When you are moving you basically get all your stuff from one place to another, right? Pile it in...high and wide...and head out down the road! Well, not necessarily...Here are a few tips, to dos (and not!) and ideas to help you make the best choices as you load up and go!
Boxes and Packed Items - These should go in a truck first. Packing as many "like" boxes together and stacking them as high as SAFELY can be stacked. Heaviest boxes on the bottom--unless packed with fragile items. Stacking these really close and tight helps keep them from moving around and makes the best use of the spaces as possible.
Large Appliances - First and foremost, whether you are doing all your own loading yourself or paying someone to do it, DO YOUR RESEARCH if you are loading big appliances to go with you. Some may need to have pieces/parts removed (or secured--some washing machines are this way) while others may need to be transported straight up and down and never on their side (refrigerators for sure!). They are YOUR appliances. You need to be sure how they are supposed to be taken care of. If you have movers, most are experienced in how to move appliances (generally speaking) however, you may have one that requires special care. Just like you need to know your own kids and how they operate, you need to know how your appliances need to travel. Then you can spot if someone starts to load it wrong and correct it before the damage is done! Put these in after the boxes. They are bulky and take up space, as larger furniture items do. Try to fit them in together like a puzzle with no scooting area if possible. Do you like Tetris? Think of putting the big items in like that!
Glass, Breakable Antiques and Large Wall Hangings - Make sure all glass that can be removed from furniture is and that it is wrapped correctly. Also, using large packing blankets (or some of your own if you are doing it all) to wrap delicate antiques or other fragile pieces of furniture or art. This will help lower the chance of something happening. Load these items in safe spaces where something won't fall on them. If you have enough padding, some of these things can be tucked in some areas and be kept from moving too much--if at all.
Living Things (Plants, Pets and People) - All of this precious cargo does NOT GO IN THE BACK OF A MOVING TRUCK! I know we all know this about our pets and our kids (or Grandma) but some of us (me) might not think that 10 hours in a truck will hurt any plants...in the winter....when it's bitter cold..... (still bitter myself about losing so many plants!). If you want your plants to survive, carry what you can in your vehicle with you and your family (and pets) and if you don't have the space, then give some away to a friend who would enjoy having them. Some people would really appreciate the gesture and you won't have to be sad when you see your African violet all wilty and dark...(like I said...it's been 25 years and I still feel horrible about those plants!). As far as people and pets go...well, you know if your kids need car seats (or not) and you know that you might need a carrier for Fido or Felix so they feel safe on the trip. As far as Grandma goes, she gets to ride shot gun if she so chooses!
If there is anything I have missed and you are unsure of how to pack it, GOOGLE is a great tool to look things up. If you are using movers, ask ahead of time what the best way is to pack something you cherish. That way, you and all your precious STUFF will arrive safely to your destination...at least you will have done YOUR part!
A few more weeks and I am going to be moving...on to a new topic! Actually, I am also going to be MOVING again as well! There are still a few things I hope you will find useful in the next few weeks before I tackle another subject.