don't pack your checkbook, credit cards, plane tickets,
passport and any special medications. Do you need to do
a final clean up? Put aside cleaning supplies.
your ice chest for transporting food on short moves. If
moving far away, arrange to give your perishable food to
a neighbor or soup kitchen. If turning the refrigerator
off, remember to prop the doors open to prevent mildew.
packing and unpacking you will need to keep a few things
Kitchen: plate, cup,and set of utensils
for each family member. Coffee pot & filters, tea kettle,
breakfast cereal, paper towels, baby's bottle & pacifier,
pet food, can opener.
Bathroom: toothbrush, tooth paste shampoo,
Bedroom: bedding for your last night in
the house & clothing for moving day.
is a chore which most people hate. Here are some hints to
help you pack so that everything will arrive safely at your
organize the move in your mind. Make a mental room by
room inventory of your possessions. Include the garage
and all storage areas.
a list of the materials you think you will need. Boxes,
carton sealing tape, marking pens, masking tape, bubble
wrap, newspaper, fragile stickers, and plain white newsprint
for wrapping dishes.
average three bedroom house will require 100 boxes or
more. Small boxes for heavy things like books and records.
Dish Packs for dishes and stemware. Medium boxes for pots,
pans, small appliances, toys. Large boxes for linens,
blankets, pillows, lamp shades.
packing early. Six weeks ahead is not too soon. Begin
with areas not frequently used: basement, attic, closet
shelves. Pack a few boxes each day, whenever you have
some extra time. Schedule several days for final packing
just before the move
special care with fragile items. Use double-walled boxes
for dishes and glasses. Wrap fragile things in several
layers of white paper. Pack all your boxes full and fill
up any air space with crumpled newspaper. Clearly mark
special arrangements for pets, plants and children on
moving day. Pets should be put in a quiet room at the
new location until the movers have gone. Remember to give
them food, water, a litter box and reassurance. Plants
don't do well in moving vans. Arrange to carry them in
your car. Children need special attention on moving day.
A caring relative or friend who can be there just for
them will help smooth the transition.
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