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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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This week is Moving Week for Miss Amanda as she leaves her recently-sold condo and settles into a new rental apartment.

Right now I'm surrounded by boxes. I hate living this way and am looking forward to unpacking as quickly as I can in the new place.

This morning I received an e-mail from an apartment rental website I browsed to. The e-mail has helpful hints for easing the burden of the move: how to deal with keys, how to move pets, how to make new friends in the new place, etc.

My sister gave me the best advice of all: Set up the bedroom first, so whatever else happens you'll be able to get a good night's sleep.

What helpful hints do Shipmates have for making a move to a new place as stress-free as possible?

Feel free to be witty.

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Sarasa
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Mine would be to make sure you only take the things to your new house that will actually fit there and you actually want. We've just been talking about how we had to get rid of a very useful desk and sofa, not to mention a bookcase when we downsized to this place, and we could ahve done with being even more ruthless.
And make sure any rubbish from the old house is cleared away before the removal men come. I once had a black plastic stuff full of stuff I thought I had left by the dustbin come with me to my new place.

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boxes clealy labelled with what room they're supposed to go to

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Adeodatus
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Four years ago - the last time I moved - a friend said to me, "Just get the books onto the shelves. Arranging them is a job you can save for a few long winter evenings."

I'm still waiting for the right long winter evenings. But trying to find a book is much more entertaining than it used to be!

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Lamb Chopped
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Set a (small, very small) number of boxes you intend to pack each day. That way, even if you get no more than that (tiny number) done, you can have a virtuous glow of accomplishment--instead of kicking yourself for not doing better. And if you DO get more done, it's gravy.

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A readily available box with kettle, tea bags, milk and mugs. And biscuits.

Proper tea and a teapot can wait for once.

M.

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Far from witty, but make sure you keep important relevant papers -- rental agreement, bank account & credit card #s, utility phone numbers (shut off at old place, turn on at new), postal change cards, etc. in a a neon-stand-out colored folder which travels with you at all times. Also pharmacy #s if you're on meds needing periodic refills, etc.

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I would agree with the bedroom sorting. You need to be able to get a sleep once you have actually moved in.

Tea and basics are also important. So you can survive until you have unpacked most stuff.

We also had a spare bedroom, so we put everything we didn't need immediately into there.

If you have any regular medication, make sure you have enough of a supply.

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Polly Plummer
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Along with the tea bags etc., make sure you have a toilet roll, in case the previous residents have meanly taken theirs with them.
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Brenda Clough
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Also a roll of paper towels, and perhaps a light bulb or two.
Pack boxes and label them where they're to go: "Kitchen", etc. Ideally you have an idea of what is to go where in the new place. You could also do this in a two-tier way. The first round is all the items that you will move from the old living room to the new, but will not need to live -- pictures on walls, for instance. This sort of thing can be packed ages, months and weeks, in advance. The last round is the need-right-away stuff, the beds, the sheets, the towels.

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Graven Image
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If you have pets arrange for them to be boarded elsewhere on moving day. Pick them up after you are moved. With all the coming and going they can get lost.

Plan easy take out meal for your first night in your new home. No cooking or putting up with being to tired to go out to eat.

Important papers, meds, and gin stay with you and do not get packed.

Arrange for someone else to clean old home after you have left if you can afford it.

Measure all the rooms and your furniture plan what will fit and where. Moving day is not the time to do interior design work.

Graven Image who is looking to downsize soon. Good Lord Deliver Us.

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quote:
Originally posted by Polly Plummer:
Along with the tea bags etc., make sure you have a toilet roll, in case the previous residents have meanly taken theirs with them.

I have seen that happen. How uncharitable.

I also know of one person moving in to find all light bulbs had been removed by previous tenants. It is all very well for Brenda to say to have spares. Down here there are two fittings and one will not work in the other. Bayonet style end, or a threaded screw end to the bulb. It may be different where others are. Check before buying.

All mine here have screw ends which seem to me to be less common than bayonet fittings never had those before.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
Measure all the rooms and your furniture plan what will fit and where. Moving day is not the time to do interior design work.

I have found an application called Smartdraw to be invaluable for planning furniture arrangement.

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If you can, get into the new place ahead of time and plot or even mark (masking tape) exactly where you want boxes to be stacked. If you don't, people are sure to leave them against the wall, rendering doorways, electrical plugs, and windows inaccessible. If you have target masked-off areas, you have a better chance of being able to close that freaking window (or plug in the hotwater pot) because you left a cunning trail between the towers of boxes.

