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Home Moving Tips


  • Boxes: These can be purchased at a moving supply company (check your yellow pages). These folks also sell used boxes at a reduced rate. You can also go to liquor stores for their boxes. Keep in mind that you do not need to get huge boxes, because they will be too hard to lift when filled. So keep them manageable.
  • Packing Tape: Be sure and get plenty of tape to seal the box top flaps. It is not that expensive and is worth having enough so you don't have to stop and run out an buy more. Also get the dispensers to hold the tape and have more than one if there will be more people helping pack.
  • Scissors: If you don't get the dispensers, you will need scissors, just remember, scissors are hard to keep up with while you are packing. LOL
  • Garbage bags: Preferably, the kind that you can see through. That way you will not have to reopen the bags to see if it is trash or something you packed that would not fit in a box. Get very strong ones. Mark them with colored ribbons for code.
  • Colored Magic Markers: I use colored ones so that I can give each room a different color and that way, when we are unloading the truck, all I have to say is: "Yellow boxes go in the kitchen, green in the bedroom, purple in the living room, etc". Then you can post the color of boxes over the top of the doorway to that room. I have also used colored ribbon to tie around the garbage bags. Stickers and markers usually don't work, because they either fall off, or you can't see them. Clothes are usually in these bags, so raid your sewing stash for old ribbon or your Christmas stash for Christmas ribbon. It is cheap and easy to recognize. Decide ahead of time what your color codes are going to be and put those supplies in the room. Just don't label all the boxes "Misc" (or "Stuff" and "More Stuff")! You can also give the boxes a number and put the contents of that box on your notepad, so you can find where the item is without tearing open each and every box - and creating even more CHAOS!

    As far as labeling the boxes, if you start packing up the things that you will not need, and start at 1 and label in ascending order, you will know that the boxes with the lowest numbers can be unpacked last. The higher numbered boxes are the ones with the stuff you use the most.
  • Newspapers: This is for packing your dishes and other breakable items. You can never have enough newspapers. Go to the recycle bins and get some. You may have to ask permission.

Beginning to Pack

Now, back to packing. If you will take your time and not be rushed about this, you will do a more efficient job and not be so stressed out. Do you hear me on this! I do not want you to make yourself sick. Slow and steady wins the race. Not crash and burn!

If you have plenty of time to prepare for the move, you can have everything labeled and ready to load on the truck, all before the final day. No stress and no worry. Also, you will be able to find things when you get to your new home. Take baby steps and each day pack up 5 boxes and keep them in the room that they belong in. Color Code the boxes and number them. Label on the outside the contents or which drawer they came from and put it on your master moving list. Get a clip board and keep everything together or a zip up notebook or canvas bag to hold all your markers and supplies. Keep your moving supplies together. If you are having to do this by yourself, you will thank me later.

Now let's talk about what you are going to need when you get to the new house. I don't want you ripping open boxes, looking for things. So here is what you are going to do first before you start to pack anything. Think about what items you are going to need when you walk in the door of your new house.


· Cleaning Supplies.

· Rubber gloves for cleaning the bathroom. I know this may sound funny, but this was someone else's germs. LOL Not your family's.

· Disinfectant. You may need to clean your new home before you can unpack. So you may have to race the movers to the new house. LOL

· Vacuum, broom, mop. I know you may not use them, but you will need to know where to put your hands on them as soon as the movers have finished unloading the truck.

· Rags and paper towels for cleaning.

· Basic kitchen utensils: A skillet, pot, coffee pot, and maybe even your crock pot. Then a spatula, sharp knife, silverware, dishwashing liquid, dish towels, paper plates, napkins, and glasses.

· Simple food: peanut butter, cereal, crackers, bread, coffee, sugar, and powdered milk (I have to have this for coffee. LOL I can also use it on cereal in a pinch.). You may have to make a grocery run for some fruit and snacks for the kids.

· Clothing: Also in your possession you will need a couple of changes of clothes for each person in the family; everything from underwear to socks, shoes and pajamas.

