March 22, 2014 11:52 AM Subscribe
We are starting the first wave of packing to move - I call this wave "cleaning to pack", involving mostly going through closets, cabinets, drawers etc and organizing/tossing so that we don't give up and just start upending drawers into boxes.
posted by Lyn Never to Home & Garden (26 answers total) 82 users marked this as a favorite
This is my first mid-range move (more than 40 but less than 250 miles) as a post-college adult, and in our last move halfway across the country I packed up my primary kitchen items and then left the state so my husband could throw away all my packrat shit. That at least means we're relatively lean on crap but the new house is 140 miles away. We can't do 20 carloads of lamps and odd bullshit on top of the big moving day. (This is 3br house w/ yard to same, so we still have a lot of stuff.)
We're using professional boxes and tape guns, I've got that colored label tape from Upack that has room identifiers printed on it, plus white Avery labels to jot the jist of the contents. I do have a medium roll of bubble wrap and both small and large rolls of that cello-wrap stuff. I have several econo-packs of zip-top gallon/quart/sandwich/snack baggies. I own all the markers.
The best thing we learned from the last move is that every sheet, towel, sock, dishrag, and piece of old clothing is perfectly good packing material. A friend of mine recently tipped me to put the bedsheets and pillows for the bed you want to sleep in inside the dryer before it goes on the truck, so there's no "where'd I put the sheets" crisis at midnight. I read a tip to use foam picnic plates between your plates instead of using those expensive foam sleeves.
I have a box in the hall closet marked DEAD TECH and another marked CABLES-MISC. (I'm about to put one out for socks, because they're such good packing material.)
These are the things I'm looking for - tips for the safe packing of things, tactical moving-planning ideas, ways to make the packed-but-not-moved phase less stupid (and the moved-but-not-really-unpacked). Less emphasis on things to buy unless they make such a difference in time/damage/future regret that I should know about them.