Monday, January 7, 2013

Boxing 101

When we decided to move, I REFUSED to pack a single box until I knew we were definitely, without a doubt, 100% confident, moving. 
We put a contract on a house, nothing was packed.
Our house was appraised appropriately, nothing was packed.
Our house passed all inspections, nothing was packed.
Negotiations were finalized, nothing was packed.
We got the green light for closing two weeks early, nothing was packed.

I wouldn’t consider this procrastination; I simply didn’t believe it was going to happen.  I continually felt like the rug was going to be pulled out from under us.  There was no reason why I felt this way, and I wouldn’t normally consider myself as pessimistic as I sound right now.  Subconsciously, I think, I was trying to protect my high expectations from disappointment.  Such a silly coping tactic that left me with only 3 days to pack up our entire house before moving.  Not a great idea, and extremely anxiety provoking.  HOWEVER, with my frantic pleas for moving tips, you all were there with tons of advice.  As much as I wish I was this brilliant, this is a compilation of moving tips that y’all gave me.
Moving 101
  1. Pack the vacuum last so that you can clean the apartment/house you are leaving.  (from Meg)
  2. Lowe’s has great boxes. (from Joy)
  3. Place foam disposable plates between your dishes for packaging to prevent them from chipping.  (from Meg)
  4. Pack a few books in every box so that you have medium weighted boxes as opposed to several insanely heavy boxes.  This makes books easier to carry and no one gets hurt. (from Jessica)
  5. Make a basket for keys and wallets so they don’t get lost or accidentally packed. (from Meg)
  6. Have labels made of room names so that you can quickly stick them on boxes.  This will help your movers know where to put boxes and ultimately help you unpack. (from Stephanie) Labels could include: kitchen, living, master, guest, master bath, bath two, garage, linen dining, heavy, fragile, storage, don’t know.Collage 2
  7. Make a list of everything you put into a box and tape it to the house side, or write the contents directly on the side of the box so that you know what is inside (from Danie).
  8. Number your boxes so that you know how many boxes you should expect to move. It is also key to remember this number.
  9. If you’re moving yourself, you don’t have to pack your clothes.  Leave them on the hangers and create a “clothes line” out of Ratchet straps. (from Rich & Lura)  This is so genius!Collage 1
Here are some tips and reminders that the Mr and I have learned from our moving adventures through the years:
  1. Do your laundry before you pack or move.  When you get to your new home you will have tons of dusty things that will need to cleaned.
  2. Liquor and wine stores have tons of great boxes for packing.  They are made perfectly to package kitchen items (i.e. glasses, vases, knives, etc.)
  3. Before moving, have new tags made for your pet.  You want those on your pet as soon as they arrive at the new home.  Also update microchip information for each pet.
  4. Everyone will ask for your new address, so before you even move have change of address cards made so that they can be sent out immediately upon arrival at your new home. (Please don’t be offended if you didn’t get a card from us; I’m a bit scattered brained with the move & the holidays.  If I did miss you, please let me know so that I can drop one in the mail for you)
  5. To follow up with #four, 7-10 days before you move, have your mail officially forwarded so that you don’t miss any bills, fabulous magazines or awesome Christmas cards from friends and family.  When you do this will have to depend on when the previous owners have left and when you actually get to move-in, so you will have to use your best judgment for timing.
  6. When you do get to your new home, go ahead and change all of your addresses as soon as possible.  Don’t forget: banks, driver’s license and registration, voters registration, magazine subscriptions, student loans, bills, all online accounts where you subscribe.
  7. Timing IS everything.  If you are moving to Texas: DO.NOT.MOVE.IN.THE. SUMMER.  Just don’t do it.  We have moved twice in the summer since living in Texas; it was two of the stupidest decisions we have ever made.  Moving in December makes moving much more pleasant.
  8. If you have people coming to help you move, have plenty of water ready and offer to feed them after they move you.
  9. Humble yourself and ask for help.  This will make your life easier and people who love you WANT to help. Let them! This is always so challenging for me because I feel guilty asking for help.  Sometimes you just have to let go of that guilt so you can be showered with blessings.  HUGE thank you for those who volunteered to help us move!
Thank you so much for all of these tips.  They were put into practice and made for such a smooth transition.  Once again LWTH readers pulled us through; y’all are seriously THE BEST!
After a wonderful 3 week vacation I’m back at work today, refreshed and ready to go.  Happy Monday friends!
xoxo Darby


Joy said...

