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I Moved – AGAIN

Yes, it is true. I moved again into an apartment with a lease for a year AND I'M STAYING – at least for a while. For those of you who do not know, this was my third move in a year – yes ONE year – and yes it was STRESSFUL!

This move was bigger than the ones before. I was bring furniture from Texas to North Carolina in a U-Haul. So here are some things that I learned about creating an organized move.

1. Do NOT leave your mother in the attic adding things to a take pile that you "might, one day" need. Moving is a perfect time to really take stock of what you own. Do you REALLY want to bring that old table with you and carry it up three flights of stairs? Do you REALLY need all those clothes? Do you REALLY need those picture frames that have been in a box since the 80's? Do not be afraid to get rid of some clutter. It takes effort to pack things, bins and boxes (aka money) to pack them into, AND effort to find a place for them in your new home. So do not do this with things you are not going to need.

2. Start packing early. I was so stressed the week before the move because I had of course waited til the last minute to pack up everything. There are lots of things in your house that you do not need to use everyday. PACK THOSE THINGS. Pictures, books, out of season clothing, etc. are all things you can pack early.

3. Pack like things together and pack to where you are moving. Packing like things together just makes it easier to find things. Also, pack for your new space. Somethings that are in your bedroom might be better to put in your living room in your new space. Think about this as you pack and pack items that belong in certain rooms with other items that belong in the same room. That way you can avoid the picture below which is a big pile where you have no idea where things go.


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4. Label! Label not only what is in the box but also what room the box needs to go into.


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Labeling my Rubbermaid Roughneck Bin

5. Protect your belonging. I moved my grandmother's china from Texas to North Carolina in Rubbermaid bins and not boxes. Why (other than the fact I work for the company)? Because they are sturdy and will not break.

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What my China was in and the Rubbermaid container that let it survive the drive!

6. Save some money and use what you already have to pack. Wrap pictures in towels or out of season clothing instead of buying packing supplies. This also motivates you to unpack everything so you can make sure you have all your towels and clothes!

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7. Finally, appreciate the funny moments. I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with my dad on the drive and showing him the area I was going to live in. Plus I laughed at myself when I used a coffee maker to hold open my door to allow some breeze into my new apartment.

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4 Responses to I Moved – AGAIN

  1. MAS January 31, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    I finally wised up the last time I had to move, just about a year ago. I invested in some Roughneck totes instead of cardboard boxes. The handles make them easy to carry, they aren’t too heavy (depending on size and content), and they stack nicely leading up to moving day.
    I used painter’s masking tape and a magic marker to label the totes (on one side and one end, easily read depending on the stacking). The painter’s masking tape sticks well to the outside of the totes, but it is low-tack and is easily removed later. I figured that this had to be better that having “kitchen stuff” permanently written on the outside.
    The empty totes and lids nest together and don’t take up too much room while waiting to be used for the next ‘inevitable’ move.

  2. Erin Gentry September 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Sarah,
    That is a great idea! Here at the office a few of my friends and I (all people who live in apartments) have an unofficial supply that we give to one another when someone moves. It definitely helps with moving and saves items from the dump or recycling centers!!

  3. Sarh September 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Moving companies should invest in Rubbermaid totes and either reuse them or sell them to the clients. Imagine how much cardboard we could save?

  4. sheri karobonik June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    keep a list of everything in each box. Then number the box. Next make a list in a note book of what is in the box by number. When you need to find something go to your list.

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