In spite of the short distance, the move was traumatic. Over the years, I somehow managed to fill every closet, drawer, and shelf with something. Not necessarily something worthwhile, as attested by the row of bulging trash bags on my curb, sitting together like travelers awaiting a bus, not knowing their next stop will be the landfill.
I have collected too many dishes, too many clothes, too many books. Did I mention books? Books seem to be a weakness of mine. I pity the men who carried the boxes of books I moved with me. The one thing I moved during the move that I hadn't counted on was DUST. I thought I was a pretty decent housekeeper, but apparently not. When everything was dismantled, ewwwww.
Now that my move is complete, here are my top five non-expert moving tips:
- Make a list of all the agencies who will need a change of address. These can be numerous, such as insurance companies, magazines, credit card companies, driver's license bureau, doctors, etc, etc. Also, start early to get these changes in motion. Some require the changes to be made in writing, others can be made online.
- Label every box you pack with the contents. You'll thank yourself when you're unpacking.
- Pack items by room. This will allow you to prioritize which rooms to unpack first.
- Give away any furniture pieces that are not needed so they don't have to be moved.
- Use handle-tie garbage bags to move clothing. Slip the clothing into the bags, then secure handles over hanger hooks.