If you really want to get fancy (and nobody's colorblind), you can use colored masking tape and have everybody just take the boxes-with-red-tape to the area-with-red-tape etc. (and spare people turning stuff upside down to try to read chicken scratch labels).

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Spike

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quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:
quote:
Originally posted by Polly Plummer:
Along with the tea bags etc., make sure you have a toilet roll, in case the previous residents have meanly taken theirs with them.

I have seen that happen. How uncharitable.

I also know of one person moving in to find all light bulbs had been removed by previous tenants.

Never mind light bulbs. When my parents moved into their new home a few months before I was born, the previous owners had taken the light flexes as well. They had to call an electrician to put new ones in.

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quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
Measure all the rooms and your furniture plan what will fit and where. Moving day is not the time to do interior design work.

I have found an application called Smartdraw to be invaluable for planning furniture arrangement.
I have something similar. Hours of innocent amusement even when I'm not moving!

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The military moved us every five years, they did the packing themselves in a very slam bam way so it behooved one to have all the linens in one place, etc. Many people told stories of garbage boxed and shipped, but there were also, canned good with lamps and toothbrushes with shoes.

I would start a few weeks prior and go through all closets and cupboards making sure the Air Force wouldn't be needlessly shipping worn out clothes or unloved ornaments. Not even wrong color lipstick. In spite of the randomness I always had every last thing unpacked and in it's place before I went to bed the first night. Sometimes it was three in the morning, but the boxes were flattened and in the trash.

When we moved to England the movers told us that we were allowed 10,000lbs but we only had about 3000, due mainly to me extreme purging. A nice English lady came around a few weeks after we had moved in and wanted to know if I had any old things for the church bazaar. I know she didn't believe me when I said, sorry not a thing, but I knew it was totally true.

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My Dad was a minister, we moved every five years.

Kettle, mugs, milk and tea bags were reverently taken in the car to be first in the house with us.

We also put butter on the cats' paws and kept them in for 10 days, it worked every time, they never strayed.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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You'll all be glad to know that I've followed most of your advice.

I cleaned out drawers, cupboards and closets weeks ago, and also began packing at that time. I'm down to the last box now, and moving day is this Thursday. I'm totally ready!

I pick up the keys tomorrow, so I'll have two days to do whatever needs to be done in the new, totally vacant apartment before the movers arrive. I will carry over medications and personal papers to the new place myself, and will probably grocery-shop beforehand so that fridge and cupboards are fully stocked.

The biggest mistake I ever made in a move was to pay to have the movers unpack for me. I was totally surrounded all at once by my possessions and felt completely overwhelmed.

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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quote:
Originally posted by leo:
boxes clealy labelled with what room they're supposed to go to

So that when you move again, you can move the labelled, unpacked boxes into the correct room? This was our experience I'm afraid.

My wife, bless her, says that when we move again, each room gets one box and one box alone. The contents may be kept for one year (the seasonal variation here being great makes this reasonable), and things not used must go.

Best wishes on settling in Miss A.

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I moved about 3 months ago. One of the things I found helpful once I was in was to do a jigsaw puzzle. Rather than stress about unpacking everything, it was an activity that was distracting and cathartic. I was able to take a break from the business of unpacking, make a cup of coffee and just forget about the stress I’d had in the month leading up to the move.

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Unpack basic kitchen items first - kettle, toaster, microwave (if you use one) and make sure fridge has basics to make meals for 1 day.

Then bedroom.

Biggest tip: flatten empty boxes and get out of flat once empty - it will cheer you up and give you extra space.

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Spike

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Nobody has mentioned curtains yet. Make sure you put curtains up ASAP, especially in the bedroom

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When you're unpacking, make sure that any crinkly paper, no matter how flat it looks, is in fact empty before being tossed into the trashcan. Ever since our last move, we've missed our beloved church key that had a magnet glued to it. I can think of no other way we'd have lost such a valuable tool. The side of our refrigerator still looks empty without it.
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Welease Woderwick

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When I moved across the water from Birkenhead to Liverpool I took a domesticated late teen lad with me and he was brilliant at organising, arranging and unpacking - and he had loads of energy. He sorted the kitchen perfectly and I never had to change his arrangement in all the years I was there.

Highly recommended!

I took him out for a nice meal that evening, cheap at half the price!

