May 11, 2012
Long Distance Moving Tips
About three years ago, a friend of mine moved 2000 miles clear across the country. She did what anyone planning their first long-distance move might do- she packed up all of her furniture and possessions into a huge moving truck and hauled them south. A few months ago, she moved 2000 miles back to where she started, packing only what she could fit into a small moving cube. I recently sat down with her and we chatted about the moving process. She had some great insight on what worked for her, and what she would recommend for a long distance move.
Don’t move everything. Unless you have furniture with a high value (sentimental or cost), it may not be worth it to move. I was a recent college grad, and most of my furniture was of the inexpensive variety (discount store or thrifted). It took up a LOT of space in that moving trailer. I could have easily saved myself the trouble of moving these items by selling them before moving, and replacing them with similar items when I got to my destination.
Plan for your destination. I moved from a cold climate to a very very warm climate. I did not need the snow boots, box full of blankets, or fleece pants. I ended up donating these items a year into living in my new location because they were just taking up closet space. If you are moving to a new climate, consider donating, selling, or giving away anything you most likely will not use again.
Take advantage of packing. You have to move every single item, so you might as well sort while you do it. Go through things as you pack. If you wont look at it ever again, recycle it. Leave appliance manuals with the home you are leaving. Recycle un-needed bills and receipts. Purge whatever you can.
Don’t pack hazardous materials. It may seem easier to toss all of your cleaning supplies into one big box, but please don’t. Some things are really not meant to travel long distances. I learned the hard way when a bottle of toilet bowl cleaner cracked in one of my boxes and ended up discoloring several towels. A minor detail in the grand scheme of things, but it could have been much worse.
It really comes down to taking your time and packing smart. If you wont need something, don’t pack it. If it could be replaced for less than the cost of moving, sell it. If it has no value to you, you don’t need it!