The Ashley Maria Blog: 5 Tips for Moving

Saturday, March 9, 2019

5 Tips for Moving

As promised a few weeks ago, I wanted to share with you some of the tips I have learned from moving over the years. Although I have moved a few times within the last couple of years, this by far is my biggest one.
My Past Moves:
2010- From my college apartment back to my parents house
2013- From my parents house to a small apartment with my friend Amy
2014- From the apartment into Joe's apartment
2015- From our two bedroom apartment to our first house
2019- From our first house to our NEW home

Tip # 1: HIRE MOVERS

I've never hired movers before, but this time it was a no brainer. We are moving from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fully furnished home and basement.  Every room has large pieces of furniture and we just knew we wouldn't be able to do it alone. We got three to four quotes from companies and finally decided on one with the best pricing and insurance (which I think it a must!!).  


Tip # 2: LABEL EVERYTHING
I purchased these labels and it made everything so much easier. On the labels you can mark how many boxes of each you have.. in case one goes missing! Besides the labels, I did add onto the boxes a little description as to what was in (example: good dishes, hand towels, under the sink products). I just knew that I would not be opening every box the day after moving, so at least with the labels, we can get into the necessary boxes. The day of moving, I color coated a sheets to let the movers and those helping know which room was which! 



Tip # 3: MAKE A LIST OF VALUABLE ITEMS 

This kinda goes along with the labeling of everything, but say you have something you are looking for, you can go to your master list and see what box exactly it is in. If you want to be real excessive, you can write down literally everything in a box, but I generalized (example: BEDROOM: box 4 of 10 has candle holders, candles and wall decor.)

Tip # 4: USE SIX PACK CARRIERS FOR GLASSWARE

Joe works for a beer wholesaler, so we tend to have a lot of both glasses and six pack carriers in the house. Last time we moved, I thought of the idea of using these instead of wrapping up every dang piece of glass. This won't work for all glasses, especially those with big bottoms like wine glasses, but for pint it works perfect. I was able to put four of my good glassware in each carrier and then stuck other things in the remaining two slots (example, shot glasses, wine openers, etc) This may not save you space, but will def save you time, and will stop from the glasses clanking together and potentially breaking!


Tip # 5: SAVE BOXES AND USE WARDROBE BOXES

Every time you receive an amazon box or something shipped through the mail that is a significant size, save it! Boxes are expensive to just end up being thrown out or recycled anyway after your move. Thankfully, the company I work for harbors lots of boxes in our warehouse, so I got all different sizes. We did however purchase wardrobe boxes and they are a game changer. We purchased them last time we moved as well and they made moving our clothes so much easier. I also got these for our plates and bowls and they saved a lot of time not having to wrap each one up!


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