So, it’s been about a thousand years since my last post. The past four months have been a blur. Some days it feels like it flew by; other days it feels like I put my house on the market 100 years ago.
My house officially went on the market on February 19. Because my agent is a rock star (check out Shandi White if you are buying or selling in the Birmingham area!), my house was under contract in less than 2 months. The next 2 and a half weeks just about drove me into alcoholism due to the fact that I had yet to find a new house to move into. The fear of being homeless is one I hope to never experience again! At the beginning of May I found a place and was under contract and scheduled to close on both homes at the end of May. May was a blur of boxes, packing tape, labels, inspections, paperwork, and many missed appointments by contractors. I have decided that my life’s mission is to form a charity that supplies calendars and watches for all members of the home services industries. Of all the folks I dealt with during the buying and selling, only one person showed up on the scheduled day at the scheduled time. Shout out to Wayne’s Environmental Services in Trussville, AL!
The big day finally arrived on June 8. MOVING DAY! I was bright eyed and bushy tailed by 5:30 am in anticipation of the movers arriving around 8:30. Due to the combination of my detailed spreadsheets, schedules, time lines, to-do lists, and the fact that the closings had been delayed by one full week, I had absolutely nothing to do for those 3 hours except wait for the roar of the moving truck out front.
They arrived right on time (shout out to RoadRunner Movers out of Cahaba Heights) and we had my entire house packed up on that truck and pulling out of my driveway in less than 2 hours. Getting the truck unloaded at the new house was a bigger task due to two sets of stairs and a basement garage, but the guys were on their way to their next gig by 2 in the afternoon. I could write a 10 page blog post with all my tips and tricks for moving, but I wanted to point out a few that the movers applauded me on that they had never encountered before but said saved a ton of time and energy.
If you’ve paid attention while roaming the aisles of your local office supply store, you will see that decorative packing tape is a new trend.
I scooped up all of them I could find as soon as I started packing. This allowed me to distinguish which rooms my packed boxes belonged in. As I packed up each room of the old house, I would put a piece of the decorative tape on each box, piece of furniture, and any other random items belonging to that room.
For all items in the office, I used a red, white, and blue stripe (to match my US flag hanging on the wall…because my OCD is just that deep).
For the garage, I used a lime green solid.
For the kitchen, I used a red floral.
For the master bedroom & bathroom I used a hot pink polka-dot.
For all the miscellaneous décor, I used a teal graphic.
I chose them all to be quite different so that there would be no confusion. At the new house, I had poster board as soon as you walked in the front door with the tape and directions as to where to find that room and also had the tape across the appropriate door.
As the movers pulled the boxes and items off the truck, they simply looked to see what pattern the packing tape was and reference the poster board to know where it belonged. This allowed me to unpack and tend to things I needed to do during the moving process instead of standing by the door directing the three guys as to what room to go to. And it alleviated the situation where at the end of the day I had to move boxes in and out of rooms that got dropped in the wrong spot. I think the movers thought I was insane when I described the process at the beginning of the day, but by the end of the move they were on my team!
Garbage Bag Hanging Clothes
When I called to set up the movers, I was told that there was no need for me to pack up all of my hanging clothes; the truck had a rack and the clothes could simply be moved from my closets into the truck. I was pleased to hear this, but knew it wouldn’t be quite that simple. I was afraid of clothes slipping off the hangers as they were being moved and God knows what kind of dirt and gunk would be in the truck that may get on my clothes. So I took my hanging clothes and packed them within regular kitchen garbage bags without taking them off the hangers.
The bags protected the clothes, and by wrapping the drawstring handles around the tops of the clothes hanger, everything stayed together and could easily be transferred to and from the truck with no lost or damaged items. As a bonus, I accidentally purchased the garbage bags scented with Febreeze, so once I removed all the garbage bags my clothes smell fresh from the dryer!
Glass Divider Boxes
My last tip is not a new one I came up with. But I HIGHLY recommend you splurging on the cardboard glassware inserts that can purchased at Home Depot and Lowes.
I’m waaaaaaay too cheap to spend money on cardboard boxes that will be used once and then tossed away, but I did make a special trip to Home Depot to purchase a box with the glass dividers. In past moves, packing up all the glassware in a way that they didn’t get broken was a pain and inevitably at least one piece got broken. With the dividers, it took all of 5 seconds to pack up every glass I owned and there were no casualties at the end of the day. Well worth the $10 or so I spent.
So, if you are planning a move in the future, use these three tips and I promise your big day will go by much more easily!
Now that I’m all moved into my new place, I have all new organizing projects to work on. So be on the lookout for lots more posts coming!