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Whether you're moving into the house of your dreams or simply to a new apartment across town, the process can be daunting. I've been there, recently, and I'm only now recovering from the exhaustion of it all. Along the way, I learned some of the major DOs and DON'Ts related to moving, and I'm going to share them with all of you!

 

1. Simplify

Now's the time to go through your stuff and weed out the extras. Throw away any trash that might be lingering in your junk drawers. Give away anything you no longer use to friends or donate to a local charity (some will come and pick up your items from you!).

A good place to start? Give your closet a long, hard look to see where you can pare down. Fewer things to move equals fewer headaches.

 

2. Sell

What you don't trash or donate, you should consider selling in a yard sale. Check to see if your community organizes any neighborhood-wide sales, which can help with getting more traffic to your location. Otherwise, use sites like Craigslist or even local Facebook boards to unload your items and earn some cash to help with your moving expenses.

3. Make a List

Everyday life can get rather hectic when all your stuff starts piling up in boxes. So, prepare yourself by making a list of what you need to accomplish during your move. This list might include any appointments you have, bills that need to be paid, or other obligations. Also put a couple moving-related points on there like changing your address with USPS or ordering checks and other necessities with your new number on them. Hang your list on the refrigerator so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

4. Start Early

As soon as we knew we'd be moving, I started packing. I packed away everything nonessential and even slimmed down my wardrobe to 10 simple, mix and match pieces. By packing early, you eliminate a lot of mess and everyday cleaning that would otherwise need to happen on top of all the other things you're doing. Designate one room in your house or apartment for boxes if you can, and pile them tall.

5. Pack a Bag

Likewise, once you've determined what your essential items are, get a backpack or overnight bag out that you'll reserve for the move itself. You'll want these items handy when everything else in your life is in boxes. Our large suitcase contained a change of clothes, pajamas, personal care items, important documents, our laptop, and some other valuables.

6. Set Time Aside

I rather cavalierly thought we'd be able to pack our entire home in a couple hours each evening for a few days. Boy, was I wrong. Especially if you have children, it's important to set aside dedicated time for packing — preferably when your little one is being taken care of elsewhere. Not only is a half-packed home dangerous for young kids (lots of choking hazards hanging around), but it's also nearly impossible to finish everything you need to do.

7. Reserve

If you plan to rent a moving truck, reserve it as early as you have your move date. We learned the hard way that vans get scheduled quickly, and if you live in a smaller area — it can be hard, if not impossible, to find alternatives. Also be sure to check your local paper or the company's website for any deals they might be running. And read all the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.

8. Organize

When it comes to packing, don't toss everything in a box. Come up with an organization method that works for you. Maybe you pack all your office items in one box or all your dinnerware in another. Label the boxes clearly — including which boxes contain fragile items and even which box goes into what room — so when you arrive at your new digs, there's no guesswork involved.

9. Hunt Around

And speaking of boxes, don't immediately go out and buy brand new cardboard. Check grocery and big box stores for sizes big and small that will be recycled. We were able to get all the boxes we needed for our move with a few trips to a grocery store across town. Call ahead before making any big trips to see if the store offers its boxes to the public. Before you recycle them after the move, see if you can pay it forward to a friend.

10. Think Outside the Box

Better yet, pack what you can without the use of boxes. Suitcases can hold a good number of your clothes, tote bags can carry stuffed animals and other soft items, zip bags can house small items, and laundry bins are golden. You can even keep your clothes in the dresser drawers, just remove them while moving the dresser itself to lighten the load.

11. Repurpose

If you run out of packing material (bubble wrap, newspaper, etc.), use towels, socks, and even old plastic grocery bags to help cushion delicate items. You can use paper plates to cradle fragile china. I even used a couple pillows and big blankets to keep our television and other electronics safe from dings and dents during their travels.

12. Dig Deep

Reach into the far back of your pantries and freezers to use up any last bits of food you have hiding. It's best to keep fresh food purchases to a minimum in the week before your move to eliminate any waste that might occur in transit. Plus, there's nothing more gratifying than filling up your new refrigerator with a stock of fresh groceries.

13. Incentivize

For basic moves, you might need a few more hands. Invite your friends over and offer pizza and beer (or a quinoa bake and herbal tea — you get the idea) for their efforts. As much as moving is hard work, the whole thing is made much more pleasant when you spend the time with friends and family. And while you're at it, make sure that everything is ready to move when they arrive so no one is standing around awkwardly waiting.

14. Hire Help

For very large or tricky items (think pianos!), you might want to consider hiring movers. Did you know you don't need to contract them move all your stuff? Call and arrange for a quote for just the biggest, heaviest, and otherwise trickiest pieces of furniture. You may save yourself some money this way, as well as hold onto potential dollars you otherwise sink into medical bills or replacement items that are damaged by your amateur schlepping techniques.

