Friday, December 20, 2013

Moving Tips

Okay, this is a repost from my wedding blog. It's been a pretty big hit over on Pinterest, and I got to thinking that the blog post would be more appropriate for this blog as opposed to my wedding blog. Hope these tips help you with your move - I know they did for me! Happy moving! 

I haven't been a Navy wife long, but I'm finding there are definitely ups and downs. One good thing that has come from my husband joining the Navy is that I was able to quit my full-time job to stay at home, work on my business, and take care of our son. I am honored and feel very blessed to be in a position to do these things. 

On the other hand, there's a lot of not so awesome things that come along with it. Being away from my husband is the worst, but he's serving our country, and is providing very well for his family. Another thing that is not so fun is the moving part. Right now, I'm having to pack up the entire house by myself. With that being said... I have a few tips for those of you who may be moving in the future. 

1. Pack all your books in your suitcases.
This will enable you to roll those things around instead of trying to gather a 50 man crew to move those heavy boxes full of books!

2. Pack your clothes on their hangers in large garbage bags.
This saves a lot of time and energy when packing and unpacking your clothes. Don't forget to tie the opening at the bottom, and label who's clothes are in the bag so you know where they go when unpacking. I used the big Glad ForceFlex bags. If you don't like the idea of garbage bags, try the next tip for packing your hangers. 

3. Tape your hangers in sets of 10.
This keeps them nice and neat, and will prevent them from becoming a hot tangled mess! 

4. Leave your clothes in your dresser. 
Purchase some stretch wrap (basically giant Saran Wrap) to wrap around your dressers, side tables, and more. I used Duck brand Stretch Wrap that I purchased at Wal-Mart. Sorry I don't have a picture.

5. Pack your breakables with your clothes.
This is excellent padding for your fragile Items, and it saves you time and money from trying to find, or purchase padding. Plus you're killing two birds with one stone! 

6. Pack your home by the room. 
Start in the least used area of the house leaving the kitchen till last. This will enable you to start getting ahead of the game without stressing if you packed something you need or not. 

7. Pack an overnight bag.
Whether you are going straight to your new home or not, make sure to pack a change of clothes, toothbrush, and bathroom essentials. After an all day moving affair, you might find you're too tired to go diving into your boxes right away looking for these items.

8. Go to local stores to pick up their empty boxes for free! 
Don't spend a fortune on moving boxes when you can go to places like grocery stores, restaurants, shoe stores, and liquor stores. In my endeavors, I have found that shoe stores and liquor stores have the best boxes (the large ones that all their products are shipped in).

9. Purchase sturdy plastic cups, utensils, and paper plates.
If you're like me, you just want to get it done. You can go ahead and pack a lot of your kitchen items if your purchase plastic cups, utensils, and paper plates. Just use those till its time to leave then toss them in the trash. Easy peasy!

10. Invite your friends!
Don't pay for an expensive moving company to help you load your truck. Invite your friends over to help you out in exchange for some pizza, beer, and one last get together before you leave. Works every time! :)

I hope these tips help, and happy moving!!