Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gotta Get Moving Giveaway - $100 Pottery Barn Gift Card

It's official, today we opened escrow on a new house. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we put our house on the market and we were very lucky that it sold in less than a week!

Now, the clock begins to tick. Our estimated moving day is August 1!

Yikes!
Sure, I have lived in several different places since graduating from college, but this is the first house that I really put down roots. We have lived here for almost seven years, buying the house the week before we got married. And both of our kids came home from the hospital to this house. As a result, we have accumulated a lot of crap, I mean stuff, in this house!

So, I turn to you for your wisdom and advice. I know there will be some hiccups along the way but I would love for this experience to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Having said that, I would love to hear from you any tips you have for moving and all the stuff that goes along with it. I would also love to find out about your experiences with moving companies, both good and bad. Or maybe, you can share with me advice or questions I should ask when trying to select the right movers for all our stuff.

Naturally, I do want to provide you with some incentive for this advice. One lucky advice giver will receive a $100 gift certificate to Pottery Barn (which can be redeemed at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PB Teen, Williams Sonoma, and/or West Elm).

Here's how to enter:
  • Post a comment here with your moving advice
  • Be sure to include your name and location (city/state)
  • Please post your comment by Tuesday, July 6th at 11:59 PST
  • Become a Follower of Houses, Couches and Babies to receive an additional entry (those that are already followers automatically receive an additional entry)
  • For a third entry, become a Follower of Houses, Couches and Babies on Facebook (again, if you already follow HC&B on Facebook, you will automatically receive the third entry)
The winner will be announced shortly after July 6th. Thanks in advance for your advice! I am going to need it!

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Rebecca Graham said...

Hire a professional mover. Pack up one room at a time.

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ky2here said...

Learn to divest - give it away to charity. Take what you need and leave the rest (for a good cause). Watch a few episodes of 'hoarders' a month before moving.

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Dar said...

Pack each room separately, labeling boxes (necessities in one box that you can access easily at your destination so you don't have to dig in every box to find what you desparately need) You can even code the boxes in order of necessity.

agordon10 said...

Pack early. Start boxing as soon as possible so it is not so daunting.

Renski17 said...

Moving is a great time to purge items you haven't used in 5+ years. Donate and take a deduction plus you next home will be clutter free. GLTA
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sweepmom said...

Clearly lable all boxes. As you pack get rid of things you don't need, no sense moving that stuff to your new place.

Mami2jcn said...

Before packing, make sure you declutter and give away or throw out anything you won't need in the new place.

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April said...

Hire a mover, so worth it.

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Ok I hate moving too but here are some tips...
garbage bags are your friends right now. Clear out one room totally and use that as the moving room and put items you are keeping in boxes and mark what is in them and have it in plastic inside. Right now is the time to donate, and get rid and purge of garbage. If you cherish it and love it keep it. If you are keeping it because it may be worth something someday sell it- ebay, pawn consignment shops- clothes there too or have a huge garage sale and stick the cash away for new things. Now is the time to purge it..sell, donate and toss. Libraries are a great place for books- daycare for videos/dvds- etc. We moved last year and it took awhile after being at last place for 15 years- now we could move in a weekends notice if we had to and love the feeling of less crap and junk- less to clean and less to lug around. God Bless and good luck (seriously that room thing is great- section off and bring it into empty room marked) Also for kitchen items I got big plastic tubs and marked it so I get it only when I need the item instead of stuffed in the cabinet taking up space)

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Amber said...

My advice is to have a garage sale first to get rid of a lot of stuff you don't need!
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Anonymous said...

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THROW AWAY ITEMS YOU DO NOT NEED

chamberlainali said...

CLEAN OUT EVERYTHING YOU DON.T WANT BEFORE YOU START THE PACKING, WARDROBE BOXES ARE GREAT WHEN YOU UNPACK EVRYTHING IS READY TO BE HUNG IN YOUR NEW CLOSET.

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Sarah said...

My advice: throw out/donate all the crap you've been storing for years but never use, get family/friends to help you pack and hire a mover for the furniture.

randio said...

