I’ve always been impressed by people who are good at manual work. People who repair a defect sink or a broken down car.
I’m much more of a “thinking person” than an action person. This is good, because the profession I’m in requires lots of mental work. But there are episodes in life where my lack of manual skills shows.
One of them is when I move to a new home.
Some people seem to have a natural talent for it. They just look at a room, and they know exactly how to package everything, what goes together, and how many things will fit in one truckload and which order will work best.
I on the other hand always get overwhelmed with these things. I feel like I don’t know where to start and how to break it down into a step-by-step process. It’s confusing to me, quiet frankly.
However, I now am much better at it than I once was. How come? Well, I hired a professional Hire a nerd moving company to do the moving for me, and I asked the guys a lot of questions. I even took notes. You should have seen their faces, they laughed their… well, you can imagine what part of their anatomy they laughed off…
Anyway, here’s what I learned:
1. Get good moving materials. Yes, they cost a bit more than using old newspaper and cardboard boxes from the stores, but there won’t be any bad surprises that end up costing you extra time.
2. When you package your things, pack them by room. So on some moving boxes you write “kitchen” and then only things that belong in the kitchen go in there. On other boxes you write “living room”, and “bed room”, etc. This way you will know where to unpack each box.
3. Keep the things that you will need right away in a separate bag that you will carry yourself. I’m talking toothpaste and toothbrushes, clothes to change, a towel, soap, toilet paper, some snacks, water.
3. Put heavy and large items in small boxes! Yep, that’s an important one. I always put the large and heavy items in the big boxes (sounds logical, right?). But the thing is if you put the large and heavy things in the big boxes, you will always put more stuff inside and thus this box will become ultra-heavy. Instead, put lightweight stuff in the big boxes and heavy things in small boxes, this way it will be easier to carry. For example if you have big pillows and blankets – they usually weight a little bit only but take up lots of space. Perfect for big boxes! And if you have very fragile items you can actually put them in between. Make sure though to write it on the box so that when you unpack you don’t accidentally break them.
4. To transport clothes use wardrobe moving boxes. They are reusable, so you buy them one time but can use them over and over again, and you can actually use them for seasonal clothes. (So example in summer, you can store your winterclothes in there).
5. If you have to transport large mirrors or picture frames, get some frame moving boxes. And write GLASS on the outside in big bold letters so that everybody knows to handle it carefully. Put them in upright position or let them stand on the side – point is, don’t lay them flat on the floor. Mirrors can easily take some pressure and bumping from the sides, but if you apply pressure frontal that can break it easily.
6. Glasses should be packed separately in packing paper or bubble wrap. Otherwise you might not only lose some glasses but have to carefully clean all your dishware from glass splinters.
7. Lamps. Ok, I admit it, this is the stuff I hate. The best way is to disassemble the separate parts of a lamp and package them all individually. Wrap them with packing paper or bubble wrap. Don’t use old newspapers, cause that paper smudges and you’ll later have ugly shades in your room from the newspaper print.