After we completed our move from the east coast to the west coast I realized there were many lessons learned from moving. The most important lesson learned was to be organized. Since our move involved putting our belongings into storage while we looked for a new house it was imperative that I knew what boxes would be put into storage and what boxes we would want in our little apartment.
To solve this problem we marked all the boxes going into the apartment with red duct tape. These boxes were set aside so when the movers came to pack us up it was obvious what boxes needed to be kept separate. Even with the red duct tape we had several boxes that ended up in the storage unit that should have been in our apartment!
Make a list of what is in each box. I had a master list of all of our boxes and made a notation as to what was in each box. Ideally I would suggest making a detailed list inside each box. The more information you can put down the easier it will be when unpacking.
Unfortunately I fell short on this aspect. I did label each box with what was in the box. However sometimes I just wrote “Misc. Kitchen” or “Books”. When it came to unpacking and I would be looking for something it was not always easy to find. Remember the more information you can jot down the better it will be when it comes time to unpack.
If you are packing the boxes yourself make sure you wrap things well. I knew our belongings would be making a long cross-country journey and then going into storage before finally being moved to our new home. The boxes would be touched several times and stacked for both moving and storage. I made sure that everything was wrapped well and I used bubble wrap and packing peanuts for extra cushioning. As a result we have not had a single broken item in all that moving!
Before packing go through everything and take a hard look at what you are planning to move. We spent three years sorting though our belongings and getting rid of stuff. We sold things and passed items along to friends and still we ended up moving too much. This move involved downsizing so we moved into a smaller home that what we previously lived in.
Despite all the de-cluttering we did we still have items that we wonder, “Why did we move this?” Having the majority of our belongings in storage for seven months made us realize just how little we can live with.
Less is more, is probably the most important of the lessons learned from moving! We do not need all the stuff we thought we did. Yes certain items bring back wonderful memories, take a picture of the item instead of packing it and moving it. I think we’ll spend the next few years sorting through everything once again and de-cluttering.
We are thankful to once again be settled in our home. The move went well, no major issues or broken belongings. The lessons learned from moving were many and hopefully the few I shared will help you if you are making a move.