Tuesday, April 17, 2007

there goes the bedroom!

Well, we sold our bed on Sunday! Leaving me to create a nestlike pile of rugs, blakets, and collected puffy softness to sleep on. (and no, this does not include all the dust bunnies around here, ha ha, gross!)

I can give my dresser to the neighbors at any time (they officially bought it), and hopefully someone will buy A's dresser (it's nice!), and then we'll have no bedroom furniture, woot!

Actually, the neighbors officially bought a couple of these rugs we're now sleeping on . . . hmm . . . I'm torn between the desire to cross stuff off the list, and the desire to keep my back intact, away from the hardwood floor. Verily, hmm!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

How to move, part 2

* Put everything you want to sell in one place (hmm, like your sun porch!), photograph it, and post it all to Craigslist. Also be sure to sell a few things to your downstairs neighbors
who just moved here from India and don't have any furniture. (it's so interesting; Jacintha says her kids are FREEZING and crying in the 50-degree weather, and they're using quilts and winter clothes and space heaters and have their heat up to [gulp] 85 and stuff. I guess southern India really is HOT!!)

* When you disassemble shelves/bookcases, be sure to put all the fasteners (along with the proper IKEA allen wrench, if necessary) in a ziplock bag, and mark what shelf it goes to on the bag with a Sharpie. I usually tape the bag to the boards, but this time the fasteners will go in one box, and read below for the boards!

* Get a roll of 2-foot-wide packing plastic wrap from Office Max (because they don't seem to have it anywhere else) and SHRINK WRAP all those boards! Man oh man, that plastic is great. You can make these bundles that are way easier to handle, and they all sort of stick together, and everything's protected. Also good for anything that's too bulky for a box! Oh, uh, save your thoughts about how the heck you're going to recycle the plastic for later; the most important thing now is to get your stuff from Point A to Point B! (maybe it can be reused or sold to another mover? ugh, later later later, time to pack!!)

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

How to Move, part 1

* Get one of those big metal packing tape dispensers with the handle -- it's SO worth it!! Also extra tape, like from Costco.
* Watch Craigslist for free boxes, and nab 'em!
* Use banker's boxes with lids -- nice.
* Devise a labelling system and mark each box with a Sharpie (D1, D2, A1, A2 etc.) and keep a running legend on a notepad so you know what's in each box.
* Tape up and label each box as soon as it's full.
* Keep the legend, pen, and Sharpie in the same place at all times so you know where they are!
* Pack boxes to the brim, using newspaper if needed to stuff 'em full.
* Crumple all those stupid free grocery circulars and inane fliers for padding! It's the only time you'll ever WANT those things. Get more from friends!

more later . . .