12. Dig Deep

Reach into the far back of your pantries and freezers to use up any last bits of food you have hiding. It's best to keep fresh food purchases to a minimum in the week before your move to eliminate any waste that might occur in transit. Plus, there's nothing more gratifying than filling up your new refrigerator with a stock of fresh groceries.

13. Incentivize

For basic moves, you might need a few more hands. Invite your friends over and offer pizza and beer (or a quinoa bake and herbal tea — you get the idea) for their efforts. As much as moving is hard work, the whole thing is made much more pleasant when you spend the time with friends and family. And while you're at it, make sure that everything is ready to move when they arrive so no one is standing around awkwardly waiting.

14. Hire Help

For very large or tricky items (think pianos!), you might want to consider hiring movers. Did you know you don't need to contract them move all your stuff? Call and arrange for a quote for just the biggest, heaviest, and otherwise trickiest pieces of furniture. You may save yourself some money this way, as well as hold onto potential dollars you otherwise sink into medical bills or replacement items that are damaged by your amateur schlepping techniques.

12. Dig Deep

Reach into the far back of your pantries and freezers to use up any last bits of food you have hiding. It's best to keep fresh food purchases to a minimum in the week before your move to eliminate any waste that might occur in transit. Plus, there's nothing more gratifying than filling up your new refrigerator with a stock of fresh groceries.

13. Incentivize

For basic moves, you might need a few more hands. Invite your friends over and offer pizza (or a quinoa bake and herbal tea — you get the idea) for their efforts. As much as moving is hard work, the whole thing is made much more pleasant when you spend the time with friends and family. And while you're at it, make sure that everything is ready to move when they arrive so no one is standing around awkwardly waiting.

14. Hire Help

For very large or tricky items (think pianos!), you might want to consider hiring Ray’s Movers Inc. Did you know you don't need to contract them move all your stuff? Call and arrange for a quote for just the biggest, heaviest, and otherwise trickiest pieces of furniture. You may save yourself some money this way, as well as hold onto potential dollars you otherwise sink into medical bills or replacement items that are damaged by your amateur schlepping techniques.

15. Make Time

If it's at all possible, try to get some overlapping dates for your move. For example, explore the idea of pre-possession or post-possession if you're buying a home. Many lawyers don't love drafting up the extra paperwork involved, but we got pre-possession of our home for an extra two days and it made a huge difference. Just FYI: You'll need to arrange for insurance coverage and cover utilities during this time, among a few other considerations that your agent can help walk you through.

 

By Ray's Movers & Storage Inc., Mar 10 2016 06:15PM


Pack an overnight bag with all you essentials

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries.


In addition to labeling what is inside your boxes, also list what room they will be going into

When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. The unpacking process will feel more manageable, and remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked


Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.

This will keep your toiletries from leaking all over your stuff during the move.




By Ray's Movers & Storage Inc., Mar 2 2016 02:38PM

Ray's Movers Inc

& Storage

6490 Broadway

Merrillville,In 46410

219-922-1310

We can store it all Inside Heated or Outside or Covered Outside

Car, Truck, RV & Boat Storage or what ever you need to store

Month to month or all year

Over 70,000 sf of indoor storage, 15,000 sf Covered Storage & 6 acres of outdoor storage!

Fenced - Gated - Secure

Open 5 Days a Week 7:00 - 5:00 weekends by appointment

Heated Storage -

Any type vehicle*$10.00/month/foot

Overhead doors are 13'9" tall and 12' wide

Loading docks

Motorcycle $30.00/month

Outdoor Storage-

15' or less$25.00/ Month

16' to 20' $35.00/ Month

21' to 25'$45.00/ Month

26' to 30'$55.00/ Month

31' to 35'$65.00/ Month

36' to 40'$75.00/ Month

Covered Outdoor Add $20.00/ Month

Give Us A Call.

We Can Store It All.

219-922-1310

800-762-6508

Crated Warehouse Heated Storage for furniture $50.00/ Month

Average Crate Size 8'x8'x5'

By Ray's Movers & Storage Inc., Feb 22 2016 08:13PM

*Utilities should be turned off in your current home one day after your move-out date. It is helpful if utilities in your new home are turned on one day before your move-in date.

*Dispose of all flammable items that can't be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).

*See if you have accumulated anything else in your "donate," "pitch," or "sell" piles. After more packing, you may have additional items to donate and should have one last pickup by your chosen charity, if needed.

*Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.

*Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation.

*Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.

*Check in with your moving company one last time and confirm that everyone is on the same page. Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.

*Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.

*Celebrate the memories you've made in your home and get ready to start a new chapter in your life.

We will be there to help you along the way in any way we can.

By Ray's Movers & Storage Inc., Jan 26 2016 06:55PM

We are now in our NEW location 6490 Broadway Merrillville, Indiana 46410.

We have a much larger facility better to accommodate all you storage needs.

We now offer inside and outside storage for your Automobile, Boat, RV, and for just about anything else. Give us a call @ 2199221310

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