Memorial day is upon us. While many of us choose to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom by drinking beer, sitting in the sun and gorging ourselves on meat, many of you have chosen it as the best weekend of the year to pack up your house and move to a new one. You’re probably the same person who walks by the bakery on the way to the gym. You must hate yourself.
But we love you! That’s why we’ve come up with these 5 tips to help you with your up coming move.
1. Master Plan – Gather everyone in your household and put together a master to do list. This includes the kids, the cat, the dog and your pet guinea pig that your children just had to have and promised to take care of forever not realizing that the expiration date on forever is measured in days, not years. Nobody gets a free pass on moving day.
2. Research and find vendors
3. Purging in 3 piles – Are you going to use your move as an excuse to upgrade your wardrobe or furnishings? Separate your items into 3 piles:
4. Keep important items with you – Keep your prized possessions close to you if at all possible. Your great-great-great grandmother’s wedding ring and your world record Rubik’s cube will grow legs during a move. Whenever possible keep items like that in your personal vehicle for the move to the new place.
Also you may want to make a box of important items that you’ll need immediately and keep it with you. Things like toiletries, cleaning supplies, medications and kitchen utensils. You may want to pack some snack foods away in there too to appease the kids or yourself. Man I love Animal Crackers.
5. Plan ahead – Whether it’s your rental truck, hiring a mover or ordering BungoBoxes, always try to plan ahead. Every item you can check off the list ahead of time is one less thing to try to stuff into the Friday before your weekend move date. Get some packing done ahead of time. We recommend getting your BungoBoxes at least 1 week ahead of your move date and most people will keep them 1 week after the move date to unpack. Also, plan ahead when trying to wrangle your friends and family into joining your weekend adventure. If you’re going to shame them into helping you move at least give them ample time to psych themselves up. While positive reinforcement goes a long way (“You’re really dropping my fragile items like a champ, Bob!”) don’t forget to plan ahead to take care of the pizza and beer needed to get through the day. Your helper’s will be a lot happier. It’s the law… and if it’s not, it should be.
If you find our tips helpful feel free to leave us a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and remember to take time out of your holiday weekend whether you’re moving or relaxing and give thanks to those who have given everything so that we can continue to enjoy this beautiful country of ours.