My pal Sally Ann and her husband are moving from Pittsburgh to Georgia in a few days. I want to wish them well as they head 12 hours south!
Their move reminded me of a few things I’ve done in the past to help make moving a little easier. I’ve moved a few times when I was little and still living with my parents, four times while in college, and then moving out here to Pittsburgh.
First, as anyone will tell you, as soon as you know you’re moving, start getting rid of your stuff! If you’re like me, you’ve accumulated more than you need. It really helps to sell, donate, or toss everything you possibly can. Books are especially heavy, and I like to sell or donate as many of those as I can before moving. I’m hoping to start getting rid of stuff now, even though we aren’t sure if/when we’re moving, since we just plain have too much junk.
Pack whatever you can in containers you already have. For example, I load up my bathroom storage bins with all my toiletries from in the cabinets and under the sink, so I won’t need any cardboard boxes for those. All clothes go in my plastic clothes drawers (still light enough to move) and in all of our suitcases and duffel bags. I load up all Rubbermaid bins and other storage things with whatever I can, while trying not to make any one box too heavy to handle.
Ask around to see if anyone you know has moving supplies they’d be willing to give you. Maybe they have some boxes, tape, work gloves, or a dolly they’d be willing to lend. Or maybe, a pickup truck. Ya won’t know unless you ask!
I like to save sturdy cardboard boxes from previous moves, online shipments, and the like. If I need more boxes, I’ll visit grocery and drugstores. Usually, a nice manager will let me have any of their unneeded boxes, which can work really well for moving. Or, if they don’t have boxes right at that moment, they might hold some for you to pick up in another day or two.
If I’m really organized, I like to have a special box to open as soon as we arrive in our new house. This might include toilet paper, hand soap, a shower curtain/rings, a set of bedsheets, and other things I’ll want that first day there.
That’s probably the fullest extent of my organization. Some people are really good about keeping inventory of their items and labeling each box precisely. I’m usually in a mad dash to get out the door.
What works well when you move?