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 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:25:17 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 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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By: Ellen http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-826392 Ellen Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:56:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-826392 Where do you buy the industrial size saran wrap? Thanks!

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By: kelsey http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-820684 kelsey Sun, 29 Dec 2013 02:50:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-820684 A great tip is to go to places like Bed Bath and Beyond or Michael’s and ask for boxes ahead of time and they will save them for you free of charge. I have worked retail for a while so most of the cardboard gets thrown into a compactor and recycled; sometimes even thrown away. Plus, since my husband ,who is deploying, is already under enough stress your tips were very helpful!! Thank you!!! Much appreciated!!!

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By: Barbara http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-775696 Barbara Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:05:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-775696 One tip my Mom used was numbering the boxes and the rooms. 3rd floor room 1 = 3-1 and used a file card taped to the door frame – Room 3-1, easy for movers and friends. Moving is an emotional time, having a packer does eliminate stress and can be affordable in a large home.
Try to pack your bags ahead of packers or isolate an area of items not to pack and mention it to your packers, check the cabinets for meds, food for the drive, paper plates/cups, TP, linens for arrival.
If packing yourself, heavy items go in small boxes distribute the weight. Canned goods, try to add light stuff in box too. Breakables, crinkle paper to pad box bottom and around edges and top. Linens are great to use to wrap large items. med boxes are good for lamps, pad bottom, removed shade and sometimes the harp/bulb, wrap lamp, pack harps and other tall items in too, add small pillow between and top box with another med. box, tape bottom of top box to bottom box. Pictures can fit in flat boxes with padding the corners. Wardrobes, clothes. tall items, shoes on bottom. Use clean paper to wrap, loose wrapping is cushioning. Markers write on tape. Don’t be too specific on boxes, Kitchen- coffeepot you have an idea what other stuff is in that box. Don’t write tools write garage/kit drawer. Large boxes are good for bedding, lamp shade, light items.
FILL BOX so they don’t collapse when stacked in truck.

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By: Mel http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-771135 Mel Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:47:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-771135 After 2 coast to coast moves in 18 months, my best tip is to have a ‘last on, first off” box. Mine is a big, plastic container with lid on wheels. Sheets and blankets for each needed bed. TP, napkins, paper towels, light bulbs, batteries, coffee pot, and some mugs, glasses, silverware and plates. (disposable works great!) Coffee or tea bags….. and you can survive the first night.

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By: Smooth Moving « http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-708659 Smooth Moving « Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:55:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-708659 [...] That Will Make Your Life So Much EasierĀ from Buzz Feed. 10 Best Moving Tips from I Heart Nap Time. 6 Secrets For A Smooth Move from Design [...]

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By: Week [0809]. | west fifty-eighth http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-565663 Week [0809]. | west fifty-eighth Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:24:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-565663 [...] tips for the next big [...]

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By: Hanna http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-559458 Hanna Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:36:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-559458 I totally agree with purge idea! I did a purge during our move a few months ago and I’m very happy with this. I took me some time but it’s a great feeling to begin life in a new place surrounded by things you love – only these things.

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By: Debra http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-558864 Debra Wed, 07 Aug 2013 04:17:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-558864 i love using apple boxes for moving boxes – you don’t have to use tape, you can still access what’s inside easily (lets you start packing earlier), they are uniformly sized, and they don’t get too heavy that way (although i use orange boxes for books).

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By: Katy http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-558737 Katy Wed, 07 Aug 2013 02:17:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-558737 I’m not sure where I was when the “ants in the pants”/want to pack early gene was passed out but I clearly missed it… I instead suffer from “but it’s cozy here an I don’t wanna pack” syndrome. Sigh. I guess it’s time to start anyway.

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By: Tiah http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-558039 Tiah Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:06:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-558039 I also get ants in my pants lol.. I love the feeling of being productive especially when I’m itching to do stuff so I tend to try to slowly pack what I can. The kitchen is always the very last to go and I typically go for things in the back of the closet first or packing my clothes that aren’t in season at the moment into my huge suitcases. I probably start this all once our new home is officially decided on which is usually around a month or 2 before moving. =)

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By: Tiah http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-558035 Tiah Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:01:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-558035 You can also find free boxes at places like the ABC/Liquor Store.. they have TONS of empty boxes and once I had them for my move, I stored them in my attic so I have it for my next move since I know I won’t be staying where I’m currently at permanently and seeing as usually your next move tends to be bigger than your last due to a growth in your home.. new furniture.. added things you’ll have to move ect.. at least I’ve have a large part of the boxes I will need. Also, I too, label my boxes by room =) it’s quite helpful and that way when we are unloading.. I just automatically have those boxes placed in whatever room they are meant for. Next time, I will definitely write everything down that’s in each box because even with them labeled I end up losing track of where things are.

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By: Elaine Ellis http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-556951 Elaine Ellis Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:23:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-556951 When I quit my job to backpack Europe, I put all of my stuff in a storage unit too. One of the tricks I used is colored duct tape for each type of room aka kitchen or closet, so I could quickly go in once I got back and get what I need. I also packed each box so I could lift it myself, which is probably the smartest thing I did.

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By: t.j. http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-554400 t.j. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:29:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-554400 Although we’ve moved several times (but only in the same town, no big moves across the country) I’ve found it helpful to pack everyone a suitcase – changes of clothes, medicines, toiletries are in each person’s suitcase. Everyone is responsible for keeping track of their suitcase, and we pack them in the car, not the moving truck. I’ve found this so much easier than trying to rummage through boxes at the end of a long day moving and cleaning and sorting. No one wants to have to look for their toothbrush or underwear in a moving mess.

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-552797 Jenny Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:32:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-552797 I get ants in my pants and always want to start packing like the second I find out I’m moving, so like a month or a couple weeks before I start packing up all the out of season/holiday stuff I know I won’t be using and then all the stuff on the walls, then the spare bedrooms or office or bathrooms we don’t use as much. It drives my husband crazy but it makes me feel less stressed out in case anything comes up last minute. The downside is you feel like you’ve been packing or unpacking for ages by the time you’re done.

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By: Weekend Pretties | All Sorts of Pretty http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-552757 Weekend Pretties | All Sorts of Pretty Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:11:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-552757 [...] Also moving related: tips for packing. [...]

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By: Melissa http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-552573 Melissa Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:19:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-552573 That’s the worst moving story that I have ever heard! Just horrible! Were your items insured by Penske or was it a total loss?

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By: Stephanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/living-well-6-secrets-for-a-smooth-move/comment-page-1/#comment-552006 Stephanie Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:13:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38766#comment-552006 These are great tips! I have done over twenty moves, including across the world, and would only add this one extra piece of advice:
If you have seen where you are moving and know the floor plan, add an extra label to the top of each box for the movers, who won’t want to traipse around the house looking for ‘blue rooms’ or potential lounge, dining or study rooms, which all look the same when empty. I add directions from the front door (or main entry point), such as “Downstairs 1st right”, “Upstairs 2nd left” etc. When they pick up each box the label is uppermost – this also informs extra helpers such as new neighbours who might be on hand. The same goes for furniture where possible.

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