Advice on packing up and moving big


Wherever there is a chore, therein lies a service providing, money making opportunity –or conversely, a chance to save money doing it yourself. Plumbing, painting, cooking, cutting grass, hanging Christmas lightsthe list goes on. People who hire out their shopping, well, I don’t understand those people (but would love to meet them –who’s hiring?)

Right now, the full potential of the professional moving industry is crystal clear:  I’m drowning in boxes. And in paper. And in anxiety concerning the things in the boxes staying in one piece, respectively, 834 miles to Texas.

boxandpaperAlso, I think my hands may be stained with newsprint permanently.

Bliss would be leaving, returning, and finding all my valuables clad in bubble wrap and stowed securely in cardboard boxes stacked ceiling high. Unfortunately, my control-issues would probably never let that happen (or maybe just my lack of funds. Details.)

So here I sit, a non-professional mover moving DIY with very little experience and a stack of old papers and a tape dispenser. I don’t believe my insights would be worth much, so that’s not what the meat of this post is about. I’m not experienced and smart yet at moving, but I’m smart enough to ask smart people who do have a lot more experience to share the most wise or creative emotional and/or logistical advice they could.

(Names removed to protect the innocent.)

“In the past 13 years, I have moved 13 times. You read that correctly.  I’m not smart, apparently.
My biggest piece of advice goes something like this: Throw stuff away.
If, while you’re packing, you find things you haven’t looked at/used/needed in 6 months or more, throw them away. If you’re packing things, and whilst wondering how to protect an item, you realize it would be a relief if it broke, throw it away. If you’re holding onto something because it was a wedding gift, and the person who gave it to you might come around 6 Christmases from now, throw it away.
Why wouldn’t I say donate stuff or give stuff away? Because I’ve got a corner in my garage full of clothes in boxes that say ‘Donation’ on the outside, and I haven’t donated one bit of it. It’s not selfishness or a lack of empathy, I just never think about it. You won’t either. Throw that crap away!”

“Use regular trash bags (the flex kind so hangers don’t poke holes in the bag), cut a little hole in the middle of the bottom of the bag, then pull about 10-15 hangers through the hole.  Pull the trash bag down and around your clothes and tie the strings of the trash bag…TA-DA!! Homemade garment bags that make moving even the biggest of closets easy and efficient.” (I got this one twice. The first time, I felt amazed. Like, what a freaking simple and cool idea. The second time, I felt super dumb. Am I the only one left still stuffing clothes in boxes? Not anymore!)

“Keep in mind the way your new place is laid out so you know how to pack your moving truck.  Pack your front of the house things like living room and kitchen first and your back of the house things like bedrooms or office last.  This way when you unpack the truck you are working from the back of the house forward.”

“I think my biggest moving tip is to label your boxes to make it easier to find stuff later.”

“It’s so much cheaper to pack breakables in plastic Saran Wrap instead of paper or bubble wrap. The plastic sticks and adds cushion. It’s a pain unpacking when you get there, but everything is in one piece for a fraction of the cost.”

“I don’t really have any moving advice, but this scripture really helped me:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) I just kept meditating on ‘peace which transcends all understanding.'”

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