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Old 06-08-2015, 05:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My only experience is moving is moving in and out of a dorm but I have a ton of stuff (2 trucks worth, lol!) so I know the overwhelming feeling of getting it all together. My number one piece of advice, bankers boxes are your friends and so is organization. I number all my boxes and have a list of everything that's in each for insurance and personal use. It keeps me sane but I'm OCD. I also pack from most important to least important. That way if you don't have room for stuff, you don't have to rummage through boxes to find stuff to part with. And I give away a TON of stuff. Nothing buts a damper of shopaholic syndrome quite like moving! Lol. Good luck!
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm on the Missouri side of Kansas City! Omg! Must have hedgie playdate!
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you, Ally! Most to least important is a good tip, I'll have to plan on doing that with my books. I'd prefer to keep almost all of what I have, but there are some that I would mind giving up less than many others. They're going to be my biggest challenge in terms of weight & space.

And I have no hedgie to bring to a playdate (and probably won't for a while, until I'm sure of having enough money for vet fund, etc.), but I'd love to meet you & your babies!! It's been AGES since I've held a hedgehog and I miss them so much. I can't wait to have my own again.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am now going to be evil...Frigga says "Hi miss Kelsey, if I am pregnant, both my babies and I will be looking for a good home sometime in August. If I don't have babies, I'll still need a loving home too. Mrs. Jackie says she wouldn't even make you take the questionnaire she's making up. I am only 7 months old."
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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That IS evil! I'll have to wait & see what my money situation is then, and if I still have my old lady cocker spaniel. I don't think I could reasonably afford a hedgehog and a dog (and the hermit crabs, though they don't cost much as long as I control my spending on decor )....but we'll see! I may not be able to resist, once I can visit you guys & meet Frigga!
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:46 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I can pack, move, and unpack a 4 bedroom house in 2-4 weeks. When it's time to move, my husband knows to stay out of my way. I have a system, and pity the person who interferes with it...lol

Your move sounds pretty straightforward. You can probably handle it with just about any truck rental. I have no preference on company, personally -- but, full disclosure, I always have movers for loading, transport, and unloading. With 4 bedrooms, a piano, and an antique headboard that weighs as much as the piano, it's worth the money (even when the military doesn't pay for it).

Manifests are helpful, but they're also time consuming. Get some good quality boxes (you can usually buy them from truck rental places, but if you have time, order them from a local indie dealer or mover or a site like Cheap Cheap Boxes). Also make sure you have packing paper, bubble wrap, and good tape. Packing paper and bubble wrap can usually be bought where you get your boxes, but blank newsprint from a newspaper office is cheaper, and unless you're the knick-knack queen, a large roll of bubble wrap from Walmart or Target or Amazon or wherever should do. (I am the bubble wrap queen, though, so I use a ton of the stuff when we move.) Use packing paper and such like you can pay your rent with the stuff when you get there. This is not a "less is more" situation.

When you pack, label your boxes according to the room they'll be going to, not necessarily the room they came from. The one time I let movers pack my stuff, they labeled it according to the room it was packed in, and I ended up with things on completely different floors of the new house from where they were supposed to be. The rooms don't always match up!

Finally, pack the necessities for each room together, and label those boxes as the first to be unpacked.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thank you! A lot of that will help even more when my friend & I move out into an apartment, since we'll have more stuff for multiple rooms. All of my stuff is coming from my bedroom, bathroom, or storage. I'm definitely not up to your level yet...and hopefully I don't get enough practice to be!

I'm just going to have myself, a friend, and possibly some family members helping me load up, so hopefully that'll go well. I'm lucky because I work in a kitchen, so I'm getting TONS of free boxes. If all goes well, I won't have to worry about buying any for this move, at least. I might need to look into buying bubble wrap though, I do have a decent number of knick-knacks that I'd rather not have break, some hermit crab decor that's breakable, and a couple of treasured books that I want to protect because they're my (inanimate) babies.

Thank you to everyone who's left advice so far! A lot of these comments will be really useful for this move and/or future ones. I'm glad I asked on here!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Found my basic list!

