Moving Week: Day 1

WGC isn't going anywhere! These are just tips and tricks for moving!

I'm taking over the blog this week to tell you all something about I've been meaning to blog about for 6 months.

When we moved back in September we had been in our home for five years, we were very close to our neighbors, we had outgrown our house and were looking to move in town. Oh and did I mention I had never moved before? My parents moved when I was a baby to the house I grew up in and I moved myself out to college and then in to our little first house when we got married but I had never moved houses (at least that I could remember ;) ) 

I was very nervous. I researched moving on Pinterest and got tricks from our family and friends. Luckily my husband's family moved around many times growing up so he had some tricks of his own. 

To start our week off we're going to talk about supplies and labeling.

  1. Boxes: 

  • Try your hardest to get boxes that are the same size. Moving boxes come in pretty standard sizes. We were lucky that my husband's brother worked at a local fast food restaurant and we got the majority of our boxes from there. Same size boxes are much easier to pack in a truck. 
  • Other places to get boxes are on Craigslist- you have to be quick to get the ones that are free, or purchasing them at places like U-haul or a home improvement store. U-haul boxes are nice because you can buy a bunch and if you buy too many you can return the extras. 
  • Make sure your boxes are sturdy and have not spent too much time in hot or cold weather or been exposed to water. 
  • Tape the bottom of boxes that will be heavy multiple times to make sure they can withstand the weight.
2. Tape:
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  • Name brand tape will always to be easier to use but I also used quite a bit of the Target brand's tape and we were happy with it. We went through about 6 rolls of tape for our 1100 sq. ft home with three people.
  • Use a hand held dispenser. They save a ton of time. The one pictured above is the one we have.
3. Permanent Markers: I found the best ones were the retractable ones to I never misplaced a cap. I used 3 markers until they were dry
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4. Labels: I used a system that I thought was very organized but my husband thought was a little over-the-top. I used white labels like this
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and added colored tape
to label each box. I drew a map of each room of the house (more about this on Wednesday) and numbered each box on the yellow. Blue meant the box was heavy, red meant the box was fragile, and an orange X meant it needed to be last in and first out. Packing took a little extra time but unpacking the truck took very little time. Here is a picture of PB helping me label boxes. You can see what the labels looked like here.

5.Moving supplies bag: I used a gallon sized bag to keep my extra tape, markers, labels, scissors, to-do lists, and anything else needed for moving in one central location. 

What supplies did you have find useful while moving?

Come back tomorrow for Pinterest suggestions I tried out!

Day 2- Pinterest Ideas I tried out

Day 3- General Tips and Tricks

Day 4- Preparing Your House for Showings

Day 5- Leaving Behind Your Home and Neighbors


Kristen said...

Well I'm hopeful that my next move won't be for about 20 years or so, when my boys are grown up and living on their own, but I think your tips are super helpful. I love the tape coding system!

Brave Brooke said...

Thanks, Kristen! I'll go a little more in depth about it on Wednesday and explain it a little better :)

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