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I've worked out the big problem I have is not with the move itself, it's with the packing. If the packing is done, the move is actually quite simple. Yes, it's big and it's annoying, but it's just people putting boxes and furniture into a truck, and the pulling them out of the truck again at the other end.

However, you've got to pull all the stuff out of the furniture and into boxes before they can do that, and that's the bit that stresses me.

I know what I want to get moved this Saturday, but moving it relies on the appropriate packing being done before that. Some will be tonight (I have an exercise class this evening, so won't be getting home until a bit later) and then the rest has to be done tomorrow night or it won't be done in time.

Anyone want to come over tomorrow night and help me pack, or at least provide moral support?

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neko_seraph
May. 26th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Never underestimate the benefits of leaving all your clothes in their drawers, and/or big sturdy garbage bags to hold clothes in.

As for the rest... yeah, that bit sucks.
halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
The vast majority of the furniture with clothing in them will be moved with the clothing in them. Much easier that way.

The problem is the books (oh god! The books!) and the kitchen ware.

*grump*
paradigmshifty
May. 26th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Best suggestion I've seen recently is to get heatshrink film and wrap the bookshelves in it, books included. Then move them in the same way as the clothing drawers.

It assumes you have trolleys etc, and no stairs.
halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Nice idea, but most of the books are already packed so doesn't help in this case.

However, I will keep it in mind as I may make things easier in the future.
travisjhall
May. 26th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)

The majority of the kitchenware which is actually in the kitchen should stay right where it is for the moment. We need that for everyday life over the next week. The stuff out the back, yeah, that could do with packing.

You've already got, what, nearly half your books boxed? (I know I've got over half my books/games shelves boxed already, and that's just by packing a few boxes each night. Though, you have more.) Pack the books that fit neatly and easily into boxes, and you should quickly be able to consolidate the remainder onto one or two bookshelves. Then there's a week to spend time packing the fiddly books that need more attention, if you don't get to them straight away.

Remember, the objective this Saturday is to reduce the size of the move the following Saturday to that of a regular three-bedroom-house move. It's about moving volume, nothing else. Any other objective you have - like getting particular categories of things across - might be achieved but can be set aside if they are just making life more difficult.

halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
It's the kitchenware out the back that I'm planning on moving this weekend. That would mean that everything out the back can get shifted, giving us more room to put the packed boxes and giving us more space in the rest of the house to pack boxes.
skialalia
May. 26th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)

Ammy has a hand-trolley, if that will help. She says you're welcome to drop over and borrow if from her.
halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
We've already got a hand trolley (one of the best investments I made). Can you thank Ammy for the offer for me, please?
missingkeys
May. 26th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Packing sucks. Not quite as much as unpacking, but I definitely feel your pain.
halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
I actually prefer unpacking.
missingkeys
May. 26th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Really? Gracious. I love organising, but I need everything unpacked before I can do that. Which means, of course, that more often than not I end up with a giant pile on the floor. Blegh.
halloranelder
May. 26th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Whereas I have no problem rearranging as I go.

However, I usually still end up with a giant pile on the floor anyway.
missingkeys
May. 26th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
lol! The giant pile seems to be inevitable, doesn't it?

I tend to rearrange things about five or six times (at least) before coming up with something great. On the plus side it does end up great and super easy to clean, but on the down side it does take its sweet time to get there.
bunnitos
May. 27th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
Packing is always painful, and the cleaning too. =/ I'm wrestling with a couple of uni assignments atm otherwise I would come and help. Good luck with it all!
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