Moving cross-country as a physically disabled person
June 3, 2013 8:07 PM Subscribe
This summer, I'll be moving 2000 miles across the country for a new job. I have to hire movers to load my things into my pod, but I'd like to save money and pack things myself. But that's difficult because I have a degenerative joint condition that makes even simple things like standing, leaning forward, or doing the dishes very difficult.
posted by petery to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a new job 2000 miles away, which I'm very excited about! I'm moving this summer, and I'm planning to use a pod (ABF or U-Box), delivered door to door, with movers to load and unload on each end.
Moving is complicated for me because I'm physically disabled. I'm physically unable to do a lot of things that able-bodied people take for granted, and I also have to minimize my total exertion level.
That said, I'd like to save as much money as possible and pack up many of my things myself. I have a few friends who can help, but I already impose on them a lot to help me with physical tasks. It's not fair to ask them to be my laborers/carers, and it's important for me to be as independent as possible.
So: Have any of you found any great ways to make packing easier on your body? Any good tools or strategies? Especially for people with arthritis or other disabilities, but anything labor-saving would be welcome.
For example, I can't bend over to put things in a box that's on the floor, but I also can't move a packed box (even a very, very light one) from off of a table. Is there any easy way around that? Any assistive devices that I and my occupational therapists haven't heard of or tried yet?