Have a moving sale & then hire professionals to do the actual move!

suburban prep said...

Go Through and see what is really something that you want to bring to the new house and what you can do without. There is not need to bring "extra " items to the new location. You pay a premium with moving space and then you will also wonder why you brought something you really didn't want to the new place.
Clearly mark on the outside of boxes what the items are and into which room in the new location they belong.

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peg42 said...

Try to do a bit of packing each day. Packing a few boxes a day is a lot easier than a bunch at once. Also, while packing, weed through what you really don't need and toss or donate those items. All the less you have to move than.
Make sure to mark each box clearly, what room it belongs in and what's in the box.
Anything of value or great sentiment, keep aside and move yourself.
Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.
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cloud10277 said...

Before you start packing have a garage sale. You'll earn extra money for decorating the new place and get rid of some of your old stuff at the same time.
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Cathleen said...
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Cathleen said...

Oh, boy. My only advice is to make lists and have a plan. That is the only way I can get through it and stay sane.
Rexburg, ID

Krista said...

Now is the time to get rid of unwanted toys, clothes, magazines, etc. Don't move things you need to throw away.

Invest in some wardrobe boxes - easy move of clothes.

Laundry baskets are good for hauling miscellaneous items yourself.

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buzzd said...

Label boxes on the top and side so it is easy to see what is in them when stacked and always leave out paper towels, cleaning supplies, toilet paper so you have easy access to them when you are in your new place.

Leslie said...

Do not move anything that you don't love. No matter how expensive it was or who gave it to you or whatever- if you don't love it, don't take it into your new home.

Deci said...

Pack soft stuff like clothes and blankets in large plastic bags. Use to cushion other items in truck.

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Preppy Mama said...

First make sure the movers you hire have insurance and what is covered if they break something. We packed our own things and since we packed it they had some clause in the contract that covered then, even though they broke it. I would also advise that if there are things that you cherish and would be heartbroken over if they perished...pack and take with you. For me it was the little things that I worried about. Carefully label everything and make sure the movers place them in the proper rooms. Put signs in the rooms to help guide the movers...this was something I wish I had done. They started piling everything in one room and it made me nuts! Good Luck!

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sjt42075 said...

when you pack, be sure to label the boxes with everything that's in them so it will be easier to find what you need when you need it.
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Denise S. said...

Start packing early and put everything that belongs in a certain room together in the same boxes.

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Carrie H. said...

I highly recommend labeling as specifically as possible on the boxes. Don't just put kitchen. Put blender, mixer, etc. It will make things so much easier when you need to find it at the new house! Good luck!

Carrie H.
San Diego, CA

Bridget said...

Be sure to securely pack your items. It's heartbreaking to open a box and see your great grandmothers china broken.

mogrill said...

Label all sides of the box and hire movers!
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Jolynne said...

My advice for you is. If you havent looked at the item in 3 months throw it away unless its some kind of survival item. You will feel bad and think I maybe could use this item soon, but you won't and you won't regret it when you are unpacking. I just moved 2 weeks ago I hope its not as stressful as mine was! :)
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Salt Lake city

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naturegirl said...

If you are moving your items yourself, don't use too big of boxes. It's hard to realize just how heavy some items, such as books, can be, until you try to pick up and carry the boxes.

nanny said...

Be sure and mark which room every box goes to.....helped me so much!
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Arkansas

Good Luck with your move!!!

Verging On said...

Make sure you fill out the change of address form at least 3 weeks in advance so you don't miss any mail!

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Renee said...

Pack each room separately, clearly labeling the boxes. Also get rid of anything now, don't move extra stuff.

cdziuba said...

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Abby said...

Fill one box with all of the bedding from everyone's bedding. Mark the box OPEN THIS FIRST. Then the first thing you do when you get there is make everyone's bed. That way as you are unpacking no matter how much you get done you will at least have a bed to sleep in!

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Anonymous said...

Be extremely organized, this is coming from someone that has moved many times.

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Crossed Fingers said...

