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, 19 Aug 2014 11:43:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 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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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: 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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