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As promised, I’m completing my list of helpful hints for your next moving day. Revisit yesterday’s list of tips before taking a look at these. Then pull the most relevant ones you think will be most helpful during your next relocation.Moving day doesn’t have to be the most dreaded day of the year. Ease into it with preliminary planning.
14. Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides – so be sure to hit up your local liquor store.
15. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you’ll remember how and where all the wires go.
16. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you – pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
17. Along with feeding your moving crew, give them first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate – it’s just an extra perk since you won’t be paying them.
18. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move – don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.
Another note: if you have enough friends, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.
19. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in – this is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
20. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
21. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving – this might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable but don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
22. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least 6 weeks before moving – it’s an easy way to make you feel like you aren’t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself. But it can take some time for things to sell on these sites, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.
23. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before – it’ll save you the trouble of having to take it there yourself.
24. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving – the more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
25. Hire a sitter or enlist someone you trust to watch children and pets for the day – the last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this busy day.
26. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid – I can explain why in two letters: P-U!
Spending a little extra time before the actual moving day can decrease the stress and make it a fairly bearable day. Look to friends for lots of extra help, and know they’ll expect the same assistance in return. But you can score more points if you serve colder beer and better pizza.