Moving Tips

@Jennlk84 (4219)
United States
July 31, 2009 5:06pm CST
My husband and I are in the process of moving to a different state. The big move is actually tomorrow morning. I swear we've been packing for at least a month. It's to to point now that I'm going INSANE! I so want this to be done and be moved in and settled!! So now I've been thinking about moving tips for next time. And I'm curious as to what moving tips others may have - even though I'm pretty much already moved, others can benefit from these tips and hey, I know I'll be moving again and can benefit. My number 1 tip: SELL ON CRAIGSLIST! We weren't aloud to have yard sales in our apartment complex so I just posted all the stuff we wanted to sell on Craigslist. We made around $500! It was really a big help in buying our new furniture. So what are your tips for moving? It can be anything you've learned or that has worked well for you during a move!
8 responses
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
1 Aug 09
i just moved 2 day and it really sucks. i didnt have a lot to move, but i am exhausted from what i did do! My best tip is to suish everything to gether to make it compact which equals more space
1 Aug 09
We had to put our furniture in storage for awhile, but carefully labeling each box and what room it went in was a big help.
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
Well, I guess aside from selling on craigslist you can also give some of the useless things or excess stuffs to Freecycle.com. It's a site that accepts hand me downs. I usually give some of my old stuff and unused things there. The people who wants them will have to come and pick it up themselves. Good luck with the move.
@dex1007 (556)
• Malaysia
1 Aug 09
trust me, once you unpack your going to start throwing stuff. so throw them now, if your not so sure about something, think deep once, if you don't need it throw it. a clean home is clutter free home. and when unpacking, don't get anyone else to unpack your stuff, especially the kitchen, you'll be looking for stuff for years. lol. hope you have a happy move, congrats on a new home.
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
1 Aug 09
In our country we seldom move when we settle down in some place . It's hard for me to imagine we will move to another city in the future. We just don't have the habit to move i think. We get used to live in the same city , work hard , raise our kid and actually buy a house . When we finish this we are old already.
• United States
1 Aug 09
Actually the reverse... To save money when moving BUY ON CRAIGSLIST! I just moved about 2 weeks ago. For about a month prior to my move I was buying everything on craigslist. I bought my washer and dryer (new place didn't have them). I bought a sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table. I bought a few pieces of wall art. I bought my grill (new place has a nice big deck). All kinds of stuff. I had my family helping me move, so we rented a big truck and put everything in it and moved on over. It really saved me a lot of money and hassel of trying to find furniture right after I moved in.
• United States
1 Aug 09
We moved into our house 4 yrs ago and its been a while so I have forgot alot...but I remember packing things together and trying to even out the weight of the boxes...not make to many that I couldnt carry myself this way the guys were able to carry more at once. good luck with your move...I hope you are happy at the end.
• United States
31 Jul 09
My biggest tip, keep things organized! Especially when it comes to packing up the items you use most often, on a daily basis. Put all these things together and keepthose boxes seperate, so that when you move them to your new house, you know those are the ones to un-pack first. Obvious things such as clothes, bathroom supplies, bedding etc. But don't forget where you put the coffee maker and toaster! You don't want to wake up on your first morning in your new house, ready to have breakfast and then get to unpacking and settling in, only to find you don't know where these things are. It can really get the day off to a bad start My family moved often when i was little, so i had plenty of experience with this. My mom's favortie tip is closley related to your craigslist one. When we were going through the house, packing things up, she loved to get rid of things we didn't need or use anymore. It really cuts down on the amount of stuff to pack, move and then try and find new homes for at the new place. Her rule of thumb was that if we haven't used it in over 6 months, and it isn't a seasonal item, it was gone. Either given o someone else, donated or just tossed. (We never attempted the garage sale thing) Another tip, for if you have kids. If your children are on the younger side, it is a good suggestion to try and find a place for them to stay, such as with relatives, for the big move day, and a few days after. Moving is a huge upset to little ones. All of the things they find familiar are gone and everyone is hectic to get things done and tempers can run short. When we were quite little, my parents would ship us off to grandma and grandpas for a mini-vacation, then when we went back home, even though it wasn't the same home, things were at least somewhat familiar. Our rooms might not of been the same rooms we had, but at least out stuff was there and we could be comfortable. If the kids are older, i say put them to work! Once they help move everything, they really can get an appreciation about how much stuff they have, and personaly, my favorite part about moving was getting to re-design my roomfrom scratch and organize and put away all my belongings and make my room pretty. Hope all goes well with the move! Good luck!