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Moving help in Madison, WI

I'm moving out of my 1 BR apartment in Madison. Most of my possessions will be shipped. Illness set me back on getting ready, and now I need to find folks (paid or charitable) who can help me pack and ship last minute. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Cleaning and preparing things for storage?

My belongings are going to be boxed and stored in a family member's extra bedroom for several months. I know how to wrap everything so that it won't chip or shatter, but should I be doing more? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet on Jun 26, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I deal with silverfish in a move/storage situation

We've got some silverfish at my current apartment, which I'm in the process of boxing up for two months of storage followed by a new apartment (I'm overseas in the meantime). How do I pack up to manage this infestation? My goal is to kill them off during storage if possible, but at the very least to keep the problem from getting worse. (Eg keep the silverfish from migrating from, say, my books to my clothes.) [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Ship *all* the things (US)

My things are moving cross-country at the end of the month, to a friend's house that will be my new address. I, however, am travelling overseas for a couple months between moving and getting there. Advice on shipping stuff affordably with a minimum of inconvenience to my friend is welcome, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Jun 10, 2015 - 7 answers

How to survive an urgent home-hunt in LA, as a recently disabled person?

ARGH! MOVING! I have less than 2 months to vacate my apartment, and find a new place in Los Angeles. I've moved about a dozen times over the years, but THIS time I don't even know where to begin, because all the stuff I took for granted before requires physical fitness that I no longer have, and I'm running out of time. Could use some advice! [more inside]
posted by jake on May 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Company/Service that specializes in just packing for Chicago?

We have a move scheduled soon with a company we've used before and are happy with. The SO has about 6-8 medium boxes worth of valuables and delicates she would like professionally packed before the move; the company we have can do this the same day but has indicated this would result in delays and does not recommend it, and they are unable to send someone the day before. Is there anyone that will help us with just the packing part? [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on May 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Moving to another state. Way too many options, help please?

I took a job that means we are moving everyone from north of Boston to north of Philly. This means packing up one house to sell and then moving everything to a new one. We have started working on the selling and buying aspects, what we don't have any clue about is how best to do the packing and moving. Suggestions please? [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Apr 16, 2015 - 4 answers

What is the best way to handle the last parts of packing to move?

Movers are coming on Thursday to take almost all our stuff from our 1BR apartment to storage. Most things that can be easily boxed have been. Now I'm dealing with the home stretch of packing: the weirdly shaped stuff, the stuff I'd rather sell than store but that no one seems to want, and the hard decisions like what clothes do I pack for the next three months while the rest sits in storage. How do I accomplish this in three days? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 23, 2015 - 26 answers

Have you hired movers to pack for you? How was it? Any tips?

I want to learn more about hiring movers to pack up your place before moving: Advice, tips, experiences, pros and cons, etc. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 30, 2014 - 31 answers

Everything up-to and possibly including the kitchen sink.

I need a bag--something like a duffel bag--that is VERY big. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Aug 26, 2014 - 25 answers

Moving over the course of a few weeks. What goes in the first/last box?

I'm about to move! Yay! My move coincides with two weeks off! Yay! Given that I have all this time, this move is going to kind of trickle from one house to the next, moving stuff as I have it packed, with one big day in the middle where I officially change residences. So, what goes in the first box that I take over to the new place, and what goes in the last box to leave my current place? [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem on Jul 10, 2014 - 19 answers

One move, three states

Moving from the midwest back to California via a three month stay in Massachusetts... [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Apr 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Move-packing hacks

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. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Mar 22, 2014 - 26 answers

Cargo Van Tetris

I have some boxes and some furniture. They need to fit in the back of a van. Is there somewhere on the internet where I can tell it the sizes of my things, and the size of the space they need to fit into, and it tells me how to most efficiently stack my things? [more inside]
posted by mgar on Feb 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Packing and unpacking services in NYC

I am moving in Brooklyn and need a service that will pack my current apartment and unpack in my new apartment. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help us move without too much chaos!

We are making a local move (less than a mile) to a new house. When my husband and I moved into our current 4-bedroom house 14 years ago, it was the two of us coming from a small two-bedroom apartment with not much stuff - I packed it all, had movers, and it was done in a day. This is not that move. Please share your tips and tricks for moving a big, complicated household! [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Nov 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Recommendations for int'l packers/movers from NYC to South America?

I'm helping someone move from Queens, NYC to Bolivia, and I'd appreciate recommendations on reliable packers/movers that have international moving experience. This would be a small apartment's worth of clothing, kitchen items, TVs, etc, but no furniture. The largest item would be an upright piano that, ideally, could be packed by the same company but, otherwise would be separately crated and shipped with the household effects. In the event that no great int'l movers come to mind, recommendations for a great packer and a great international freight forwarding company would be appreciated.
posted by the sobsister on Aug 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Need some help planning a move with PODs

The fam and I are moving in two weeks, and will have two weeks of living in a small rental between closings. Because of this delay, we are going to use PODs for the move, but aren't sure what size we need, and hoping someone can help. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on May 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Cost-effective strategies for moving from Hawaii to LA

I'm trying to plan our move from Oahu back to Los Angeles. We have too much for airline baggage, but too little for a shipping container. We're selling all the furniture and big items, and planning to buy used replacements when we arrive. We're paring down our belongings as much as we can bear, but it's still not going to fit in airline baggage. I'm talking medium-value, medium-sized things like baking pans, shoes, small kitchen appliances, and books. What's the cheapest way to ship all this little stuff? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Making a big move and need to start consolidating possessions to the essentials

I'm planning to move in a little over a year and will only bring what I can fit in my car. How do I start clear out most of my possessions? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Nov 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Short of packing myself in a box...

