Aaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhh Moving House Makes Me Crazy!!!!!!!!

  1. HI EVERYONE,
    I AM IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING INTO MY NEW HOME, AND I THINK I AM LOSING IT, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY GREAT TIPS FOR A SMOOTH MOVE?
    MY HUSBANDS IDEA IS JUST TO THROW EVERYTHING IN A BOX AAND WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT WHEN WE UNPACK AT THE OTHER END>
    ANY SUGGESTIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED>
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   bagladyrn
    Each time I moved I packed one box, carefully labelled with everything I might need immediately on arriving - roll of t.p., paper towels, several styrofoam cups, lightbulbs, trash bags, some snacks that don't need preparation, bar of soap, one telephone, etc. This goes in the car and first thing in the house. Then you don't have to tear open 6 boxes to find the t.p.
    First things I do on arrival after unloading the truck is to set up beds, make them, and dig out shower curtain and towels. That way, when absolutely exhausted, you can take a shower and fall in a nice clean bed - everything else can wait for tomorrow!
  4. by   adrienurse
    Be organized and have lots of friends who own trucks and have strong backs.
  5. by   Robin61970
    I always had wife and husband teams......room by room....they move it......we unpack it before they got back with another load.....
  6. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    cool........great ideas.........keep em coming
  7. by   BadBird
    Depending on how far your move is there are 2 different ways that I used. when I moved across country, I had a huge yard sale and got rid of all non essentials, donated many items to charity, and packed my treasures carefull, labeled boxes. Since you have to move towels and blankets anyway use them to wrap glassware and fragile items. Always keep medications, important papers such as nursing license, child's birth certificates, insurance policies in a small suitcase in your car if driving. (keep that suit case with you) .

    When I moved across town, we just packed up 1 room at a time, I started with the kids room, they hung up all their clothes and packed that in the van, then they were easily hung up. Packed toys and books into laundry baskets that were emptied out into the new room and reused. I found that the garage and shed were the worst items to have to move and the dirtiest.

    Good luck with your move.
  8. by   Aussienurse2
    I got some portable wardrobes, they're like a haging pole and shelves on wheels, put the clothes on these and covered them up with plastic sheeting. Am moving interstate myself at the moment.. have to have a garage sale then am donating what doesn't sell to the Salvation Army. Hubby can drive a pan-tech so we're going to load that up, easy! Just taking what is precious and leaving the rest. Good luck, Oh, in that first box should also be the coffee and the kettle! LOL!! And don't forget to put the electricity on in the house you're moving to BEFORE you get there!
  9. by   nursegoodguy
    keep one box aside for the things you really need everyday! Your toothbrush, soap, shampoo... Label every box with a marker on the side, and be certain of which box has your sheets in it!
    Stuff all the boxes in one room and just unpack slowly!
    I loved my new home before I unpacked! Oh it is so much more roomy than the old house... Then after I unpacked... Why didn't I give the stuff away before I moved! Now my home is somewhat roomy again!
  10. by   Beach_RN
    I am extremely anal.... Each time I have moved, and I have moved 4x's ... I have used a number system/color coding system I number the box, 1, 2, 3, etc. and assign it a color label, red = kitchen, blue=bathroom, pink=my daughter, green=my son, white=my bedroom, etc... then I keep a Master inventory sheet.. that has 3 columns.... number, contents, location it belongs in!

    It help the movers b/c they put the boxes in the areas that they belong for me, If I am looking for something.... all I have to do is look at the list!

    Also my mom, dad and sister always help me unpack... each takes a room for me, and we get a lot done that way!

    Good Luck!
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    B-Matt,
    That would drive me just totally crazy.
    I think it's a little more fun to look in a few boxes to find the crock-pot or whatever. Usually we unpack what we need for the night then spend some time looking for the wine glasses.
    Clear the kitchen table and drink some wine and try not to stress about the move.
    Then put the beds together, slap on some clean sheets and....well...celebrate the new house.
    I havent' really moved in a long time but I remember the last move.
    -Russell
  12. by   nursegoodguy
    bmatt we did do that too... different labels for different rooms, (in the beginning of the move that is) by the time the last few boxes cam it was, just throw it all in together and worry about it later!
    So you find a thawed chicken in your bedclothes... Ooops
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    This may sound weird, but I always like to have the new place scrubbed, and the kitchen, bathroom, and closets put away before moving day (minus the essentials, of course). And a little secret of mine, I always pack up my undies and other unmentionables in a box that I take over beforehand. Just can't bear the thought of some mover getting his hands on my undies (well, maybe before I was married....)

    While I'm not quite as anal as BMatt, I will write on boxes what room they belong in. But I agree with Rusty, half the fun is opening a box and going "AH HA! There it is!"

    I LOVE to move! I don't like the expense that usually goes with it, but I love starting each room over new again! In fact, I'm getting the bug to move again now!

    Heather
  14. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I think it's a little more fun to look in a few boxes to find the crock-pot or whatever. Usually we unpack what we need for the night then spend some time looking for the wine glasses.
    Clear the kitchen table and drink some wine and try not to stress about the move.
    Then put the beds together, slap on some clean sheets and....well...celebrate the new house.
    That's the way we did it -- 7 times in 6 years, no hired movers just whoever I could talk into helping. Bought a house 2 years ago (and let me tell you -- my friends are RELIEVED!).

    By the last move we'd graduated to trash bags -- just toss it in the bag and throw it in the truck (unless, of course, it was breakable).

    And now...any time anyone asks me to help move, well, I have to show up...obviously I now have a vast karmic debt to pay off...so Jayne, I hope you don't live in OKC!

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