I've moved a million times and my best advice is to make sure you have one box that has everything you'll need for the first night you're there. So you don't have to sort through box after box looking for a lightbulb or your toothbrush or the pillow cases...

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mensa63 said...

Have moved several times. Easiest was moving from college dorm as everything was pretty well trashed after 4 years so just chucked everything and went home. Moving after kids came along I found best to park them with grandma and grandpa for the duration of the move or any available relative or friend. Make sure accommodations are made for pets as they cannot ask for what they need. Take care with overseas shipping, I shipped my clothes with a reputable shipper to Glasgow, Scotland. When they packed them they were nicely hung in upright wardrobes with shoes and accessories carefully stowed. When I got them someone had removed them from the wardrobes and stuffed them into shipping boxes. My complaints yielded a check for $200 to take them to the cleaners but some were ruined as the wrinkles never did come out.

Anonymous said...

Take a certain amount of boxes and try to fit in all that you find necessary and important. What does not fit in the box is probably not so great piece after all. Donate it and move with less stuff. Because you know... after some time all your shelves and cupboards will be full of stuff again and there is not enough space.

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Pat said...

Get rid of what you don't need. Label all your boxes. If you're packing yourself, pack last what you will need first at your new home.
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Anonymous said...

Make sure that you label where all the boxes go. And throw away or have a yard sale before you move of all the things that you don't want or need.
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Courtney said...

moving advice is to have a HUGE garage sale before you move!:)

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mverno said...

mark the boxes so you know whats in them mverno@roadrunner.com

sarah said...

well, you already seem to have everything in place with moving dates, but my general moving advice for others is try to have some overlap of a few days between places to give yourself a little cushion room in getting all the moving taken care of. If you hire a mover, make sure they are licensed and insured.

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sksweeps said...

Start now! Go room by room, mark yard sale, donate, move. Then have the yard sale and enjoy the $$! Pack the rest, starting with stuff least likely to be needed, mark with room and contents on EVERY BOX! Save the stuff that's always being used for last, and pack and mark with room, contents and maybe even special color box or bright labels... Move, then repeat in reverse order. Good luck!

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sksweeps said...

Oh yeah, maybe use yard sale $$ for 'meals in new house fund' for take out so unpacking kitchen won't be critical for a few days!

Also, stop buying so many groceries - try to eat out of pantry/freezer for last few weeks to reduce that moving chore.

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Becky said...

Pack up the kids stuff last that way you can unpack it first at the new house. It will keep them occupied while you do other stuff.

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Stephanie said...

start packing early and label label label
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wcc said...

My best advice to you is to make sure that you label, label, and label! Nothing worse than having to go through fifty boxes trying to find the TV remote! Thanks so much for the chance! :)

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The Sunshyn said...

Moving is definitely the time to get rid of all those little extras which have accumulated over the years. It feels good to rid oneself of all the clutter and start anew.

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Traumajunky said...

Like many others, my advice is to not move what you do not need. We are debating on moving to a larger place and the first thing I did was start going through everything. I thought I did this on a fairly regular basis already but I have found 5 trash bags of clothes to donate already.

Claire said...

Clearly label every box -- maybe even tape on a list of exactly what's in it! And pack away the stuff you don't use as much first.

Claire, San Diego, CA
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smilekisses said...

Mark the boxes with what ever is in them and what room they go in.
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Pat said...

The best advice I can give you is to not pack what you don't need anymore - this is a good time to de-clutter your life!

Sharon Harmon said...

When using a moving van, pack all of the large and heavy things first, then boxes, then the rest. That way the heavy, more valuable items are stabilized. ;)
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Super Blogger Girl! said...

when we moved we did it in three day sections we moved two major rooms a day and unpacked that same day. it seemed to go so much smoother than when we moved a whole house then spent months with boxes laying around, plus we reused the boxes and bins each day so we saved in the long run, also we only had to rent a uhual from the big furniture which we did on day one!

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Amber said...

Have a garage sale or estate sale if you have time. When we moved out of state, we ended up having a sale a week before moving. Helped us get rid of of a lot of stuff we didn't need, and it helped us raise $500.

