Comments on: Living Well: 6 Secrets For a Smooth Move http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:11:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Hannah S http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-6707756 Hannah S Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:29:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-6707756 Thanks for the post. I do the exact same thing! Except that I color coordinate and number each room (exactly as you have). If I have time before hand I go through the new house and tape the colored paper above each room’s door so that the moving helpers know exactly where the “girls bedroom” is. I also kept an excel spreadsheet with columns of room numbers and items listed and just carried the laptop around with me as I packed. And about halfway through I just printed it off and left another page blank, and like you, carried it around on a clipboard and hand wrote in the items. This clipboard stayed with me for weeks after we moved, as we unpacked, so I knew exactly where everything was. I also reccommend packing a suitcase of 3 days worth of personal belongings, like you were staying a hotel, for each person in the family, and that stayed in the car with you. So that when you arrive to your new home you could live off these sets of clothing/toothpaste, etc until your basics were unpacked. Also, pack toys last so little kids still have toys to entertain them and the kids don’t feel too many changes at once. It doesn’t shake up their world as much.

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By: Hannah S http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-6707719 Hannah S Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:23:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-6707719 I like thta tip about the bike boxes! We’ve moved 11 times in the last 13 and have learned alot (like apple boxes and liquor boxes are great for books) but I’d have heard this one. With cycling being more popular these days I am sure I could come across some of these
boxes. Thanks for the tip!

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By: Diane http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-6600829 Diane Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:33:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-6600829 I’m a project manager by profession, so moving is not fun but I plan it thoroughly. We don’t use the moving truck concept- we used Door to Door Storage (there are many similar companies) which deliver small 9 foot containers that you pack your stuff into, and then you lock the container with your own padlock with your own combination. Your stuff is not at the mercy of truck drivers. They pick up the containers and store them for you until you’re ready to have them delivered in your new location. This allowed us to move out in stages — we used 9 containers, and it also allowed us to stagger our unloading on the other side, specifying which containers we wanted delivered in which order. We hired our own labor on each end, and we did label the boxes by room as suggested in this article (great article). This also allowed me to delay the arrival of our containers for 2 weeks while I supervised the painting and carpet installation of the new house. So it allowed us to avoid that pressure and chaos of having to so closely coordinate leaving the old house and arriving at the new house with all our stuff.

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By: I want to move, just so I can do this!… | pingoao.com http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-6591249 I want to move, just so I can do this!… | pingoao.com Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:02:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-6591249 [...] http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/ and [...]

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By: Melanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-5766997 Melanie Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:26:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-5766997 I started packing for my big move a couple months ago and I’ve already filled up 3 large garbage bags of stuff that I didn’t need anymore. I’ve also filled up numerous tubs that were taken to Goodwill for donation. I joked that I wouldn’t have anything left to put in my apartment but I think it’s better to start fresh. Remove anything weighing you down and you’ll essentially be starting your new chapter with a clean slate. I can’t wait to get this move over with, but it has been nice to go through everything I have and take a walk down memory lane. It makes this move even more exciting (: purging is definitely a great idea. Even if you’re not moving out, go through your things periodically to get rid of clutter and free up space.

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By: Melanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-5766957 Melanie Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:21:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-5766957 I’m currently in the process of moving from Indiana to Delaware. I have enough friends with muscles that I decided a moving company wasn’t neccessary for me. Do you have any tips or advice for me to make my move easier? I’ve never over crosscpuntry before and can use any help possible. Thank you!

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By: Meghan http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-5576789 Meghan Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:40:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-5576789 I believe Costco and Sams Club sell it!

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By: Favorite Finds No. 35 - Shrimp Salad Circus http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-4894232 Favorite Finds No. 35 - Shrimp Salad Circus Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:37:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-4894232 [...] is gonna come in handy later this [...]

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By: Packing up Our Lives | http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-3746204 Packing up Our Lives | Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:27:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-3746204 [...] make the (eventual) unpacking process easier, I used this tip for packing. I created an excel spreadsheet and gave each room a number (Living Room – 100, Kitchen [...]

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By: Jerrie http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-1321063 Jerrie Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:36:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-1321063 Here’s a good idea for packing drinking glasses or wine glasses, etc. ; wine boxes from your local grocery store! The boxes hold 6 – 12 glasses depending on the size, there are individual dividers between each one so they don’t touch! Just ask the liquor person to save them for you. Hope this helps someone!

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By: Jan Woods http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-966398 Jan Woods Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:29:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-966398 I always have a box marked “Box #1″ in large letters. In it, I put a roll of paper towels, dish and hand soap, an all purpose cleaner, dish sponge, scissors/box cutter, toilet paper, and any other item that will be the last used in the old place and the first needed at the new place. It normally goes in my vehicle with me. It’s a great help to have those items instantly handy.

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By: N http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-935597 N Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:08:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-935597 I moved for the first time and downsized out of my 4 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom condo and I also used a color coded system. I color coded boxes and the big furniture items to correspond to the room it belonged in. I also knew the layout of my new place and put post-it notes on the walls where the big/heavy furniture would go (i.e…TV…Chair…Sofa). Then no one had to ask me “where does this go?”

I also had a closet in a empty spare bedroom in the new place. So, when I was packing, I designated that closet it’s own color. And that was where I put all the boxes of knick knacks, pictures, vases, photo albums….all the fun decorating stuff that you know you won’t be unpacking for at least a few weeks. It was all out of the way until I was ready to unpack it.

