No, I’m not moving again (for a long long long time!). We just moved my Mother this past month, and here are a few tips.
1) Go to the new house the day before if possible to make sure the heat, electricity, phone are all working. Turn on the fridge and freezer.
2) Label all boxes! Use color coded stickers or Sharpie thick markers.
3) Pack what you *need* the first few days in your new house in one or two well-labeled boxes. If possible, use boxes that are totally different than the others so they stick out. This will alleviate the “where’s-my-toothbrush?” frantic unpacking.
4) When you are unloading the boxes into the home, put them in the correct rooms if at all possible. Don’t just leave them in the middle of the floor. Stack them nicely along the walls, with the labels facing out, so you have some room to work.
5) Set up your bed and living room furniture first. Those are the most important rooms in my opinion, especially if you were lifting all of those boxes yourself!
6) Purchase or pre-freeze a few skillet meals or crock pot meals. If you only have to find 1 skillet and a spatula or a crockpot and spoon to cook, it will be much easier. I even had a few women in the church ask if they could cook for me. So handy.
7) Buy some paper plates and plastic cups to have on hand. It’s tradition here to buy pizza for anyone that helps you move, but Domino’s (or most other pizzerias) don’t provide plates or cups. It’s also nice to have them on hand for the next day or so of meals until your dishes are put away.
I’m sure there are more tips, but those are what work for me.