It’s moving season all around the world, so I thought I would share some Tried and True Moving Tips with you today. When I was a kid, we always moved at this time of year. My dad was in the Air Force and we generally moved at the end of the school year. Actually, although I never went to the same school 2 years in a row until high school, I can’t remember ever starting school after the new year started. As an adult, I have moved so many times that if I’m someplace too long, I get antsy to move. Anyone else like that?
We are getting ready to move right now and since we are moving overseas for a period of time, we will be storing the majority of our household goods in Idaho. Since we don’t know where we will be going after this job coming up, we won’t know what we need to take to the next job. For this reason, and number one on my list of Tried and True Moving Tips is to label your boxes in detail. Seriously, this will save you so much time in the future when you’re looking for something specific.
For this particular move, I have been packing in four separate categories, which is tricky at best. I have the stuff I’m taking with me on this move to Martinique and those things are all in big black bins. I have the stuff for donation and those are going in bins that don’t have lids anymore. The last two categories are the things that go into storage. One of the categories is things that we don’t want to get rid of, but that aren’t necessities either, like the good dishes or pictures from the walls. The last category are things that we will need to pick up if we travel in the United States for work. All of those boxes have stickers, like the box pictured above. The colors don’t mean anything, they just make those boxes easy to identify.
My second tip on my Tried and True Moving Tips list is that if you are renting your home out to someone else, as we are, give your house a good cleaning before you leave, including cleaning your carpets. You want your renters to have a good experience in your home. I was asked to try out the BISSELL® Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine and compare it to the Rug Doctor carpet cleaner and the timing was perfect for me because, as I said, I’m packing up to move and we will have renters in our house. I cleaned our carpets when we moved in a year ago and I’m a crazy clean person, so I wasn’t expecting to get a lot of dirt and yuck out of my carpet. Boy was I wrong.
I wasn’t sure if I would actually be able to run the machines because I have had both of my knees operated on in the last 4 months and they aren’t super strong yet. Well, the BISSELL® wasn’t hard to maneuver at all, so that was awesome. Plus, the handle was high enough that I didn’t have to bend to use it. Yay! On the other hand, the handle on the Rug Doctor was not high enough for me, I’m only 5’5″ and it was really hard for me to maneuver. Also, it was a lot noisier than the BISSELL®.
When it came to actual cleaning power, I felt like the BISSELL® did a lot better job than the Rug Doctor. It pulled a lot more nastiness out of my carpet. Our carpets are only about 2 years old, so there shouldn’t be that much junk. I was soooo wrong. Gross. Look at the picture in the lower right hand corner of the collage below. That is just the stuff that it pulled out of one room’s carpet. It’s about the size of a softball. Seriously. I shudder.
In this picture, I have cleaned the carpet on the wall side of the machine and the other side was not cleaned yet. It really looks a lot better. I can’t believe all the junk that was in the carpet.
My third tip is when you are getting moving boxes, get smaller boxes. This will prevent you from having too many really heavy boxes and it will make it easier to pack them into either a storage facility or a moving van. Also, get some inexpensive plastic bins to store your clothes and linens. Then when you pull them out, they will be clean and smell just like when you put them in the bin. True story. I’ve tested it.
My friend Candice was my photographer for the pictures that include me for this post. She was laughing at my face as I was trying to run the Rug Doctor in the picture below. It was hard to move. This is funny.
My fourth tip on my Tried and True Moving Tips list is to make your moving and cleaning as easy on yourself as possible. Rent the machine that will be easier for cleaning your carpets, recruit some great help, start packing early so you don’t get overwhelmed, etc. I’ve known about this move for a few months, so I started packing in February. I also knew I would be having these surgeries, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to be on my feet all day long for a while. Planning ahead is key.
My fifth tip is one I have been asked by a lot of people. Where do you start? Start with things you don’t use most of the time. Books that you don’t reference all the time, dishes that you don’t usually use, extra linens, winter clothes if it’s almost summer, etc.
My sixth tip is to spend some time having fun while you’re packing. Don’t make it all about the move. Go out to dinner or the movie, visit some friends, or whatever else you might like to do. Otherwise you will get stressed out in the process.
My seventh tip is to take a lot of pictures or video of your house before your renters move in so you have some proof of what everything looked like when you handed it over to them. You don’t want to find a mess and have no proof as to what the house looked like when you rented it.
My eighth tip and this is an important one, be sure your expectations are clear to renters. Things like if they can paint or not, have pets or not, have people not on the rental agreement stay with them, etc. Be sure they are all in writing.
My ninth tip is to be sure if you are using a storage place for your household items, get a big enough unit from the beginning. Another true story, we have had to get an extra unit before because we didn’t rent a big enough one from the get go and didn’t have time to move everything. That was right before we moved to China. It’s less expensive to get a bigger unit than to rent an extra one.
My tenth tip is to keep your eyes on the prize. By this I mean, when you’re working hard and you’re tired and sore, think of the adventure ahead of you, even if you might not be 100% in love with where you’re going. (I don’t really have that problem right now, but I haven’t always moved to places I wanted to go.) When you’re about to fall over from exhaustion, think of something amazing about your move and keep yourself going with that thought.
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