You could do the same with Xmas decorations. Give them their own color. Mine were just designated to “garage/gray” And if you don’t have an extra closet, you can set up a sections in a basement or garage or even a spare room that won’t have any furniture. Think of them like “zones”. Set up zones for yard/garden stuff…..craft stuff…..sports equipment…..work-out stuff…..you can even use painters tape to create actual zones. Then your items are at least where it should be and ready to unpack when you need to deal with them, but out of the way for the time being.

If your friends are coming to help, utilize their cars for the drive over to the new place, by having them take the TV’s, stereo’s, any fragile items, lamps, pictures, monitors, grandma’s china, plants….etc. Then these won’t take up room in the moving van and you will feel better knowing they will arrive safe and in one piece. I also wrote out directions and handed them to everyone before the 4 car caravan and moving van left for the new place across town.

On moving day morning, I had to go get the moving van. So, with time a factor and all those last minute things you cannot do until the actual moving day – I just left the house key under the mat for whoever arrived first and taped written instructions to the living room wall of what needed to be done still. In my note (and an email to them the day before), I designated certain friends for certain tasks. My IT friend was in charge of my computer break down and set up. My cable friend made sure my vcr/dvd tv was down and then working at new place. My other friend took care of the disassembling and reassembling any furniture. No idle hands! I came back with coffee and donuts, of course.

I designated a girlfriend to make sure my bed was made (I packed up a rolling suitcase with my bed sheets, blanket, pillow, make up, toothpaste, hair brush, soap, towels, etc) and that was in my car on move day, which I gave to her when we arrived. So, at least I knew at the end of a long day I could shower, and my tv/cable and internet would work and I had a clean, made bed to sleep in the first night.

At the end of a long day, all my friends and family said…..it was the easiest move they ever participated in! Mission accomplished!!

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By: cody http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-921371 cody Fri, 23 May 2014 21:56:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-921371 Sorry on phone and posted before, spell check , and finnishing post….

Even after the insurance,we got nothing back

Very crazy, my advise check the moving company with BBB. And do your research even if it is being paid for and booked by a third company that you trust. I know I will not trust a new job to book the moving company again.

Now we are getting ready to make an even bigger move. From California to Maryland. Praying this move is much better.

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By: cody http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-921368 cody Fri, 23 May 2014 21:47:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-921368 This is so true. Our last move was a big one from Texas to California. We moved for husbands new job. My husband’s new company did all the booking for the moving but wanted my husband out before they were able to accually move us, so that left me there to handle the movers when they came.

It was awful. The guys were so rude and wanted my to pay a check directly to them. Mind you with was already paid for by my husbands new job. They were also so verbally abusive, that a friend of mine thought he was gojng to hit me. If i knew i had a choice i would have had them un loaf everything and demanded a new moving company, But everything was already paid for and I did not think I could change. They also would not leave until I gave them a large cash to tip.

Once that was done I thought the worst was behind me, but I was very very wrong. When we finnaly got or items over 2 weeks late, every box was ripped open, every piece of furniture was damaged and over $35, 000 of items were stolen. Our boxes were only numbetd so no descriptions for the movers, hence why they went through skl of the boxes.

Hence we were in a lawsuit with the company for a year, but in the end they went bankrupt and we did not get any reburcment, ever goung thriugh

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By: Heather hawk http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-920630 Heather hawk Thu, 22 May 2014 21:51:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-920630 Utilize luggage!! Why would you pack a suitcase into a box when you can pack your heavy books into it? If you’ve got a suitcase with wheels then you hardly have to haul them at all.

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By: Lindsey http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-904738 Lindsey Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:22:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-904738 Hi Lianne! That’s a great question. I guess I’ve never needed to go that high. ha! But yes, that’s probably what I would do, I open up the parameters of the other numbers to include the other rooms.

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By: Lianne http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-904730 Lianne Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:11:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-904730 This may be a silly question, but what do you do past #900? Do you create #1000, #2000, etc. even though it may be confusing with the hundreds numbers?

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By: Kimber B http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-873987 Kimber B Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:37:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-873987 I have a system that I use very much like this one. I have a small pad of paper, about 4″ X 6″, that I used to write the room the box goes in and the items in the box. I copy the list 3 times and tape one to the short side top and long side of the box. It worked great for our last move. This time though I think I’ll use your master list idea and the numbers, that will help me know if something is missing and if so, what it is! thanks for the tips!

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By: Joy T http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-832664 Joy T Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:44:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-832664 As much as I hate paying for boxes, having all of our small, medium, and large boxes be the same size is a HUGE help when it comes to loading the truck. The last time we moved we had a mixture of free boxes from the Dollar General down the road and boxes we purchased at Lowe’s. The Lowe’s boxes were so much easier to load and cut down on the arguments! Plus, there were no random dead spots that no box would fit in. We saved the boxes we purchased last time, and I plan on buying more the next time we move.

Also, if you have a lot of hanging clothes (my husband is a pastor, so we have a TON), it is worth it to buy one (or two!) wardrobe boxes from U-Haul.

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By: Becca http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-829380 Becca Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:00:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-829380 One tip i absolutely loved (and don’t remember where i first saw it) was to pack those very heavy things (like books) into suitcases on wheels, it makes them so much easier to move. Especially if you’re moving yourself.

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