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Old 02-11-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Sunny Naples Florida :)
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My husband got offered a job in Naples Fl, we currently live in Keene NH. We're relocating back to where we came from and I'm so excited. The thing is we don't know when we'll be moving, hes a police officer and has to go through polygraphs, background checks which they told us would take up to 4-6 weeks and lots of other tests before he can work. With my thinking he'll do all his other testing first while they're working on the background so we're looking at 6-8 weeks till we relocate respectivly...
When do you start packing for a relocation this big? again lol.. Last time we moved up it was odd cause he came up first and we just put everything in storage and I lived with my mother so I only had my clothes. That won't be so this time around.. Should I just start taking down the knicknacks and packing up the dvd's and blankets etc or you think its too soon? I'm terrible at this stuff lol and my husband HATES it so I ge the infamous I don't care answers from him.. I don't want to start too soon and have to be digging through boxes come 3 weeks from now looking for things. Ahhh this moving stuff is a drag
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We moved twice in the past two years. Both times we started packing about 6 months before the move. We just did a few things here or there. the first time, we hired professional packers to finish packing because we could not get it all done, even with the help of a dozen or so neighbors.

Both times, we ended up wishing that we had put more effort into the early packing. Moving is a ton of work and very very stressful. Pack all that you can as soon as you can. a lot of things are seasonal and can be packed right away. Other things like pictures and nick knacks are unnecessary and can be packed now without interrupting your lifestyle.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Start packing. Start with stuff you know you are not going to use, like holiday decorations. Make sure to label, label, label!

I would be in meltdown mode if I was moving in 6 weeks and wasn't half packed!
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Sunny Naples Florida :)
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Great thats what I was thinking, my husband said its too soon , but I can see me doing all the work last minute cause he'll be on call or something and I'll be going CRAZY!!!!!! Oh btw, weird question, I've heard some people mention packing everything in tubberware... You think thats necessary or boxes are fine?
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Sunny Naples Florida :)
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Great thanks you guys thats what I thought, my husband said its too early but I can see it now.. He's on call last week its down the wire, and I'm loadin up the uhaul while I'm still packing! No thanks!!!! Has anyone found it more optimal to pack using tubberware or just the regular boxes good enough?
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Boxes are fine. The only thing I have in plastic containers are some of my Christmas decorations.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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You mean Rubbermade toters? That kind of thing? That's what I would do. Buy several whenever they go on sale and pack as you go. Start throwing crap away now! Helps to keep you from packing and hauling crap! It's been a few years since I moved. I agree with the labelling idea. If you don't list the contents at least label what room it belongs in. Helps when you unload and people are helping you.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Plastic containers are good for the stuff you may not unpack right away, and might end up sitting in your garage for awhile. Especially in Florida with the humidity. And silverfish (bugs) seem to be attracted to cardboard boxes. Not to mention, if a hurricane blows thru you'll be glad you had some plastic containers!
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Back in NYS
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As soon as we knew we were moving, we started packing - packed up everything we didn't use frequently. We knew we wouldn't be having company from the time we knew about the move until the move, so I even packed all the dishes except for 2 bowls, 2 plates, 2 mugs and a couple of pots and pans to cook in as well as 1 casserole dish; most of the towels and the majority of the clothing.

We used boxes as well as Rubbermaid products and used towels and even some t-shirts to wrap things in as well as bubblewrap and newspaper. For clothes that were hanging in the closet, I used the big trash bags - opened them up like you would to put trash in, worked from the bottom up and tied the top so the hanging part of the hanger stuck out (does that make sense??). The clothes were still able to hang in the closet and if we found we needed something before we moved, it was easy to get to. The night before the move, we tied the garbage bag ties tight around the hanger and didn't have to worry about clothes falling off and in the mud and/or snow - cheaper than buying a bunch of garment bags and re-usable for any trash later on.

Like everyone else said, we labled up the wazoo so we knew what was in what box (we labled the sides and the tops, so no matter which way you looked at it, you knew where it went or what was in it). Before the actual move, we cleared out a space in one room and just stacked everything that was packed so it was ready to go when we were.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Start packing. Start with stuff you know you are not going to use, like holiday decorations. Make sure to label, label, label!

I would be in meltdown mode if I was moving in 6 weeks and wasn't half packed!
Totally agree. I'll be putting my house up for sale soon and I started packing last July. But I have so much stuff in my life, it takes a lot of time to manage. Moves for me take months or years.
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