More efficient moving tips

Less than seven months after our last move, we’ve moved again, this time into our own home!

We had one 17′ U-haul truck and three pickup trucks. The U-haul truck got crammed full, the other trucks just had a few things in them that were awkward (such as our bikes). We packed the trucks in 1 hour and 15 minutes and unloaded in 30 minutes; since this was an in-town move, it took about 5 minutes to go from one house to the other!

In addition to following last time’s moving tips, we did a few more things that made this move even more organized:

  • Boxed as much as we could. Last time we mostly used banker’s boxes, which are easy to stack and carry but don’t fit larger things very well. This time we used banker’s boxes and larger cardboard boxes so we were able to box up almost everything we owned. This mean less loose stuff for our helpers to deal with.
  • Printed out floor plans. I had measured the new place and measured our furniture and put together some floor plans for each room of where I thought the furniture could go. I printed these out and taped them on the doors or walls so that our helpers could see where to put the furniture. Here’s a sample of my living room floor plan:

    Sample floor plan

  • Had “jobs” for other helpers. I didn’t really plan this, but we did have some helpers that weren’t as able to lift things but were still willing to help; we also had some people who were willing to stay after everything was moved in and help. I happened to already be prepared with some things I wanted to get done, such as lining the kitchen shelves or putting together furniture. I was able to assign these to our non-moving-boxes helpers; it ended up being a huge help as being eight/nine months pregnant makes it difficult to do some of the putting-together-heavy-furniture tasks!

The past several days have been long days of unpacking and shopping. I’ve done some fun organizing projects which I’ll talk about in later posts!

4 thoughts on “More efficient moving tips

  1. Glad to have been a helper and be able to glean first-hand from your moving expertise!🙂 I’m keeping good mental notes of your moving tips for our next move.

  2. Congratulations! We did most of the same things when we moved (and I plan to again) but instead of printed floor plans, we labled spots in the house with blue masking tape. That way when helpers came in, they would see a lable on the wall where we wanted the sofa, the loveseat, the piano, etc. It helped if we were in another location, and a load arrived.

    We also had “foremen” stationed at different locations – old house, new house – to give direction and answer questions. That helped a lot. Cuz you can’t be everywhere at once when you move!

    Congrats again!!!

  3. Some great tips on moving. Here is another one that can help —

    Keep all receipts for moving related expenses in a designated moving folder. Many moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040 or visiting the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov website. You will be able to download and print form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.

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