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The Taylor Bunch said...

pack one room at a time and stay totally organized labeling each box with what is inside
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allysona said...

make sure everything us labeled,,,especially the kids stuff

jsc123 said...

My best moving advice is to pack everything that is not a necessity or that is used regularly ahead of time.
Things such as momentos or item that aren't used everyday but that you don't wish to get rid of can be safely packed away. You will be surprised by just how much last minute packing this eliminates.
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marthajane said...

All of the advice I've read is great!

If you are having people help you move, mark your bedrooms (or all rooms) 1, 2, 3...
Then mark the boxes to go to those rooms accordingly. The movers (or helpers) aren't going to know where Lindsay's room is - but they can find the sign with "2" written on it easily!

Deborah said...

If you're using a moving company and paying by the pound, make sure you tell them you want copies of the weight receipt before and after they load their truck. Our move was 1K pounds less than the estimate and because we didn't get copies, we didn't get a refund.

marjeannie said...

Plan where your items will go in your new place (including furniture arrangement). Bring info on the places in your old town (dr etc) Makes it easier to xfer medical and school records (for instance).

clc408 said...

My advice is to take a good hard look at your possessions and get rid of anything you don't use on a regular basis. I still have stuff packed away in boxes after our move 25 years ago!

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Linda said...

Mark on the outside of the box what room it goes to, like kitchen,bedroom.
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Gina said...

My moving advice: If at all possible hire professional movers!! Also make it a point to sell, throw away or recycle as much of your stuff as possible. Try to be organized as well.
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hiann88 said...

Label all boxes and gather all friends for the move.

Maggie said...

use paper boxes. Perfect size and built in handles often.

crystalf said...

I really do suggest you have friends and family help if at all possible. It makes it easier on you and maybe a little more fun. lol Good luck on the move!

llinda29 said...

have a yard sale before you move

Cheryl said...

My advice is to start packing the smallest rooms first. Only pack one room at a time. Starting with the smallest room gives you a sense of accomplishment that will encourage you that it really isn't as bad as you thought. If possible move packed boxes out of the house so you don't feel overwhelmed by the mounting piles of boxes. Keeping things clean and organized will make the process so much more easier.

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Lori said...

I like to put the kids' stuffed animals, or blankets or pillows in boxes that get heavy like things from the kitchen or book boxes. It saves on boxes.
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snowluvnferret said...

I use bright post-it notes and tape them to boxes. Each color goes into a different room at the new place. Easier for me just to look at a color rather then read writing on a box

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simone/ thebubbledies said...

Our last two moves were cross country and we have used Allied and not had any issues out of the normal random broken items. We currently live in Round Rock, TX. My best advice is to leave the house while packing is occurring. My husband kicks me out and it is much less stressful. I am way to anal to allow others to pack my stuff, so I just pack up the real breakables and then leave till its done. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

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jzagarjr said...

Sell or throw away things you don't need so you don't waste time moving things.

Julieh said...

My advice is to first go room by room and donate or throw away any items you don't need anymore. Then pack it up, and have a mover move it on out! Chandler, AZ
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pmernick said...

I have moved 8 times in 17 years, and currently live in Winston Salem, NC. I am very clutter-free, partly due to seriously getting rid of items each time we moved. I've never regretted giving/throwing away anything! Hire a mover! I always packed, but it was worth every penny for the movers to haul it...
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Alice said...

get a babysitter, lol

Amanda said...

I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but it's crucial to look at your stuff objectively. Do you really need it? If the answer is no - donate it or have a yard sale before you move (extra money!) The liquor store has tons of boxes in a variety of sizes and they will very happily donate them all to you. Your new neighbors will think you're alcoholics, but whatever :)

Number all of the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
Speaking of lists, keep them for everything, especially in the final days leading up to the moving day. They'll help you keep your sanity in the chaos!


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Susan said...

Moving is never easy but if you have the time, I suggest purging as you pack. That way you are de-cluttering and not bringing unwanted items to your new place!

Good luck!

