coding will still be visible.
2) Easier still, is to go to your local moving supply store and buy room specific tape like this. I bought these from U-haul store. it also came in a much larger version that included multiple bedrooms.
Do up signs for your new home. The boxes may be labelled spare bedroom, or guest bedroom, but if you have a 4 bedroom house, this will not be intuitive to the movers. And you don’t want to stop mid move to read the contents of the boxes. Make it easy for the movers by labelling the rooms, and also colour coding them with the same colour as the corresponding box tape, So blue tape on the boxes and a big blue sheet of paper on the entrance to the room that they go in. Or use the blue Packing tape, just make sure it doesn’t peel the paint off your door – that would suck!
You can buy your supplies here:
It’s a Wrap!
If you are packing to a storage locker or U-pak, or just for better use of space, you will want to break things down wherever you can. For tables and coffee tables you can probably remove the legs and this will make packing and/or storing much easier. All of those IKEA items come apart. Remember they came in a flat box, and you had to put them together. I flat-packed everything that I could.
And my very best piece of advice to you is this:
Hire Professional Movers!
Even if you are 20, and you have a lot of friends who will move you for pizza and beer. The cost of the pizza, beer, and damaged furniture, not to mention strained friend ships, is not worth it. I have been using professional movers for years. It is money well spent!! I can’t attest to what it will cost you to move, but my moves have generally run me about $400-$500 dollars. Our rates locally tend to run about $80 – $100/hour, for 2 men and a truck. You’ll want to check around for a couple of quotes. I think will all of the fees you end up paying when you move it’s a comparatively small price to spend a bit to make what can be a very stressful day run as smoothly as possible.
One other thing that you can do to make it easier (and faster, and cheaper) for your movers. Take a floorpan of your new place and make a large copy of it. Most real estate listings have floor plans done up for them. Then colour in the rooms to the corresponding tape colour that you used on your boxes. Alternatively you can number the rooms, and number the boxes the same. This will make it much easier for the movers to know where everything goes, without having to ask.
There you have it, Now go and pack!!