Moving is never easy. I have not met anyone who looks forward to packing up all of their stuff to move to another house, an apartment or to another state. Moving is the pits! I doubt that anyone would disagree with me.
How to Move the Easy Way!
1. Put a “For Sale” sign up on the lawn outside of your home and if you can, put one in the window.
2. Find a mover who is local. Local movers charge less. They do not have to worry about driving a long distances, or paying the tolls on the highways.
3. Think about hiring a U-Haul. This is the least expensive because you, a family member or a friend, can drive the Van to your destination. All that you have to do is pack. Friends or family members can help to load the van since they know that I think that moving is the pits.
4. Before finding a mover to help you to move, it is important to clean your house of all the accumulated junk. This is the worse part. You have to decide what to keep and what to throw away. If you have a problem deciding, ask a friend or family member to do it for you and then turn and walk away.
5. Go into each room of the house, apartment or condo. Look around and decide where to begin. The closet is the worse, so it might be best to start there. Remove everything that you have not worn in the past three years. That should help to make a dent in the closet. If I did that, most of my closet would be empty, and my giveaway box would be filled to the top. Donate all garments, shoes, and pocketbooks to charity. Many people would be happy to receive whatever it is that you call junk. Although moving is the pits, it is also a good way to clean out items that have not been worn for ages, no longer fit or torn and can longer be worn.
5. Open the Linen Closet. Make sure that all the towels, bedding and stuff do not hit you on the head when you do that. Put aside all the stained or torn towels or sheets. They make great box fillers or to wrap dishes in. Save them. Put the good towels and sheets into one of your dresser drawers. They will save you from packing them into a box, and can keep valuables from breaking when you wrap them with the towels and sheets.
6. Go into the kitchen. This is the worse place to clean out. If you are like me, junk drawers are filled with junk that can be tossed out without even looking. Close your eyes and throw things out without thinking about who can use them, how handy they are, or that maybe you will want them someday. If you have not used or needed them in the umpteen years you have lived there, trust me, you will never use them.Throw them in the trash. Do not take them with you.
7. Get boxes to use for packing. The best place for assorted sized boxes is the Supermarket. Make sure the boxes are clean. You do not want to take bugs with you.
8. Save newspapers. They are good for wrapping dishes and other items that need protection from breakage.
9. Buy heavy duty tape to seal the boxes. Make sure that you also buy magic markers of various colors. These can be used to mark the boxes, by color, according to the rooms they came from. It makes it easier to place the box in the room it belongs in and to unpack once you get to your destination.
10. Get help packing by inviting friends and family members to have a cookout at your apartment, home, or condo. People like to eat and afterward they each can take a room in the house and wrap and pack a box or two. Ask them to do this ahead of time. Do not surprise them with your request after they eat.
11. Set a date for the move and rent the U-Haul moving van. Make sure that you get or buy Insurance for the move. No matter how carefully the van is packed or how slowly the van is driving, an accident can happen. Better to be insured then sorry. The last time I moved by using professional movers, they badly scratched my beautiful Baby Grand Piano and when I noticed the damage I literally cried. It was insured and they took care of the cost for repairs. This is one of the reasons that I feel that moving is the pits!
12. Get ready to move. Moving a local distance is not as bad as moving from state to state. However, no one likes to move but at times we find ourselves having to do it even though we absolutely know that moving is the pits.
Source: My own experiences