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:
- 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!