After months of searching, I have bought my own piece of Maine paradise! This new home and land will enable me to focus more on the foodie production process in the blog (with a bit of home-related topics thrown in for good measure.)
This week is focused on packing, getting the small stuff moved and getting contractors in the new house to handle a few small matters before the movers come to handle the big stuff this weekend. It’s going to be a long week, but I wanted to take a few moments to pass along some of my favorite moving tips and tricks.
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1. Tape–lots of tape
Some might disagree with me here, but the more tape you use on the bottom of your boxes means your boxes will stay together and take the unintended abuse that happens to every box during a move. Three strips on the bottom will hold them together!
2. Color Coded Labels
Make your life easier and invest in pre-printed color coded moving labels. Then, don’t put them on the top of your boxes where they will be hidden when all your boxes are stacked….put them on the side where you can see them!
Update: My movers raved over the ease of unpacking the truck and knowing exactly where things went. It actually sped up the process, and since I was paying by the hour it saved me money!
3. Plastic Wrap
It’s not just for the kitchen–although you will use it a lot to pack your kitchen! Wrap your knife block and knives as a unit so all you have to do is cut the plastic and set in place in your new home. Lift your tray of silverware from your drawer and wrap it as well!
Besides wrapping all your loose kitchen sundries, wrap that mattress frame together, or the bin of legos, or…. the possibilities are endless! (That is, until you run out of plastic wrap!)
4. Towels Do Not Belong Together
Towels of all sorts are your friend when packing. Don’t miss out on their beautiful friendship by folding them up and putting them in the same box. Towels are your possession and money-saving friends. Wrap everything you can with your soft and protective towels!
5. First Night Boxes
Always make sure you have everything you need for the first night in your fabulous new place. Sheets, pillows, a change of clothes, toiletries, a fabulous meal to share (or an intriguing take-out menu you’ve downloaded off the internet) and something to toast to your new home with are always a good idea. Putting this all in one or two specifically labeled boxes will make that first night in your new home the easiest part of your complicated and exhausting day!
Most importantly, Enjoy Your New Home! I know I will!