Moving your belongs to a new place can be a tiring task. You’re probably going to have to give up a few weekends, go through a couple of stressful arguments with your partner and you’re going to end up owing somebody a big favour for giving you a hand. But shifting all of your stuff from one place to another doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Professional removalists can make things a lot easier and give you time to focus on the the more important business. But getting your friend Gary to bring over his van with the Led Zepplin mural spray painted onto the side can be just as effective.
Let’s look at some tips to make house moving easier on you and Gary.
Label everything (colour code it, too)
Buy different coloured tape so that you don’t have to waste time writing in big, bold, thick letters. Colour coding allows you to know which boxes belong together quickly. This will save you a lot of time while unloading.
Most friends like you enough to listen to you talk about your ability to understand cat’s thoughts, but aren’t particularly interested in spending 72 hours helping you move heavy boxes from one place to another, more distant place. The best kind of friendship is an incentivized friendship. Offer your friends food and alcohol in exchange for their labour and they might not disown you.
Prepare a mixtape.
The moving process is a process that is capable of triggering unexpected drops in morale. Counteract that with a well-planned mixtape of songs that are alternately soothing and inspiring. Get everybody excited with Billy Joel’s Moving Out and end hilariously by playing a song that articulates your old home’s feelings like If You Leave Me Now by Chicago.
Schedule plenty of breaks.
Schedule half hour breaks even when you don’t expect to use them. If you’re getting tired, you can head to the local milk bar and grab a Blue Heaven milkshake for the team, or have a terrifying panic attack over moving into a new place and leaving behind everything you’ve ever known. Leaving open non-specific breaks allows you to relax and move ahead on time.
Set aside a box for op shop donations
You should have already gone through your belongings and had a good, hard think about what you do and don’t need. But you probably kept a whole lot of stuff you don’t need anyway, didn’t you? Well, now is your chance to tighten up your criteria and be a little more ruthless. As you start to run out of room it will get easier for you to throw your five VHS copies of Labyrinth into a box to be taken away forever.
Wrap fragile objects in your clothing
Making use of space well is the key to a good moving experience. Use your clothes to pack up fragile objects like electrical devices and ceramics.
Photograph your setups
Nobody knows how to plug in a computer or television, it’s just a long process of trial and error. Take a photo of the back of your computer and television before you move so you have something to refer to when you set things back up in your new place.
Prepare a backpack
The moment you get things to an acceptable state, you’re going to throw in the towel and pass out without opening a single box. Moving places is exhausting, so it’s a good idea to pack your essentials into a bag. That way, you can get a good night’s rest before tackling the second half of your ordeal; unpacking.
Decide on a final object
Set aside a singe task that will mark the end of your moving process. This might be the hanging of a cross stich that says ‘Homie Sweet Homie’ or the placement of a small wooden duck on your windowsill. Whatever you choose, make it a simple symbolic act that marks the end of your job. It’s good to have a concrete way of deciding that you’ve successfully completed the moving process.
Moving is a big job, and it’s often easier to pay a professional to do it. They are fast, efficient and careful. Call Taskforce on 13TASK to arrange a quote today.