Living Room
__Sofa/Loveseat
__Chair(s)
__Coffee /EndTable
__Lamp(s)
__TV
__TV/Stereo Stand
__Cable(s)
__VCR/DVD Player
__ Office Area Desk/Chair
__ Bookcases
__Garbage Can
__Radio


Kitchen/Dining Area
__Table w/Chairs
__Cups/Glasses
__Dishes
__Storage Containers
__Silverware Tray
__Spice Rack & Spices
__Tin Foil & Plastic Wrap
__Freezer Bags/Baggies™
__Hand & Dish Towels
__Paper Towels
__Napkins
__Scissors
__Cookbook
__Dish Rack
__Garbage Can
__Garbage Bags
__ Oven Mitts
__ Pot Holders
__Dish Rags
__ Tablecloth
__ Placemats


Cutlery
__Silverware
__Utensils
__Pots/Pans/Bowls
__Strainer/Sieve/Colander
__Cutting Board
__Measuring Cups
__Measuring Spoons
__Can/Bottle Opener
__Cork Screw
__Knife Block
__ Spatula
__Ladles
__Tongs
__Colander
__Veggie Peeler
__Cookware/Baking Set
__Sauce pans
__Ctockpot
__Pot lids
__ Pyrex Set
__Cake/Pie Pans
__Loaf & Muffin Pans
__Rolling Pin
__Mixing Bowls
__Cookie Sheet


Small Appliances
__Kettle
__ Hand Mixer
__Food Processor
__Toaster Oven
__Toaster
__Blender
__Microwave
__Coffee Maker
__Fire Extinguisher


Bathroom
__Shampoo/Soap
__Bath/Shower Mat
__Shower Curtain & Liner
__Towels
__Cup
__Toothbrush Holder
__Soap Dish
__Garbage Can
__Air Freshener
__Hamper
__Toilet Paper
__Plunger
__Bath Mat
__Facial Tissue
__Hair Dryer
__Toilet Paper
__ Toilet Brush
__Toilet Plunger
__Towels (hand)
__Towels (bath) Scale Shower Curtain
__Curtain Rings
__Curtain Liner Shower Caddy Wastebasket


Bedroom
__Bed
__Bedding/Pillows
__TV
__Nightstand
__Lamp
__Computer
__Dresser
__Garbage Can
__Mirror
__Alarm Clock
__Fan
__Hangers
__Dresser Table
__Bed Sheets
__Pillow
__Pillow Cases
__Drapery
__Drapery Hangers
__Blinds
__Under Bed Box
__Blankets


Cleaning Supplies
__Toilet Brush
__Toilet Cleanser
__Rubber Gloves
__Bathroom Cleaner
__Dish Soap
__Sponges/Scrubber
__Dish Cloth
__Kitchen Cleaner
__Glass Cleaner
__Wood Cleaner
__Floor Cleaner
__Dust Mop
__Wet Mop/Bucket
__Broom
__Vacuum/Bags or Sweeper
__Laundry Detergent/Bleach
__Dryer Sheets/Fabric Softener
__Dust Pan


General House/Apartment
__Wall Décor (Posters/Pictures)
__Window Dressings
__Clock(s)
__Iron/Ironing Board
__Extension Cord(s)
__Power Surge Protector(s)
__Flashlight/Batteries
__Message Board
__Duct Tape
__Night Light
__Misc. handtools
__Holiday décor
__Linens
__Curtains/Rods
__Step Stool
__Drawer Organizer
__Storage Boxes
__Storage Trunk
__Stacking Bins
__Smoke Detector
__ Carbon Monoxide Detector
__ Home Insurance
__Set of Tools
__Curtains
__Lamps
__Candles

Laundry
__Clothing
__Laundry Detergent
__Laundry Basket
__Drying Rack
__ Coins
__Iron
__ Ironing Board
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:55 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Awesome, thank you! I need to start putting together lists of stuff for the animals, especially the dog. A lot of her stuff is scattered downstairs, whereas the crab stuff is mostly in my room already.

Does anyone have a suggestion for the best way to pack/transport jewelry, especially necklaces? I was thinking maybe put each one in their own little snack baggy so they don't tangle with each other.
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I use ice cube trays for earrings and necklaces. That way, when I unpack, I only have to set the trays in whatever drawer they'll be "living" in. I've also used medication organizers since I seem to have to buy a new one every time I travel because they hide.
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