Having recently packed a house and moved across the country, I meant to post this when it was all fresh in my mind. Having a friend who is moving out of state and keeps asking me questions has made this come alive again. Not to mention that I am NOW having dreams/nightmares about moving, um after the fact?? Attributing them to the category of stress dreams.
Never having made a move like this before, I highly recommend you/spouse
gets a relocation package which includes movers and packers!!!
*purge, purge, purge! For as much as we did, there was more on the other
end, especially for the kids stuff! Tag sale, Goodwill, friends.
Towards the end I was just giving stuff to friends that I couldn't
donate. I didn't care what they did with it!!
*have a designated space for boxes to hold the crappe from when you declutter your house. Label well.
*check Craigslist/friends for moving boxes, bubble wrap and paper. That
stuff can be expensive! Use Craigslist/FB to get rid of it on the other
*intersperse the things you don't want the movers to know about/or
aren't supposed to be transported into separate boxes that YOU pack.
Let's say we had a lot of boxes labeled books, pictures and arts/crafts.
*have one or two no touch zones where the packers/movers won't touch. I used my bed and the kitchen table.
*keep packing tape, a sharpie, post its and a note pad for yourself. You will need it!
*put bedding you will need for your first night in boxes but wrap them
in a special colored tape for easy identifying. You'll want a fresh bed
to fall into on your first night.
*same with pjs, change of clothes and toiletries.
*keep some cleaning supplies on hand to do your final cleanup. Doesn't
hurt to leave a roll of paper towels and toilet paper for the new
*candles will melt. Movers aren't supposed to take matches, flammable items and things in aerosol cans.
*keep track of passports, plane tickets, keys (your son's meds) in a
safe place. If you are driving your car to your new home, that is
another great safe zone.
* have cash on hand if you want to tip the movers/packers. Drinks, snacks, etc might motivate them to work through breaks or lunch.
I'm sure I had more but that's all that comes to mind. Just remember,
moving is stressful and it sucks but hopefully it will be worth it.