"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Darrell Royal
Question #92494 posted on 07/31/2019 4:57 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My husband and I are moving in a month. Any moving tips that you'd like to share with the world?

#DreadingIt

A:

Dear me a month ago,

  • Start now. Don't procrastinate.
  • Figure out how much space you'll have to move things in and start selling unwanted/too big furniture and household items. Facebook Marketplace seemed to be the most successful for me and minnow. Since we knew we were moving across the country in a car, we had to sell all our furniture, but since we started too late we ended up donating our couch to Goodwill *single tear*.
  • Keep out the cleaning supplies because you'll use them to clean at the end (or ask a friend if you can borrow their stuff on your last day).
  • Make a list of things you'll need during the last few days and be certain to leave them in a separate area. That way when you're packing up you won't feel stressed about accidentally packing something you'll need.
  • Plan on eating out the last few days, or eating only the food you have in your fridge and freezer.
  • I don't know where you stand on used stuff, but you can find amazing furniture, dishes, storage stuff, etc. from Goodwill and other thrift stores. One store I recently discovered is Habitat for Humanity ReStores. minnow and I were able to buy a bookcase, corner shelf, tv stand (which we converted from a dresser), and coffee table from there for about $35. So don't be too nervous about throwing things out/selling stuff (but definitely recycle or donate if possible!), but definitely check out the thrifting scene at the place you're moving to.
  • In addition to the last tip, see how often people move in and out. If it's a city, it's more likely that people are constantly moving and constantly selling their stuff for cheap. minnow and I got a pretty dang nice TV for $35 on Facebook Marketplace.
  • Use plastic bins instead of boxes. They hold their form better and you can always save them as storage/for the next time you move.
  • Research into laws in your new state (if you're moving to a new state). For example you need to register your car within 20 days of moving to California. This will save you some hassle and headache in the long run.

Best of luck!

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear you,

Start packing now, and feel free to throw away a lot.

~Anathema

A:

Dear friend,

I'm with Anathema. Start early, and throw a lot of things away, but also:

  • Label all of your boxes to make unpacking a breeze
  • Use storage boxes/hampers/bins to pack so you use fewer boxes
  • When dismantling furniture, place screws, bolts, and nails into a Ziploc bag and duct tape them to the furniture piece they belong with. Also, take pictures of how things are assembled to save yourself from the frustration later. 
  • Ask for help!

Good luck! I hope things go well and it doesn't end up being as bad as you may be dreading. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

posted on 07/31/2019 10:09 p.m.
1. Use colored duct tape on the corners of boxes to visually label them by room.

2. Make an exhaustively detailed list taped to the box of drawers or closets that are a mix of things, or of things that are immediately needed like kitchen tools.

Good luck!