· Personal items: Then you will need a basic bathroom bag. Everyone's toothbrushes, razor, shampoo, soap, tooth paste and of course toilet paper and towels and wash cloths. Don't forget your make up, hair dryer and contact stuff. You don't want be tearing open boxes, hunting for this stuff, when you are getting ready to crash in bed with mattresses on the floor.

· For the first sleep in the new house: Also pack some sheets and blankets for each person's bed and an alarm clock. This should be just enough to help with camping out, while you are working on getting the new house put together.

· And: a phone and your packing supply bag, with garbage bags, and your inventory and special labels that you have made for each door way so the movers will know where to put the boxes, without you standing at the front door directing traffic. I want you to let the workmen do the work, so you can start cleaning and unpacking your kitchen as it comes in the door. Especially the food that you may have moved. Oh by the way, if you are moving frozen food, you will need good ice chests to pack it in, I recommend using it all up all your frozen and refrigerated food before the move or giving it to your old neighbors before you leave. I would start over with fresh stuff for your refrigerator. Toss it all out, except the mustard. LOL That doesn't need to be refrigerated.

Before You Leave The Old House

Now before you leave the old house, make sure the power is on at the new house and the phone. This way, you will really not be in the dark.

Also think about having a cleaning service come and clean the old house for you. You attentions are not there anymore. Let some one else do it for you. The realtor can even hire someone for you.

When the Moving Truck Arrives at the New House

Now when the moving truck gets there, you will need to be the director. Have the children stationed in their new rooms (so they are out of the way, unless they are big enough to fetch and tote). Tell the children not to start dragging out their stuff, until the furniture is in their room and they have a place to put their clothes. Have them to put the boxes against one wall. Warn them about not trying to climb on top of them LOL. You have your hands full. You don't need a trip to the emergency room from a busted noggin.

Main Rule here: As you unpack it, put it where it goes and breakdown the boxes and throw away the paper. Do not start another box until everything is put away. I don't want you to handle it twice.

Then, you are going to have to feed this hungry mob. So either plan on going out for takeout, or throwing something in your crock pot. You can get creative with this one if you want. Toss in a roast, a package of Lipton onion soup mix and a bag of baby carrots and some new potatoes. Or canned spaghetti sauce and boil up some pasta. With some French bread. You could even pack a table cloth and spread it over some boxes for a picnic dinner. What a memory! Your first real meal in your new home. But I will understand if you just go get take- out. LOL

The next day is when your head starts going crazy. You have so much to do and you don't know where to start. I can tell you exactly where to begin. You start your morning routine. Yes, you heard me right. I want you to get up that first morning in your new and wonderful home and get yourself dressed to shoes, hair and face and then, as you get ready, start picking up after yourself. Head to the kitchen and start breakfast.

While you are sitting having your breakfast, do not look at how much you have to do, only concentrate on making a list of the most important things to do first. That will keep your home running smoothly.

· Get the washer and dryer hooked up.

· Get the dishwasher running.

· Buy groceries for the family. Make out a list. Or if you have an initial grocery shopping list that you made while you were doing your planning, grab it from your moving notebook.

· Put on something for supper, or at least have some idea of what to fix.

Now you have a plan.

Then after you take care of your priorities, you can start to unpack one box at a time. Only do 5 boxes, and then stop, rest and have a drink of water. You may want to go to the next room and do 5 boxes in there, just rotate around the house putting things away. Remember, as you unpack things, if you don't have a place for it, you may not need it. So do not just start putting those things in a pile. Decide where it should go and don't put off making that decision until you have a whole room filled with your indecision.

I want this move to be peaceful. It can be if you take it slow and steady and not stress out. You did not get packed up and moved in a day and you are not going to have the house put back together in a day. If your husband thinks this can happen, you tell him to talk to me. LOL I want you to stick to your plan and take baby steps unpacking. After you have the basic household items unpacked, just take 5 boxes a day and put things away where you want them to go. Toss out what you really don't love or need and put the things you do love in its new home.

This move can be a clearing experience if you will take it step by step. You can do this. All you have to do is have a plan and follow your plan. Do not try to unpack in your gown and slippers.

I want your new home to radiate the love you have for yourself.


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