Oh goodness! Over the last few months, I have had a gazillion questions about moving. If every Shade of Shay is an aspect of my life, then this post should simply say this…
Shay hates moving.
But since that doesn’t make for a great post, I’ll elaborate just a bit more.
Some of you are moving pros…some of you enjoy moving, some of you move enough that you have mastered it, some of you are military families, some of you are just always on the move. Thank you so much to so many of you who have sent me unsolicited (and yet much appreciated!) advice on moving!
Here are some great pieces of advice that I received during this last move from readers…
1. Label every room by color.
I had several of you suggest that I label each room by color (so the kitchen is green, the master bedroom is blue, the living room is red and so on). I used big white labels (8.5 x 11 that I bought at Office Max) and wrote on them with a colored sharpie that corresponded to the room. I was very specific about what was in the box too. When we were unloading, it was easy to see what needed to go where just based on the color marker used. Several of you also said that using colorful duct tape was another way to do this (loved that idea too!).
2. Purge, purge, purge…and purge some more.
This is pretty self-explanatory but it needs to be reiterated. You should throw out (or donate) any and everything you do not absolutely love. We moved in February 2013 to our rental and I thought I had purged so much…but then in May of 2014 when I was packing up to move from the rental to the new house, I realized how much stuff I hadn’t purged and had moved from one location to the next. Don’t waste time, energy or space on things you don’t love and can’t live without…purge.
3. Put your clothes in a big sheet.
Sounds weird but works beautifully. If you’re moving within the same area (and not long distance), then instead of removing all of your clothes from the hanger, you just lay out a big sheet (like a king size) and lay as many clothes (still on the hangers) as you can on top of the sheet. Then you pull up the four ends and carry it out of the house. Once you get to the new location, you just open up your sheet and hang up your clothes. This idea saved us soooooo much time!
4. Have a processing area.
I loved this tip about processing your stuff first. We “processed” our stuff on the driveway before bringing it into the house. I didn’t want to just start unloading boxes inside the house that I was trying to organize, so instead we kept everything out on the driveway and brought stuff in and carried it to the room where it needed to be. I think this really helped make everything run more smoothly and kept us more organized. (Don’t just dump anything and everything in the living room and then start going through it…or you will feel very overwhelmed!)
5. Use paper plates in-between your dishes to prevent scratching.
As we were unpacking, my mom thought that this was the most brilliant thing I had done. When I packed up all of my plates and china, I used old paper plates (like old Christmas ones) and put those in-between each plate as a buffer to prevent scratching. Simple!
I know so many of you would love more tips! If you have tips, please, please, please leave tips in the comment area of this post so that others can sort through them and get ideas. Even if your tip seems small and silly, it will probably benefit someone reading.
Happy Tuesday everyone!