Try as I might to be that easy, breezy go-with-the-flow let fate handle my destiny, when it comes to certain major life events I morph into full-on Jewish mom leave no stone unturned, anticipate EVERY SINGLE THING that could possibly go wrong, ring my hands till they start to chap and PLAN like my life depends on it. This was definitely the case when several years ago I had to move the contents of my entire life from my Brooklyn apartment to my new house on Staten Island while six months pregnant. I learned several things during that monumental experience the biggest of which was to never ever let my husband take the reins of a major life event again. In other words, I likely would have hired a company like Roadway Moving who I am CONFIDENT unlike the company my husband hired would NOT have gotten lost for THREE HOURS getting from Brooklyn to Staten Island.
Clearly my Jewish mom worry radar was not in full effect at the time (which I blame on my then pregnancy brain). Of course now that I have fully embraced my Jewish mom-ness ( I have been in the trenches for a solid 14 years) if I had to pack up my Staten Island home and do another LOCAL MOVE I’ve put together 10 Moving Tips that even my own Jewish mom would approve of- i.e.- they involve planning for all the potential disasters that COULD happen ( as every good neurotic Jewish mom like me does on a daily basis!)
1. Get the right supplies ready and in large enough quantity. Packing tape, packing tape and packing tape did I mention packing tape. Make sure you have Strong boxes, bubble wrap or newspaper to pack glassware, labels or a black marker to label your items that have been packed as well as a scissor and box cutter. In fact make sure to use permanent marker. Yes this Jewish mom did NOT use permanent marker and therefore had to muddle through many a smudged label!
2. Pack a first day’s essentials box or several boxes which will include meal prep or utensils, unpacking, cleaning and hygiene items that you will need the first day or night you are in the new home. Also keep one or two days of clothes and pajamas in one box or suitcase to avoid needing to go into the sea of boxes for essentials on the first one or two days. Keep your laptop and work essentials separate to avoid digging into boxes for the next day of work after the move. (This was a no-brainer for this Jewish mom who actually packed an ENTIRE suitcase of stuff just for our first night in our new house– and stockpiled extra toilet paper!)
3. When it comes to packing valuables, fragile heirlooms and items that require additional security or special access are better kept in your personal vehicle during a move.
4. Put heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items like towels or linens in larger boxes. Make sure the boxes are packed without space so that items will not be shifting during lifting and moving. Be careful when packing heavy items in large boxes that may be too heavy or the box may even break during the move. Of course if you can get a moving company like Roadway which will deliver every kind of box you can conceive of to accommodate your packing needs prior to your move well THAT IS a Jewish mom’s DREAM come true!
5. Label Label Label. Label each box with the room it will be going in and a short description of its contents. You can also color code each room and put the corresponding color on that room’s door to make loading the boxes into the new house easier. This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box which will make your packing efficient and your unpacking easier without having to go from room to room with items. Make sure labels are on the sides of boxes because they may be stacked.
6. Pack dishes on their sides, wrap each dish with paper or bubble wrap and then wrap them together in groups of 5 or 6 together with more paper around them and bunch paper in the box to avoid any movement in the box. ( of course if you can hire a company like Roadway Moving to help you with the packing well that is the GOLD STANDARD!)
7. It may be easier to avoid packing and unpacking your closet by using garment boxes which hang clothes an just rehang them in your new closets on the same hangers as they are on in the current house.
8. When it comes to packing shoes you will want to keep and wear in your new destination don’t just throw them in the bottom of a box, air them out prior to the move and put powder in to minimize moisture and mold formation. Wrap your shoes in tissues, paper towels or newspaper and return them to the original boxes if you have them for the move. If you are moving hanging things you can move your shoes on a closet shoe hanger.
9. You can cut down on boxes by using all your suitcases, hampers and laundry bins packed with items and clothes. Of course you can basically leave EVERYTHING to Roadway Moving if you choose their White gloves Moving Services!
10. When moving electronics and computers it is best to pack them in their original box, color code or number the ports for easy reconnection, take a picture of the original connections to help you reconnect in the new house. Pack ink or toner in a separate sealable container or package. Seal each box and label it fragile and which end is up. If you can write down instructions how to reassemble electronics.
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This post is part of a sponsored conversation with Roadway Moving but as is always the case all opinions expressed are my own!