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February 21, 2014

Tips for Moving Day

The boxes are packed, the truck is parked outside, and you're ready to start hauling boxes and furniture. Pretty straightforward, right? Even after all your planning and preparation, there are still Moving Day tips that can help you get the job done effectively and efficiently.

  • The Weighting Game. It should go without saying that your overloaded box of the complete hardcover works of Russian authors shouldn't be placed on top of the box containing your Faberge egg collection. But you can streamline your efforts by organizing the heavy boxes closer to the front door before you load them outside. This will help you avoid shuffling boxes around in the back of the truck.
  • One Stacker to Rule Them... Designate one person to stay in the back of the truck and be fully in charge of organizing the boxes and furniture. Too many opinions can slow down a move, even if they're all perfectly valid and sound ideas. How do you choose this person? We recommend holding a Tetris tournament the night before, since packing a truck is pretty much the same concept.
  • Move Smarter, Not Harder. This one's for you, burly guy trying to bring out every kitchen box in one stacked armful: stop it. More trips with fewer boxes per trip is safer, more energy efficient, and less likely to result in forks scattered all over your lawn. "But I'm shaving time off the load-out process!" Not if you drop something, throw out your back, or exhaust yourself before everything's loaded. Save the really impressive lifts for your gym montage, Rocky. Hopefully these moving day tips will help the self service movers among you get through your big day more quickly, with fewer injuries, and with more sanity left by the end of it all. At which time there better be pizza.

What are some of your favorite tips for moving out? Feel free to share them in the comments below.