Susan, Chicago

h. mcnaron said...

take this chance to get rid of things you don't want or need- clothes, furniture, anthing you have not used in 9 months. it will make everything easier! atlanta, ga

lpooleslca said...

Get organized early. Set little goals. Sometimes I set a kitchen timer and work for 30 minutes or an hour than I do something fun for a few minutes to take a break.
L Poole - Charlotte

chromiumman said...

sell/give away as much as possible beforehand

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Not Just A Mommy! said...

I'm not sure what the cost would be to hire mover, but I would definately agree with that. A good company is insured, timely and will take the time to make sure everything is put in/strapped down/wrapped furniture in plastic, etc.

They had a list compiled, labeled and numbered boxes, unloaded everything and placed them right where they were labeled to be in our new home.

Sadly, I wish I could suggest a company, we've moved because of the military and with duty station changes, they used their own companies.

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Hire a Professional!

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It is hard to do, but be ruthless when it comes to packing things to take with you. Donate, sell, discard items you no longer use, need or will not have room for in your new location. Remember, some things are cheaper to replace than to pay to have moved.

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Tanya from HometownExpert.ORG said...

Packing can be absolutely OVERWHELMING. I set a timer for 15 minutes and pack, purge, and clean for that long before I take a break. It helps me focus on what I'm doing and even a kid can wait a few minutes while Mama finishes up a 15 minute sprint!

I also makes sure and put the items we'll need FIRST into the moving truck LAST, and pack the cleaning supplies last, too. You never know what you'll need to do last minute at the new place :)

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OlyveOyl said...

Make sure you are present if having mover pack your things - ours didn't use enough paper (many glass items/dishes and picture frames were damaged) - make sure your boxes are sturdy!

Jillian said...

label your boxes and wrap breakables in plastic bags

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logans mom said...

If you havent touched it in the last 6 months, dont move it! Have a giant yard sale, donate to good will, but dont take everything with you!

amp said...

Moving can be stressful so start as soon as you know you are moving-first throw out what does not need to go, then pack systematically and label well.

Trish said...

Don't go out and spend a lot of money on stuff your new house "needs" right away.... Live in, make a list let time go by, ... You will avoid impulse purchasing and wasted spending.

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dandmrobbins said...

Pay a college student to help carry the big stuff. Use heavy duty plastic tubs esp. for plates/books. Label several sides of boxes (make labels with the computer).

Tina12312 said...

This is the best time to clean out everything you really don't need or want. Donate, have a yard sale, whatever and then you will be ready to pack. Pack each room separately, glass items especially well, and label so you know where it goes when it gets there and what's inside. Then hire a good, reputable mover.

Thank you and good luck to you!

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Keep some light snacks on hand, because moving makes you very hungry.


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Nanci said...

Start well in advance and label every box.

Tina12312 said...

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Tina12312 said...

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Katie R. said...

I have moved with the help of my family and with the help of professionals. It is much easier with professionals and worth the extra money.

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Appleton, WI

Erica C. said...

The storage pods seem like a big help. You can have it delivered to your house, spend as much time as you want packing your stuff into it, and then have it delivered where you want it to be delivered.

hity88 said...

I gather my friends - the more the better/easier and I carefully label every box.

Meet the Browns said...

My tip is to pack heavy items in small boxes and lightweight items in large boxes--it makes everything easier to carry!

Katie
showbizkp[at]gmail[dot]com

Crystal said...

My advice would be to label everything well. Sometimes you will need something before it is unpacked and writing on the box makes finding whatever you need much easier;)
Bright Blessings!

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Meet the Browns said...

My tip is to pack heavy items in small boxes and lightweight items in large boxes--it makes everything easier to carry!

Katie
showbizkp[at]gmail[dot]com

Chip said...

Well if you are lucky enough to have a moving company move you, don't stress about the little things. When we moved, I trying to clean drawers and closets. It really wasn't necessary. They will just take your whole drawer, dump it and wrap it. It was great. I did have a garage sale and got rid of lots.
Jill L
Shippensburg, PA
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Chip said...

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Aisling said...

