January 24, 2007 3:01pm CST
I am about to make a move from New York to Texas. I am really worried about how this move will go as I am not very good at driving a moving van and my husband will be the only driver. Also, we have two cats moving with us. Any tips you can give me for moving, I will appreciate!
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24 Jan 07
I know what it is like to move.. It can be very stressful, yet at the same time very exciting, but also quite scary.. It's a mixture of emotions all rolled in to one.. I will try to give you a few tips the best to my ability.. As I have learned from personal experience that sometimes you should have done things before hand.. As I know how over-whelming it may be at first when you are loading items in to your truck.. Or putting items in to your new place.. Some of the tips I can offer you would be: - Try to mark on the boxes what/which room they should go in to. - Wrap your breakable objects in newspaper. So that they don't end up bumping in to each other then breaking. - Don't forget that sometimes pillows or even cushions can be used to some type of support for some of your breakable items. Still wrap them of course in newspaper but cushions I have found help them from rolling around. As I know what it is like to open a box & see some of your most treasured possessions broken. - Try to group stuff together. For example: bathroom stuff, or kitchen stuff, among other things.. It helps when you group them as then you know where they exactly are. - Sell or donate some of the stuff you don't use often. - Try to write everything down before hand! Almost like a list or a checklist if you'd like to call it that! Trust me you'll thank yourself later on.. You can put a number on each box & then try to create a simple record keeping system if you can. And when you are describing the boxes on the list try to be really specific. As if you don't it will be rather confusing then! - If only your husband is going to be driving.. You guys may need to take several stops just so he is able to stretch quite a bit.. Even if you stop just to get a drink & walk around to make your legs from being so stiff.. This will help.. Just keep an eye on the things in your moving vehicles though.. You can't trust anyone these days.. - Carry important documents with you. Registered mail, etc. - If you take your cats make sure you have food & water with you. But also newspapers to keep the vehicle clean. - When you've got a lot out of your house.. Try to.. Leave your closet doors or even your kitchen cupboards open until you leave. Then you can walk through & see if you had left anything. - Most of all.. Try not to get all to stressed out! Try to think positive, & of all the new memories you & your husband will be making at this new place that you will be moving.. Good luck on your move.. I wish you all the best of luck. xx
• United States
24 Jan 07
Don't take the fastest route where you can easily get lost. Take the busy roads and take your time. That way if you get lost, there's more chances of getting help. Don't worry so much about all the millions of things that you have to do while you're in the van. This is the time to reminisce about the old place and neighbors, etc.
• United States
24 Jan 07
Drive on the straight aways on the interstate where you won't be going through any major cities. When you know you are coming up on a city pull over at a rest stop and switch places. This will give your husband a break when he needs one and you should be able to handle just the regular interstate. Get carriers for your cats. My mom and dad brought their cat when they came to visit in Mississippi. When they put her in the car they just opened her cage so she could come and go as she wanted but if she got frightened going inside the carrier made her feel better. Moving stinks. We moved from Pennsylvania to Gulfport Mississippi and back again. I hate moving.
24 Jan 07
Ok so here are some tips for moving: -Designate dresser for first-night essentials (sheets, towels, toiletries, plates). -Load this last, unload it first. -Reduce your load by having a garage sale beforehand. -Consider the cost of shipping vs the cost of replacement for cross-country moves. -Pack seldom-used or out-of-season items ahead of time. -Notify friends & relatives of your move. -Start submitting change-of-address forms to post office. -If you have kids, arrange all documents for changing kid's schools Gather all important personal, insurance, medical and dental documents.