People who have moved at least two times learned some valuable lessons along the way. One lesson I learned was that I do not like to move; it takes a lot of planning and is hard work. The more moves that people make, the more lessons learned. Moving can mean next door, to another state or internationally. The situation depends upon many criteria such as the location, the weather, and time allowed. You must account for all these factors and be smartly prepared. I came from a Navy family. Growing up, my family moved many times in the 23 years my dad served. After the first couple of times, one becomes a tad smarter with the moving process.
Map Routes and Feed Your Volunteers
No matter what the situation calls for, the mover needs a plan. Depending upon distance, a mapped route is a good idea. Avoid heavy traffic times and busy routes if possible. Oftentimes, movers need help. Set up the names of volunteers who are going to help on moving day and what their jobs will be, so that no one gets in the way of anyone else.
Depending upon how long the move takes you should have snack items, soda, coffee, and a quick simple meal, such as ordering pizza for everyone. Volunteers will appreciate the food and beverages.
Before moving day, it is a good idea to sort out possessions; rarely do movers take everything with them. Are you going to include everything in the move? Are you going to have a moving sale or are you going to call a volunteer service such as Good Will to pick up possessions you are not planning to move?
Time Is Valuable to Everyone
Yes, I consider my time valuable, but so is my moving volunteers time valuable, and I try to be considerate. Consider your helpers and treat them with respect. Set a time for the move and stick with the time. Volunteers have set out a time from their schedule to help you move, and since their time is also valuable, respect the volunteer. Do not change plans and moving times unless it is an emergency, and then try to give volunteers notice well in advance of the move.
Homeowners are Not Super Heroes
Set a time to pack certain household items and do not change those items. Sort out possessions as you pack and set these items aside if they are not included in the move. Rule of thumb for our family is if you have not used the item in over two years get rid of the item, by selling, donating or giving it to a friend. Do not try to initiate the moving process in one day, do a little bit every day so that it is not so overwhelming. Do not expand all your energy in one day, because you have many more days of organization in your new location probably without the help of your volunteers.
When All Else Fails
When all else fails and you find a real distaste for moving day, do as I did and have a baby on moving day and enter the hospital. I rested in the hospital while my husband did the move. My family had everything unpacked and put away by the time I left the hospital. While this certainly does not work for everyone, it worked for me. We remained in that home for nearly 40 years and do not intend to move at this time. I cannot imagine sorting through 40 years of our life.