I'm so happy that Hawley's are getting settled in their new home sweet home!! Packing/Moving is a nightmare, but thankfully you received some great advice (even some I didn't know) for the move. We are so happy for the new home of the sweet Hawley family!!

Alexa said...

Oh man, I am so glad to have this. Our next move will probably sooner than later, so I will keep these tips in mind!

Anonymous said...

The don't move in the summer cracks me up. I have had to move twice in AUGUST in Texas and just about died.

Because Shanna Said So said...

Where were you 3 years ago????? I could have used this post then!!! LOL! Cheers to settling into your new home!!

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Unknown said...

YAY! Im glad my tips were semi-helpful!
6 billion move finally paid off.... YESSSSSSSS.

Jessica K said...

And I could have used half of this advice 9 months ago when I moved! haha My advice is find a house where you can be permanent for MANY years, because packing SUCKS! :)

Irish Italian Blessings said...

Wow these are some great ideas!! My hubby is an army kid so he's a moving professional, I just let him do all the work. :)

sherri lynn said...

These are great tips!! I hope you are enjoying unpacking and settling into your new home! Hope your week back at work goes well, too, friend!

Meg O. said...

Dang!!! Those are some darn good tips! I'm pinning this!!!!

Unknown said...

This post comes at the perfect time for me. Glad you are all moved!

Justin and Marcie said...

Totally wish I had those room labels when we moved! Boxes got put in wrong rooms so we had to carry things upstairs/downstairs numerous times! Great list!!!

Unknown said...

Great tips Darby! Wish I would have known some of these over the summer prior to our move. I think my favorite is the "don't know" label. The day the movers came, I had about 50% of my boxes turn into "don't know" since I panicked that things weren't done, haha.

Hope y'all are settling in nicely :)

Lindsay said...

Awesome tips, my friend! Moving is hard work, but being organized helps so very much! Enjoy this crazy chaotic phase, it will be over soon enough. :)

Lori said...

Great tips Darby. Definitely pinning this for later. Hoping to possibly move later this year and want to remember these!

Unknown said...

Hi there,

I live in Nebraska and plan on moving to Texas in September, are there any suggestions for making a long distance move or anything Texas specific I should know about moving?

Thanks! Michelle

Kristine @ Lovely Again by Kris said...

Gosh, I sure could have used a majority of these tips 5 months ago when we moved into this house! Thanks for sharing! :) Can't wait to see all the things you do in the new house!

Domesticable said...

Ok the last comment for the day, How do you add the Pinterest symbols over your photos??!?!? I NEED THAT NOW! Was it easy?


NK said...

I hope my tip for you came in handy! My mom taught me and it really does help. I do it with everything that goes in storage as well, even decorations!

Unknown said...

Many many congrats you become settled now into a new house. Thanks to you too for sharing these helpful tips. I am trying to shift into my new house from last 4 months :D. Hopefully I will shift soon. But I am a little bit afraid about my Packing/Moving of my luggage.
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So Many Little Things said...

Thanks for compiling these great tips! I don't like to pack until I know we are moving either. I color coded the boxes with those circle dots you find at office supply but I like the idea of the room labels better.

Here's something I did last time we moved. Like you suggested, I had a notebook and put down how many boxes we had (and all the other info I needed). Now I think I'd keep track using my iphone.

We're looking for a house so these tips will come in super handy.

Unknown said...

Darby at first you looked to me vary brave that after having 2 weeks yous till haven't packed a single thing and at last 3 days you managed to pack all the stuff.Wow! its shows your bravery and love your idea of labeling boxes with particular room they belong and noting down the list of stuff over particular boxes.When i moved 1 month back i opted for Man And Van Hire London and they did everything for me from packing to unpacking.

Erica said...

I'm reading this as I plan my SECOND move to somewhere in TX during the summer haha. If I could avoid it, I absolutely would. Thanks for making this!

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