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Old 04-19-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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I made a measured drawing of the interior of the PODS container (including the location of the supports) then I measured the footprint of all of my largest pieces of furniture, made little rectangles of the appropriate sizes, and moved the shapes around within the outline of the container until I figured out a reasonable way to arrange things and still allow access to stack smaller items.

I'm usually not this methodical, but since I was stressed out by the move and was depending on the kindness of friends to help me pack, this short planning exercise saved us a lot of frustration. One smart friend even taped the diagram on the side of the container for reference. The delivery man thought it was hilarious.
I will definitley have to try this, I do that sort of thing when I want to move furniture around in my home, never thought about it for the pods, thanks, this is great.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Don't forget to fill up your cabinets and drawers with as many items as you can. And use every available rug and old blanket as padding between items. Road vibration can cause a surprising amount of damage if you're not careful.

This may amuse you. I was so impressed with how funny my packing job looked that I took a photo.



It doesn't get much more personally revealing than that.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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You did a great job in getting everything in, I noticed that you tied the stuff down too, never thought about that either, i'm going out today to get some rope lol.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I made a measured drawing of the interior of the PODS container (including the location of the supports) then I measured the footprint of all of my largest pieces of furniture, made little rectangles of the appropriate sizes, and moved the shapes around within the outline of the container until I figured out a reasonable way to arrange things and still allow access to stack smaller items.

I'm usually not this methodical, but since I was stressed out by the move and was depending on the kindness of friends to help me pack, this short planning exercise saved us a lot of frustration. One smart friend even taped the diagram on the side of the container for reference. The delivery man thought it was hilarious.
You are doing what an aircraft or truck loadmaster would do.
Nothing hilarious about being properly packed and able to actually find stuff. Just smart.
Nice work.
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:34 PM
 
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Nice work, Ellie!
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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You are doing what an aircraft or truck loadmaster would do.
Nothing hilarious about being properly packed and able to actually find stuff. Just smart.
Nice work.
Thanks Mr. Wabbit. The end result of all the packing was pretty funny, as you can tell from the photo. After my friends left and before the truck came to get the container, I continued on into the night stuffing and wedging all of the bric-a-brac into every available space.

Nothing broke, so I guess we did all right.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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We had equally as good luck with our POD, too, when we moved from Coastal NC to the Piedmont area. The best thing was being able to pack, and load, and pack, and load, as we chose -- and without killing ourselves doing it.

I think the smartest thing we did was leaving our king-sized bed -- box springs and mattress -- for last. It was great, being comfortable our last night in the old place, and having it unloaded first at the new place. We could fall into our own bed when we were worn-out.

For moving, I really think a POD is the way to go. I have had professional movers break things, damage furniture, and lose things. None of that with this move!
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Kauai
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There is some great packing advice in this thread, over in the Hawaii forum:

Shipping Question

that's just as relevant to packing a POD as it is to packing an ocean-shipping container.

Moving to Hawaii has its own set of challenges, but there is a significant amount of overlap with any kind of long-distance move.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:19 PM
 
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Does it matter if the big couch goes in first, or should it go last?
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Cheap pillows from Walmart (2.50 each) could also help with filling in some of your little spaces here and there. Pick up 20 and for $50, you've got lots of cheap filler. If you keep them in their plastic, then you can donate them to Goodwill when you arrive at your destination and take a tax deduction for them too. (And they can be deducted as packing material for your move as well.)
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