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how to pack for a big move
by Yee-Fan Sun |
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Before you seal up any box, try lifting it to make sure you can
carry it without incurring bodily harm. As a rough guide, consider
that fifty pounds is really about the maximum that's comfortable
for most folks to carry.
remember: bend your knees when you lift, not your back, unless you
really want to incapacitate yourself.
Last but not least:
label and log. Every box should boast its own unique number and a
label to indicate what room it belongs in; if a box contains
breakables, you'll also want to scrawl a great big FRAGILE note on
the box so you (or whoever's heaving the box from one spot to the
next) remember to treat it with extra special care. In your
notebook (or Excel spreadsheet), make a column for the box number,
a column for the room, and a column for listing contents.
True, it's anal
retentive to the core. But it'll make your post-move life heaps
easier if you just take a little care to take notes and label
properly while you're packing all your stuff away. You'll thank
yourself when you're at your new pad nursing a serious craving for
a smoothie, and realize you can just look at your list and figure
out exactly which of your forty boxes contains the blender.
move-in survival kit
Pack a move-in survival kit and label it UNPACK FIRST. It
should be the last thing that goes into your car/moving
truck (assuming you're hauling it yourself; if you're hiring
someone to drive your goods, make sure to keep this survival
kit box with you). Stuff you might want to include:
- bedding so you
can get a good night's sleep after the big move
- a few plates,
cups and utensils (consider disposables, as you'll be
busy enough with the move-in that the last thing you'll
want to do is wash up the dirty dishes)
essentials, such as toilet paper, soap, and shampoo
products, such as vacuum, broom, dustpan and brush, rags
- a few changes
Take the time to pack properly
and you'll find that moving isn't nearly as chaotic as you might expect.
Yup, a little organization as you're packing will ensure that once you
finally arrive at your new pad, getting the new digs set up will be a
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