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Polly Plummer
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I once heard a recently-widowed lady talk about when she moved: she looked at all the stuff in her new kitchen and was almost in tears, couldn't think where to start with putting it away. Then the cleaning lady said "I'll put it away wrong, and then later you can do it right"- the perfect response. It often takes someone with no personal connection to the problem to see the way out!
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Some of my hints have been said already. But here goes.
We moved 4 months ago from one end of the country to the other! I hate moving but married to a minister, being and ex-missionary!!! It is so nice to have our own wee home now in Dragon land.

Never pack yourself, you will get back ache and bad temper. For me that is a golden rule we have used in several moves. Buy a moving package with your removal men and they will do it and save you time and hassle.They are the experts and you will be covered by their insurance if a breakage does occur (rare in my experience). You won't if you do it by yourself.The boxes will be labelled for you with what you ask them to put. Then they are put into the correct rooms when you get there. Honestly it really is worth the money. Moving is stressful anyway why give yourself more stress?

Always have a box of basics in your car: tea/coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits, bread, butter and a kettle. You can always add the microwave too and a couple of microwavable meals if there are no shops near at hand. Don't forget mugs, cutlery and plates to eat off - the bed would get messy otherwise.

When you unpack, do kitchen first and then bedroom, bathroom and living room. Other rooms can wait. Yes, I agree shove the books into bookcases and you can sort them later. Same with DVDs/CDs etc. Unpack the necessities first.

You need food, wash and sleep. The rest can wait.

We had the problem moving from a big manse to our own little house. We had to get rid of so much stuff to charity shops, furniture projects etc. There were a difficult and sad decisions to make.

Then when we arrived...........you've guessed it! More trips to give stuff to the charity shops that we couldn't fit into our new house.

Now we are settled..................

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Well, I'm in! All unpacked, everything put away, everything went very smoothly. I'll hang pictures tomorrow. Right now I'm ready for bed!

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Sleep well, Miss Amanda--you're home! [Smile]

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Great! [Yipee]

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May your new home be a place of peace, joy, laughter, and good health to you and all who enter in. [Votive]
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quote:
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May your new home be a place of peace, joy, laughter, and good health to you and all who enter in. [Votive]

Amen! Welcome home! [Axe murder]

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Thank you. You can browse here if you'd like to see what the place looks like.

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My goodness! That's a beautiful place you have there.

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Thank you. You can browse here if you'd like to see what the place looks like.

Congratulations! That looks remarkably similar to the apartment where I lived when I first moved to Arizona -- but in a different part of the Valley.

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Graven Image
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So neat and put together for having just moved. You planned well Miss Amanda.
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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
So neat and put together for having just moved. You planned well Miss Amanda.

Thank you for inviting us into your new home.
It looks so comfortable.
May you enjoy every day of your life there!
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Lovely peaceful environment and very appealing apartment. Congratulations!

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I'm impressed at how much you've done in a short space of time, and a pool too. Not that one would be any good in a similar complex here in the UK.
Enjoy your new life in a new place.

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Boogie

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quote:
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Thank you. You can browse here if you'd like to see what the place looks like.

It's fabulous - and I'm very jealous of your pool!

And you're a girl! I thought you were a boy! (A man to be reckoned with ) [Smile]

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:

And you're a girl! I thought you were a boy! (A man to be reckoned with ) [Smile]

He wasn't a girl when I saw him a couple of months ago!

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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To paraphrase Mark Twain: Rumors of a sex change operation have been greatly exaggerated.

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Twilight

Puddleglum's sister
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Well! Miss Amanda is very handsome, has a delightful, perfectly organized apartment complete with musical instruments, corner cupboard with nifty curios and a pool. The complex must be all aflutter over the new resident.

Best wishes!

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jedijudy

Organist of the Jedi Temple
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I love your new digs!! Your quilt is just beautiful! Hoping this will be a home of great happiness for you! <3

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Jasmine, little cat with a big heart.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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The quilt is hand-made Amish. I love it too.

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Trudy Scrumptious

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Yes, absolutely lovely digs! May you be very happy there.

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Books and things.

I lied. There are no things. Just books.

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Pangolin Guerre
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I say, as one about to move, that I admire (well, am envious of) the order you imposed with such alacrity. Digs and complex look really quite civilised. Well done.
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Anselmina
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Wow, congrats on the new apartment, Miss Amanda. It looks wonderful.

Health to enjoy, as they say!

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Irish dogs needing homes! http://www.dogactionwelfaregroup.ie/ Greyhounds and Lurchers are shipped over to England for rehoming too!

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Pigwidgeon

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But do you still have a red shower curtain for Pentecost?

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