Making sure you have enough boxes to pack your possessions into for moving is an important part of the process of getting ready for moving day and there are many options available to you for getting boxes that will save you money.
Locate a moving sale in your area and Inquirer if there are any spare boxes not in use.
You can also ask your friends and family if they have any boxes they are’nt using and would like to get rid of.
Also, you may have boxes laying around you have forgotten about at your old residence in the attic or in your basement.
Visit your local supermarket a few days before your move and let them know how many boxes you need along with the size of the boxes you need and arrange a day to go there and pick them up.
You could also check with your local library or bookstore and asked them if they have boxes left over from paper copiers and such.
Liquor stores are another great place to find free, empty boxes.
If you find you’re going to have to buy some boxes for your move, you can get them very cheaply at Walmart or Home Depot.
If you’re going to be using a moving company, ask them what packing supplies will be needed and what they charge for them.
Unpacking and fun are two words you would think should never be used together in the same sentence.
If you plan in advance and use a little imagination, you can make unpacking and easy experience.
The first step in making unpacking easier begins with how you package your items. You should designate each room in your house its own color and symbol. For example, your master bedroom is a green circle, your kitchen is a blue rectangle and so forth and so on. You can easily do this with magic markers or with colored tape and when you get into your new home and start unpacking just tape a copy of each symbol used for each different room above the door of the matching room. This will make it easier for you and also the moving company if you hire one.
Map Things Out:
Professional unpackers will all tell you that following the floor plan is the biggest timesaver for unpacking. This can be done by mapping out a sketch of each room and also where each piece of furniture goes.
The Vacation Trick:
This is another handy moving trick: pack yourself a bag as if you were going on a weeks vacation. Fill it with things like toiletries and clothing you will have to have to get you through your first week in your new home. This way you won’t have to go tearing through boxes trying to find essential things.
Fill up a box with basic things you will need in each room of your new home. For example, instead of putting all your bed linens in one big box, instead, set aside a bed box for each bedroom and fill it with pillows, linens, bed sheets, and also a plunger. If you have kids, let them put some of their special toys or what ever it is box also.
Use Your Kitchen A Your Command Central:
Fill up one box full of your kitchen items like some pots and pans, dishes and silverware, your coffee pot, a trash can and liners, and if you have one, your microwave. This will make the first night you home a much more cozy stay.
If you are doing the packing yourself, the following 8 tips will help you keep organized to make your packing much quicker and easier.
1. Save Time:
Start packing and planning your packing before you move. Start out by packing several boxes each day, a few weeks before you plan to move.
2. Room By Room:
Pack up one room at a time and pack each area of that room at a time and always avoid putting items from different rooms into one box.
Write down the contents of each box on the top or the front of the box.
4. Use Unprinted Paper:
Printed newspapers and colored tissues can make a mess by bleeding onto other things in the box. It is always a good idea to use unprinted paper for cushioning.
5. Use Clean Moving Containers:
Using a box from a grocery store could be contaminated with bacteria plus they more than likely will not be very sturdy and will not support the weight inside.
6. Unpacking Breakables:
always unpack any breakable items directly over the box they came out of, this would decrease the chances of it breaking as it will probably land on packing material.
7. No Hazardous Materials:
There are some household items that cannot be part of your shipment. Anything that is corrosive, explosive, or flammable should never be packed.
8. Moving Your Valuables:
Always keep things that cannot be replaced with you on your person during your move. Things like family photos, financial papers and assets, legal documents, jewelry, coins collections, family photos, and anything else that cannot be replaced if lost should stay right with you during your move.
Besides being stressful, moving can be an exciting time for your family but it can also be a sad time for your kids. They may be going to change schools, they may be leaving old friends behind but there are things you can do as a parent to help your child during this time of transition.
Before You Move:
- Find out everything you can about the new place an area you will be living.
- Let your child know as much as possible about your new home, town, and state. You should let your child know these things months in advance before moving.
- If possible, take your child for a visit to see the new house, neighborhood, and area.
- Take the child to his/her future school to meet some of the school administrators and also future classmates.
- Set up a goodbye/moving party for your child and let your child do the planning, like getting the addresses and phone numbers of the friends and families they will be leaving.
- Make sure your child’s school records are sent to his/her new school. Also, make sure all medical and dental records for your children are obtained.
After The Move:
- Help your child decorate his/her room and make it a special place in the house.
- Explore around the community and nearby areas with your child.
- Take your child to enroll in his/her new school and meet the future teachers and classmates.
- Talk to your child about signing up with some extracurricular activities like piano, gymnastics, scouts, and other fun things.
- Listen to your child’s feelings after the move and offer support and encouragement.
- Talk to your child and taking pictures of the new home to be sent to friends and relatives.