The Diva of Clean is Moving!
Helpful Moving Tips
Ufda! It’s been a wild ride folks
but I want off now please! There is only so much disorganization and
unkown an anal-retentive can take and I’ve reached my limit!
We’re moving. Finally. We’ve been
trying to do this for almost three years now. We put the house on the
market, drive through all types of new and old neighborhoods and search
the internet for a home. Then we change our minds (because we see how
flippin’ expensive these homes are) and take the house off the market.
Well not this time. We’ve sold the
house and are moving next week into our new house. Am I excited?
Certainly. Once I get past all the stress and anxiety. A bigger mortgage
payment. More house to clean. A new neighborhood. Where’s Walmart? Who is
that strange person walking that ugly dog down the street? There’s a lot
to worry about! But alas, I’m up for the challenge. I’ve got over 100
boxes packed and stored in the garage and probably another 20 or so to
pack. The house seems like a shell of what it once was.
The process of moving is long,
frustrating, painful at times and an anal-retentive-organizers nightmare!
We’ve got boxes, full, empty, assembled and unassembled lying all over the
place. Rooms are partially packed, with remnants of the life that once was
overtaking the room, barely noticeable. Constantly I walk over things,
jumping out of the way of a glass shelf, framed picture or something I
don’t want to break. Living this way is almost like living in an old
bombing field. I just don’t know where to step and it’s scary to make a
Moving can be exciting. It’s fun
to think of all the space I’m getting, the new opportunities for
decorating, the fresh walls to paint and hang all my favorite pictures on.
Packing, on the other hand…well, it just sucks.
Since everyone moves at some time in their lives, I’ve tried to organize
my packing in such a way that I can still live in the house (relatively
speaking) while structuring the moving process to accommodate a smooth
move. Success isn’t complete until Friday, July 30th, when we
stuff the truck and head to greener pastures. But so far, so good. In
light of that, I thought I’d offer my fellow movers a few tricks I’ve
learned throughout this lovely process.
- Make a list. Keep a notebook, a
sort of ‘catalog’ of each and every box and it’s major contents. Number
the boxes from 1 on up so you can easily find a box if you need
something from it and you’ve not go to moving it yet.
- Even better, number each box
starting from 1 and up PER ROOM and COLOR CODE the boxes with sharpies.
Blue for bedroom, etc. You can also use stickers to color coordinate the
- The more boxes, the better. You
will be surprised how many boxes you will need compared to how many you
THINK you’ll need.
- Use bubble rap or tissue paper
to wrap household goods like silverware and dishes. Don’t use newspaper
unless you’re okay with washing everything before you put it away. The
only paper I know of that doesn’t have ‘ink leakage’ is the Chicago
Tribune. If it rubs off on your skin, it will rub off on your dishes.
- Pack like with like. If you
don’t know what’s going to go where, keep things in associated groups.
Lights with light bulbs. Computer materials with computers, etc. This
way you can go to a box, get what you need and use it without taking the
whole box and unpacking it, just tossing it all over your new place.
- If you’ve got cable TV and
you’re keeping the cord, tape it to the back of the TV so you don’t lose
it and keep your kids from watching TV while you unpack. You’ll end up
feeling more nutty then them!
- Back up your packing mistakes
with a ‘parts box’. A box you keep in the kitchen to throw cords,
remotes, plugs, etc. in when you can’t figure out what the heck it goes
- Better yet, make this box
BEFORE you pack up your house and throw it all in there and then use
multiple colored stickers so you know what’s what.
- Keep important papers with you.
Don’t pack them because you may need them before you move or shortly
after. Also, if you have a moving company, don’t pack them because
though I’d like to trust everyone, you can’t. You never know who’s going
through your stuff when and you don’t want that information easily
- Give everyone a ‘personal box’.
This box will be for them to store anything they’ll want ‘right away’ in
the new house. Then you’re not running around searching for the Beanie
Baby or Gameboy you knew you shouldn’t have packed but felt compelled
previous are a few suggestions I have come up with based on my current
experience. Since I’ve not completely moved, I thought I’d forward some
info I found online that’s been helpful. Perhaps you’ll find it helpful
when (and if) you move…
One Month Before Moving
- Fill out change of address
order form for post office.
- Fill out an IRS change of
- Make arrangements with moving
company or reserve a rental truck.
- Make travel arrangements, if
necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
- Transfer memberships in
churches, clubs and civic organizations.
- Obtain medical and dental
records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for
referrals and transfer prescriptions.
- Set up a checking account in
your new city.
- Check into the laws and
requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses,
professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be
applicable to you.
- Take inventory of your
belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an
insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your
belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
- Make arrangements for
- Start using up food items, so
that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
One To Two Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility services to new
address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine
subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
- Arrange for help on moving day.
- Confirm travel reservations.
- Reserve elevator if moving from
- Have appliances serviced for
- Clean rugs and clothing and
have them wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead for special needs of
- Close bank accounts and have
your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no
outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
- Collect valuables from
safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing
or hand carry them to your new address.
- Check with your insurance agent
to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy
during the move.
- Defrost freezer and
refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close friend or relative
your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
On Moving Day
- Double check closets, drawers,
shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
- Carry important documents,
currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
- Carry travelers checks for
quick, available funds.
After Arriving At New Home
- Renew your driver's license,
auto registration and tags.
- Shop around for new insurance
policies, especially auto coverage.
- Revise your will and other
legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
- Locate the hospitals, police
stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
I hope this helps. I’ll keep you
posted on what I learn from my move! Enjoy!