7 moving tips from a clumsy nerd
I have always been impressed by people who are good at manual work. People who repair a faulty sink or a broken car.
I am much more of a “thinking person” than a person of action. This is good, because the profession I am in requires a lot of mental work. But there are episodes in life where my lack of manual skills shows.
One of them is when I move to a new house.
Some people seem to have a natural talent for it. They just look at a room and they know exactly how to pack everything, what goes together and how many things will fit in a truck and what order will work best.
On the other hand, I am always overwhelmed by these things. I feel like I don’t know where to start and how to break it down into a step-by-step process. It’s confusing to me, frankly calm.
However, I am much better now than before. How? Well, I hired a professional moving company to do the moving for me, and I asked the guys a lot of questions. I even took notes. You should have seen their faces, they laughed … well, you can imagine what part of their anatomy they laughed at …
Anyway, this is what I learned:
1. Get good moving materials. Yes, they cost a bit more than using old newspapers and cardboard boxes from the stores, but there will be no nasty surprises that end up costing you more time.
2. When packing your things, pack them by room. So on some moving boxes you write “kitchen” and then only things that belong in the kitchen go in there. In other boxes, write “living room” and “bedroom”, and so on. This way you know where to unpack each box.
3. Store things you will need right away in a separate bag that you will carry yourself. I’m talking about toothpaste and toothbrushes, clothes to change into, a towel, soap, toilet paper, some snacks, water.
3. Put heavy and large items in small boxes! Yes, that is important. I always put the big and heavy items in the big boxes (sounds logical, right?). But the thing is, if you put the big and heavy things in the big boxes, you will always put more stuff inside and therefore this box will become ultra-heavy. Instead, put light things in the big boxes and heavy things in small boxes, this way it will be easier to transport. For example, if you have large pillows and blankets, they usually only weigh a little, but take up a lot of space. Perfect for large boxes! And if you have very fragile items, you can put them between them. However, be sure to write it down on the box so that when you unpack you don’t accidentally break them.
4. Use closet moving boxes to transport clothes. They are reusable, so you buy them once, but you can use them over and over again, and you can actually use them for seasonal clothing. (For example, in summer, you can store your winter clothes there.)
5. If you have to transport large mirrors or picture frames, get some frame moving boxes. And write GLASS on the outside in big, bold letters so everyone knows how to handle it carefully. Stand them upright or set them aside; the point is, don’t put them on the floor. Mirrors can easily take some pressure and bumps from the sides, but if you apply pressure from the front you can easily break them.
6. Cups should be packed separately in packing paper or bubble wrap. Otherwise, you may not only lose a few glasses, but you may have to carefully clean all the dishes from glass splinters.
7. Lamps. Ok, I admit, this is what I hate. The best way is to take apart the separate parts of a lamp and pack them all individually. Wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap. Do not use old newspapers, because the paper will stain and then you will have ugly shadows in your room due to the printing of the newspaper.