When it comes to moving, following your common sense will usually get you through it, but if you’re short on common sense, I’ve got four basic rules you can follow.
The first one is obvious. If you can afford it, hire movers. No one likes moving and if you’ve got some extra money lying around, hire professionals and let them do the work for you and you just stand around and supervise. I’ve only been able to do this twice in my life and both times it was money well spent.
But who has extra money these days? No one I know of, so If you can’t hire professional movers, rule number two should be to round up as many friends as you can to help out. Pay no attention to those who say if you have too many people, they start to climb on top of each other or get in each other’s way. Plug your ears to these people who say you don’t need an army to get it done. You do. The more people you have, the sooner you can get it over with.
The third rule is to try and plan the season in which you move. Late spring, early summer or early fall are the best times of the year to rent your U-Haul truck. In the late spring, the rain has usually lessened, it’s not too hot yet in the early summer and early fall is a beautiful time to pack up boxes.
Speaking of packing up boxes, rule number four is to make sure you label each one. Dishes go in the kitchen, books go in your living room or study, bathroom stuff goes in the bathroom—you get the idea. Tell your friends helping you with the move to pay attention to those labels on the boxes. The idea is to pick up and put down those boxes as few times as possible.
So those are my four basic common sense rules when it comes to moving. Of course, sometimes, with me, I forget I have that common sense. My last move was in the dead of winter and the one before that was in the middle of July. With both these moves, I forgot to label my boxes which annoyed my friends to no end.
Maybe I should add a number five common sense rule: Remember that I have it.