It’s peak moving season for a lot of teens heading off to college and the rest of us who might be moving. The folks at unpakt sent me tips.
They must know me. The last time I moved the family, it was horrible. And since we have moved kids, many, many times, I have some expertise:
- Seasonal packing: We learned not to pack up the winter clothes for the kids heading off to school. Winter coats, jackets and boots take up a lot of closet space and packing room. My daughter taught us this because we might have needed a separate U-haul, and that was just for the shoes and boots. The “pack for the seasons” routine only works if your teenager is moving someplace not too far away because it means packing and unpacking will happen before the snow flies and again in the spring. But college closets are only so big, and storage is often not available.
- Packing DIY tips: Unpakt suggests socks, towels and linens can be used to wrap fragile items. Baskets, plastic bins, and luggage can take the place of traditional cardboard boxes. My boys used garbage bags. That’s a big savings on boxes, bubble wrap and packing peanuts. We never bought bubble wrap or peanuts — we had plenty of bins and socks. OMG the socks.
- Plan for the future: Unpakt advises you to get rid of stuff you don’t need so that you aren’t packing and unpacking items you don’t use. I agree because we moved a lot of stuff we wound up giving away in a family move, but we also gave away things the kids needed a few years later — window air conditioners, microwaves, beds. I would rethink a plan before I gave that stuff away again. I’ve bought a lot of air conditioners and beds since the first kid went away to school. And I gave away a crib that would come in handy right now for a little granddaughter.
If you are really slammed for time and know that you are not a good mover, bite the bullet and hire movers or someone to pack you, move you and unpack you. It’s not cheap, but your sanity is worth something. I would do it all differently next time. And for the kids, I’ve moved them to third floors more than a few times. I never want to drag another mattress up a staircase. Ever. The kids have been very resourceful in grabbing friends to move them in recent years. Good friends. God bless them everyone!