Archive for July, 2011

Moving Day & THE PLAN

People seem to be moving a lot these days. At least, many we have come in contact with. This being the case, it has brought to the forefront of our minds the need for a plan for moving day.

Moving almost always bring an element of stress to it, especially, if we are conducting the move ourselves and a professional re-location company is not called in. Moving is daunting to most because there are, after all, a lot of tasks to complete. Did I turn on the electricity at the new location? For that matter, did I schedule it to be turned off in the old one? What do I need to move? For many, they might hit these first few questions and freeze. Overwhelmed, some begin to procrastinate and move forward very slowly, if at all.

This is what we want to avoid by creating a plan.

I tackle a move like I tackle pretty much everything else, by working backward from the point I need to arrive at. Ideally, you will have plenty of time to consider the date you will need to actually relocate, but sometimes you will have a shorter period of time. If you are in either of these camps, this article will help.

First of all, let’s begin by making note of the date you will need to begin packing the trucks, literally. This is more of an exercise to cement it in your mind. You always want that date to work for you, to motivate you on days you just don’t feel motivated, or days that are packed to gills with other activities and you can only pack a box or two. Don’t worry about packing only a box or two. It is PROGRESS! What we don’t want is stagnation or avoidance.

Secondly, we are going to make a list of all the things that you will need to accomplish with the time frame you have. The following will give you an idea of what that might include:

  • Gather all necessary supplies. (Boxes, tape, packing materials) These items can be obtained from U-Haul or another self-moving company. Boxes can be obtained inexpensively from the local grocer (I like banana and apple boxes the best, especially the apple boxes), from Craig’s List, or, perhaps, through a friend who, themselves, have just re-located. Packing materials might include bubble wrap and rolled paper, both of which can be purchased at your local hardware store, or you might choose to use newspaper. If you have the time and are choosing to go the newspaper route, you might consider asking friends and family to donate to your cause. This way, you will have what you need more quickly than trying to save them on your own. Packing tape is available almost anywhere. Target, Wal-mart, your grocer and the hardware store all carry them. I would suggest, however, no matter where you decide to make your purchase, purchase a tape runner. This is a roll of tape that attaches to a handle. These are indispensable when it comes to saving time and sometimes, your sanity! It is incredibly time consuming and frustrating to have to continue to try to find where your tapeline is when it has re-joined the roll! The handle system helps keep this to a minimum.
  • Schedule turn on (a day or two prior to moving in) & off (a day after the completion of your move) dates for utilities. (Utilities might include: electricity, garbage, gas, phone, internet, cable)
  • Schedule your new service providers (housekeeper, pest control, gardener, etc.), if needed or provide your current service providers with updated information regarding addresses and discussing your new needs. This becomes particularly important if there are pests in your new location, an unruly yard or a larger or smaller living situation, as this will affect how your providers do their jobs and may affect pricing for their services.
  • Schedule your truck or moving service.
  • Now, down to packing. Always set a minimum number of boxes you will need to pack per day to have the entire home packed a couple of days before your actual moving day. This will allow you time to clean after you have everything out of your way. This also gives you a goal to work toward daily. Let your family know what the goal is and enlist help where needed. For example, your children can help go through their clothing, toys, etc. to decide what is no longer needed and can be donated or discarded. This will free up energy, time and space because you will not be packing what you do not need or use. I suggest using this method as you pack anything you come across. If it is not being used, find a new home for it. It is one less thing to pack, unpack and care for once you have moved.
  • Packing in order.

    1. Pack items (or rooms), which are rarely used. For me,  in my old home, the garage was the room most rarely  used;  yet it contained a lot of stored items. I began by                           going through each item and deciding what needed to be packed and packing it and discarding or donating those  items, which were no longer useful.

    2. In regards to the attic and garage, if there are sentimental items that are not necessary to keep but you  would like to have the memory of them, photograph these
items and create a scrapbook. You are likely to get much  more enjoyment out of it.     After all, when was the last time you lugged out the boxes from the attic to look at the          macaroni art your children made in kindergarten or the clay cannon that was created in art class? Often times, this method also helps save the memory, quite literally,                  because, in some cases, pests have eaten away the macaroni or the cannon has been broken, so we aren’t  able to enjoy them in their original form anyway. (Even if we                        were to lug the box out!)
3. Continue packing less frequently used items, until, at last, you reach the items you use on a daily basis. It is now time to change your approach from one based on use                   to one based on necessity. What is necessary to keep your household functioning until moving day? Pack everything that is not absolutely necessary and keep these                          necessary items to a minimum…what is REALLY necessary. I, typically, keep a frying pan and a saucepan, along with a spatula and couple of large serving spoons, a few
knives, and a cutting board in the kitchen. At this point, of moving I switch to disposable plates, cups, napkins and  utensils. It minimizes what is out and I am able to pack
everything but these last few items in a box that will travel directly to my new kitchen to be used on moving day. Do the same for your bathrooms. Keep only the items you             will need to provide each family member with a change of clothes, a towel,  and personal hygiene necessities. These go in your car, not the moving van!

4. Finally, pack a box of cleaning rags, dishwashing liquid, furniture cleaner, floor cleaner, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags. This will be for  cleaning  up         any messes, or tidying up a bit in your new home. This box, along with your overnight bags will go in your vehicle.

Well, that does it! I hope these tips help you effectively re-locate. They have made my moves very easy when the actual day comes. There is a lot of work and dedication that goes on before that, but it is all well worth it to be filled with peace of mind. Happy moving!