I'm not sure that "easy and stress-free" have any connection whatsoever with packing up a house and moving, but several posters have given you good advice. I'd stress the de-cluttering aspect especially. Identify everything you don't need, have a yard sale if you have time, and donate the rest. Label all your boxes clearly so you can find the necessities when you get to your new home.

Daniel M said...

always get references for the movers! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Debbie C said...

Don't bother to pack the contents of clothing drawers. Just run couple of strips of duct tape around them to hold in the contents and leave them in the dresser, chest, etc.

Anonymous said...

Erin T

Bribe your friends to help you with

free beer and pizza

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Marcia said...

If you are paying a mover you must be very dispassionate about what you pack...throw out/donate/give away/have a yard sale but don't pay to have something moved that will be useless in your new home.

Anonymous said...

Hi - Katie from Troy, Mi - My best moving advice is to take lots of small trips (if possible) and unload 1 vehicle at a time, putting the contents of said vehicle away before moving on to the next. Don't overwhelm yourself unnecessarily. Also, moving is a perfect time to freshen up and get rid of your old junk. Sell it, recycle it, toss it... Just don't move it with you!!! When in doubt, throw it out. Thats my motto :)
kanderspina~at~yahoo~dot~com

Jenn S. said...

Pack the kids things last and make sure they are off the truck first. Makes the transition a bit easier.

Louis said...

hire a babysitter while packing up things and moving

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LittleEagle said...

Be brutal with paring down stuff. Once you get to your new house if things aren't used withing 6 months be brutal about getting rid of them.

sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

ohstac said...

Label everything! It makes it easier for your helpers to get the boxes to the correct room.

ohstac said...

I follow on GFC.
Stacy from Cleveland, OH (forgot to leave in my other post!)

Joanne Gregory said...

Take a deep breath and ENJOY the experience. Everything will find its place in your new home!

Joanne Gregory from Waynesville, NC
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Jennifer R said...

My advice for moving coming from past mistakes I have done:
1. do not get rid of everything you think you won't need at the new house.... you will probably need more than you think
2. always label your bedroom stuff in a separate box with lots of bright stars on it... this will be the first box you will want to open so you have a familiar bed to sleep in at the new place
3. know where the coffee maker and supplies are packed or just take them in the car with you

rah267 said...

crazyred61@yahoo.com
Go through everything, get rid of anything you dont need, donate it or toss it just dont take stuff you dont want or need with you

cindi said...

invite family over for an eay way to get rid of whats not needed
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Colengal said...

Pack a "1st thing we need" box with stuff you need moving day night when you are to exhausted to thing. Stuff like towels, paper plates, a screw driver, meds, etc. pack it last and unpack it first. Having that on hand is a huge help

jlafount said...

Do a little bit everyday before you move. You only get pissy trying to do everything at once

Anonymous said...

Part with what you don't need and hire professionals!!
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Valeen said...

Make sure the beds and bed sheets are the last thing to go in, so they can be the first thing set up. It's wonderful to collapse into your own bed after a very hard move! Also, label all your boxes, possibly even color coding them so they are unloaded into the right rooms.

sweepyhead at gmail dot com

luvmydoggie said...

Box and label things you absolutely need and mark those you'll need immediately with a BIG STAR. While sorting through things, separate them into piles, e.g., things for friends, things for charity, things for the garbage. Don't wait until the last minute when you're stressed. Enjoy the process and the excitement of moving.
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Adrienne said...

Get rid of as much junk as possible. Don't keep moving stuff you're not using from place to palce.

Kelly Walston said...

When I've moved, I've tried to be as organized as possible - labeling all boxes not just with contents, but also with what room they should be put in upon delivery.

Kelly Walston said...

I follow via Google Friends Connect :)

Kelly Walston said...

I follow via Google Friends Connect :)

Kelly Walston said...

I also follow via Facebook!

Amanda S. said...

Declutter before you pack!

(email is in my profile)

Mimi the kitten said...

Let people help you - it's easy to feel too proud/guilty to let loved ones help you, but it's honestly a blessing to all involved to come together this way.

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