Simple Solutions: “Last In-First Out” Box

Simple Solutions: “Last In-First Out” Box

There are lots of little things you can do to help save your sanity during a move. Our favorite tip is to create a “Last In – First Out” Box.  This means that the last box placed on the moving truck will be the first box to come off.

Here’s what you might think about putting in your “LIFO” Box.

  • Are you a morning coffee junkie?  Make sure you have your coffee, coffeepot, cups and whatever else you need to get the day going.
  • Toiletries – we’re not talking about make-up! Don’t forget to have toilet tissue for each new bathroom, paper towels, hand soap, etc.
  • Are you a clean freak? You’ll need to include sanitizing wipes, paper towels, plastic gloves, etc.
  • Snacks – you may not be able to get to a store right away, so be sure to pack some non-perishable snacks that provide energy; think about nuts, dried fruit, and protein bars. If you’re not going far, have a couple of pieces of fresh fruit on hand. Last but not least, make sure you have some bottled water with you.
  • Want to stay connected?  Some electronics may not be vital on move day or shortly after, but most of us will want to keep our cell phones charged and have access to the internet.  Pull out cell phone cords and any other necessary electronics so they are easy to find and access.

Simple Solutions: Color Coding by Room

Simple Solutions: Color Coding by Room

Organization plays a key role in reducing the stress of a move. One simple technique is to assign a color for each room in your new home.

Place these colored dots on the boxes to match the room they will be placed. When you get to the new home, have a large colored dot on each door/wall.  The movers will quickly know what room to place each box.

 

 

Want more information on color coding for an organized move?  Read our previous blog “An Organized Approach” to get a free color coding system download!

 

Simple Solutions: Always Have A Floorplan

Simple Solutions: Always Have A Floorplan

Make sure you have a floorplan for your new residence and put it to scale if you can.  Measure your furniture and then plan where each piece of furniture is going to be placed.  It is so easy, the only tools you need are:

  • 1/4 inch scale graph paper
  •   Tape measure
  •   Scratch paper
  •   Pencil (with an eraser!)
  •   Blank paper
  •   Ruler
  •   Scissors
  •   Tape

If you’ve hired a moving company that charges by the hour, your move will cost less if they know exactly where that piece of furniture is going to be located.  You can make this move go even faster if you number the floorplan pieces and then number the corresponding piece of furniture.  This way you will know exactly where that piece of furniture will be placed.  Want to simplify even more on move day?  Tape a copy of the floorplan to each door in the house – then everyone will be able to see and there will be no worries about the copy being lost in the shuffle!

Want to know more about floor planning and for a step-by-step instruction on creating a hand drawn floor plan? Read our blog article How To Draw A Floorplan by Hand.