Preparing for Moving Day

May 31, 2012

Well, the big day is almost here! You are feeling pretty confident that you are ready. The movers have been hired, your worldly possessions are all neatly packed in boxes, and you’ve completed your change of address card at the post office! So, now you can sit back, relax and enjoy moving day, right?? Awww, if it were only that simple! Let’s face it, moving day can be stressful and energy draining to say the least! So, how can you survive it, and maybe even enjoy it?

Here are some simple tips to help you survive (and thrive) your moving day experience!

1. Confirm with everyone involved in the move the night before. This means calling the movers, the babysitter, the electric company, the telephone company, and cable company. You don’t want any surprises on Moving Day!
2. Move all your boxes as close as you can to the entrance of the home that the movers will be using. This makes loading your possessions much easier and faster for the moving crew.
3. Take all lampshades off lamps and remove the light bulbs. The movers will have to do this anyway, so save some time by doing it the night before.
4. Ask your moving company to supply you with several wardrobe boxes. Simply take your clothes (on the hangers) and place them in the box. You can do this while the movers are loading up all your other items.
5. Strip all the linens off your beds and put them in a box marked ‘bed linens’. This not only will save the movers’ time, it will make it easier for you to find the sheets when you get to your new home.
6. Pack a cooler the morning of your move with all items from the refrigerator and freezer. Keep the cooler with you. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks for the day.
7. Start your moving day with a power breakfast! Seriously! You are going to be working hard all day long; you will need your strength!
8. Ship the kids and pets out so they are not around on the big day. This will eliminate a great deal of stress for you. All the commotion caused by the movers will just get your children and pets overly excited and the movers will appreciate not having to work around your children and pets.
9. Take valuables and family heirlooms with you personally. Don’t trust Great Aunt Eunice’s Waterford crystal pickle bowl to the movers. Even if you have movers insurance, you can’t replace certain items that have sentimental value.
10. Have cash available to tip your movers…they’ve earned it!

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