Throughout my life, I have had to move house quite a few times (I hope I don't have to! And since they say that practice makes perfect, as I have already done several times, I have an occasional tip, so that your next move will be easier and more bearable.
§ First remember that it is better to do things little by little and with time, and not overnight. So try to start packing early enough.
§ Take this opportunity to get rid of everything you don't need! If you don't love something, if it doesn't make you happy, if you don't use it, DON'T PACK IT! Leave it behind, free yourself and start a life without old junk in your new home.
§ Gather everything you will need:
- Garbage bags:Get the extra resistant type, and buy two different colors. Reserve one of the colors exclusively for garbage. Or better yet, buy some colored ones, and some transparent ones, so that you put the trash in the opaque bags, and use the transparent ones for the things that you should take to your new home.
- Cardboard boxes:Try packing as many as you can in boxes, but if you can't get enough, use them for delicate things. Don't pick them too big, because they will get too heavy once they are full.
- Newsprint:Wrap your junk, pyrex, knives, and other delicate items in enough newspaper. Then put everything in boxes.
- Adhesive Tape:Buy enough tape, and if you can, buy a dispenser, too. If someone else will help you pack, buy another tape dispenser. Also buy paper masking tape to create a visible space to label boxes and bags.
- Scissors and thick markers:You can buy markers of various colors, and identify each room with a different color and the boxes / bags that go in each one. Or you can buy in one color, and label them "kitchen," "office," "master bathroom," and so on.
- Decide how you will code your boxes and bags. Apart from indicating if they go in the "kitchen", "bathroom", etc. you can use code 1-2-3, in which:
- Indicates the boxes and bags to be unpacked as soon as possible. Examples: school uniforms, basic kitchen equipment.
- Indicates that the content can wait a bit. Examples: regular clothes and shoes.
- Points out that these boxes and bags may be the last to unpack. Examples: photo books, extra bedding and pillows.
- Do not loosely label any bag or box, for example using the word “various” or something poorly defined. Be clear about what the box or bag contains, for example: "large Pyrex and serving trays." And remember to label the boxes on their 4 sides and the top
As the big day gets closer...
- Pack apart from all other things, a set of sheets and 1 blanket for each bed, 1 cloth or towel for each member of the family, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other things that they will need the morning immediately after the day of the move. Also pack a change of clothes for each member, two if you have small children or babies, diapers, and 1 pajama for each person.
- Give a good cleaning to your new house, including windows, walls, bathrooms and toilets. This will be the only time that you will be able to reach each and every corner easily, so take advantage! And while you're there, make sure all the lights work, and the hot water is connected and working.
- Also, separately pack some disposable plates, glasses, forks and spoons, and what you will need for the next day's breakfast: the coffee maker, the coffee, the filters, a frying pan, etc.
- Try to spend all the foodyou have frozen or refrigerated, so that it will not spoil with the move. Remember that the refrigerator must be left 24 hours without operation after having moved it, so that the gas that it has in the cooling system has time to stabilize and work properly.
- Wash allsoiled clothes, and keep dirty clothes to a minimum.
- Coordinate with someone who may come to clean your old houseafter you have moved. After moving, you should focus your energies on organizing your new house, so it's better to leave the work of the old house to someone else.
- Manage with the cable, internet and telephone companyto coordinate the visit to install the services, obviously after you have moved to your new home. If necessary, make calls to your current companies to suspend services in your "old" home after they have moved.
The day of the move itself...
Keep cookies or fruit on hand, like bananas or peaches, easy to eat, tuna cans, square (loaf) bread, cereal, and those things that fill up hungry bellies quickly and don't need refrigeration.
Make sure you have easy access to your cleaning supplies and equipment. Even if you've cleaned the house before the move, everyone's in-and-out continuum is going to make it dirty, so you better have what you need on hand to give it a quick clean.
And super important: chargers for cell phones. I don't even have to explain why.
When unpacking the moving truck...
- Assemble the beds firstand put the mattress on them at once. Don't put things on them as you unload the truck. At the end of the day everyone will be tired, and what one least wants to do is have to remove loads of bags and heavy things in order to sleep.
- Install the washer and dryeras soon as possible.
- Check your list of super fast foods, decide what you are going to cook that day (or the next day, depending on the time you finish moving things), and go to the supermarket to buy what you need.
The day after the move
- Get up earlyto take advantage of the day. Take a shower, put on comfortable clothes (do not stay in your pajamas) and eat a simple but nutritious breakfast that will keep you full for several hours.
- Start in the room that is used the most, or that is most urgent to unpack. It can be the kitchen, or if you work from home, maybe the office is the room you need to install first. Go opening all the boxes or bags marked with # 1 (following the system we talked about earlier), or those that you know contain the most necessary things.
- Put everything in its place asyou take out boxes and bags, and go remove the empty boxes and bags from the room as soon as you empty them.
- As soon as you finish with the most urgent thing in that room, resist the desire to continue with the other boxes. Rather, move to the other rooms, and go do the same with the most urgent boxes and bags.
- Mainly, don't try to unpack everything in one day. Do not forget to eat at your hours, stop once in a while to drink water, rest your legs, etc.
Moving is always a strenuous, multi-day and even week-long job, but I hoped with these little tips, at least it's not very traumatic.
Author: Above content is the collection of real customer who has shifted home recently. Information is collected from LogisticMart: Where You Can Find Reliable Packers and Movers to Shift Your Household Items in Delhi