I'm moving. I want to do it in the most efficient way possible. Absent a magic wand, any tips/best practices/suggestions/lessons learned? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Aug 22, 2012 - 28 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Moving across the country! Boxes to ship! Help?

Moving from Brooklyn, NY to San Diego, CA. Have about 10-15 large/heavy boxes to ship to CA. A few boxes are primarily books and DVDs. The others are clothes and shoes. Nothing super fragile. I don't have a car. What is the best/easiest/most affordable way to do this? Halp!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Contents under pressure

I'm packing for a move from a dry climate ~7,000 feet above sea level to a wet one ~300 feet above sea level. What precautions should I take to ensure all my stuff survives the trip? Anything else I should be mindful of for adjusting to the new environment?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the easiest and quickest way to get rid of hundreds of books?

I'm moving in about ten days, I'm disabled, and my mother (who is in her mid-sixties) is here helping me pack. I've got four of five hundred books, mostly paperbacks and mostly genre fiction, about which I'm finally being sensible and eliminating. The problem we're having is that it's almost as much trouble to get rid of these as it would have been to pack them. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on May 19, 2012 - 24 answers

How can I get the most out of a 3-month stay in Copenhagen?

Moving to Copenhagen for 3 months, excited and nervous! What will I eat? What should I bring with me to wear? How will I get around? How will I stay in touch? Hope me, hivemind! (MANY details inside because I am such a special snowflake) [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Moving House And Kids

Tips on moving! Have you moved across country / to a different country? With a wife and two kids? How did you organize it? I am looking for specific things that we need to add to our checklist / to-do list. Are there any good checklists out there already? We will need to line up housing. What did you forget about? What did you do that you shouldn't have done. How do you line up housing when your thousands of miles away. Specific packing / organization tips? I would like to prevent this move from becoming stressful. Please help our family move with the least amount of pain. Moving to Austin Texas if it matters.
posted by jasondigitized on May 23, 2011 - 11 answers

RRRRRRAAAAAID!

Please help me leave my six-legged roommates behind. [more inside]
posted by wo on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Best moving advice?

Suggestions for best Household moving organizer.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Sep 26, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me not have to jump through one more logistical hoop nightmare

What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Can I borrow a cup of sugar? Or a fondue pot?

Is there anything similar to freecycle or craigslist for items one wants to borrow and return? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Mar 31, 2010 - 9 answers

I know I don't know you that well, but wanna help me move?

Can you tell me where to find cheap packing material for moving - bubble wrap, newsprint, peanuts, whatever. I've already seen this thread on where to get moving boxes, and if you have anything new to add, that'd be great. In case it matters, we're moving a standard 2 bedroom apartment across town in the far northwest Chicago suburbs. Nothing particularly valuable.
posted by desjardins on Jun 13, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there a Movr website to help my sister move?

Is there a good schedule/list site that can help you move houses? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Too Much Stuff!

Less than six months before moving internationally - how do I manage all my stuff? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 8, 2008 - 15 answers

I really don't want to take it all with me.

What is the most secure and cost effective way to start moving a small number of things to the US from France? [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Aug 18, 2008 - 5 answers

My God, I have a lot of crap.

This is my first real (cross-country) move. What are your best packing/moving strategies that I should adhere to? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Aug 2, 2008 - 8 answers

From DC to Dallas.

My girlfriend and I are moving across the country, from DC to the metro Dallas area. I've never moved cross-country on this scale, so what tips/advice/warnings can you give me about this sort of move? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on May 27, 2008 - 16 answers

Prior AskMeFi threads and new answers on the subject of a restless kid moving to Brooklyn?

Help a nervous kid sort through all the helpful AskMeFi threads already out there to answer this question: I'm moving from the Bay Area to Brooklyn - how can I do it effectively? [more inside]
posted by rmrudy on Aug 15, 2007 - 9 answers

Reliable Moving Company in Orange County

Can anyone recommend a reliable moving company in Orange County, CA? [more inside]
posted by sciatica on Jul 18, 2007 - 3 answers

What to bring, to Beijing?

At the end of this month I'll be moving from Ottawa, Canada, to Beijing, China to work as a software developer for a couple years. What should I bring with me, and what am I better off buying once I arrive? [more inside]
posted by benign on Jul 15, 2007 - 19 answers

MovingFilter

Tips and advice for a long-distance move by car? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jun 17, 2007 - 21 answers

A Pilgrimage of High-End Kipple

MovingFilter - Alright, Mefi, one last time. In about 24 hours, we need to load up our car with our worldy possesions and ship the rest for our move cross country. How best to ship about a dozen boxes of a standard size? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Sep 28, 2006 - 17 answers

How to keep computers safe on the road?

We move in just a couple weeks. We're stuffing all our belongings that will fit into the car and shoving of. Among these belongings will be two desktop computers. What is the safest way to transport these? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Sep 12, 2006 - 13 answers

Traveling too light?

Should I be packing more for a year or more of teaching English in Indonesia? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Feb 25, 2006 - 11 answers

movin' on up.

I'm packing a 26 ft. U-haul truck in a few hours. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 19, 2005 - 27 answers

How do I ship my life to the UK?

I will soon be moving permanently from California to the UK. Besides the headaches of visa applications and plane tickets, I have an awful lot of crap I need to ship over. I'm looking for the cheapest, safest way to ship large amounts of clothing, books, etc. overseas. I don't mind if the cheapest option means it will take 3 months to arrive. Any advice on this matter is welcome. [more inside]
posted by circe on Jun 2, 2005 - 12 answers

Advice for Moving

Moving mistakes? I'm looking for generalized moving advice, apartment to apartment. There are great threads (this one on moving to NY is really a classic) but what about the nuts and bolts of getting things into boxes and out again? What did you screw up last time? What do you know now that I don't yet?
posted by CunningLinguist on Dec 21, 2004 - 64 answers

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