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Packing for Your Move in Tulsa ---Now You're the Professional

Now that you have used up a gigantic mound of boxes and tape, your garage looks like a warehouse, and you're eating off of with forks you took from the fast food joint, the simple part is over. Now that you are in the home stretch, a day or two ahead of moving day, it's time to deconstruct.

You will likely need a ladder for the next to-do items, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had heavy window treatments you might need some wood filler, also. If you are DIY moving, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large spool for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting.

Roll with the Punches and Plan Ahead

Packing for a move takes quite a while, and you should plan for that if you are going to do it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar will help you stay on schedule, and you can edit it as needed. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and managing your progress with steps 1 and 2 will make step 3 a lot less nerve-reacking.

One of the larger mistakes you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is to overweight boxes. Books are the worst offender; they are normally small in size but they are heavy. Four or five hardbacks is sufficient for a small box, so fill in the rest of the box with lighter weight accessories--coasters, photos, magazines--that will go back in the same room or area with the books themselves.

The Day Prior to M-Day in Tulsa

Now that the big day is tomorrow, it's time to tackle the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, you should probably take all the unopened non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can put perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like your other stuff--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time?

Movers most of the time want the art and mirrors wrapped in bubble wrap or crated before they load them. If not, you still need to pad each piece (flannel sheets, beach towels, etc. work great between pieces) and move them in your car instead of the moving van. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you are moving yourself.

If you assembled any of your furniture, now's when you need to disassemble it. Most furniture can be dismantled with a slot or Phillips head screwdriver and a small hammer. Keep the bolts, screws, and other hardware in a baggie or container and label it, and affix it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to pay a visit to the hardware store up the street. It is a good idea to take photos of the hardware in the event that something gets misplaced--and it will.

Pack your cleaning supplies and plan on taking them to the new residence in your vehicle--the chemicals can't go on the truck.

Cover furniture in the moving blankets and make sure the blankets stay put with the plastic wrap. The wrap won't ding finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around.

Moving Day in Tulsa

If you've spent the final night in your house, you probably slept on mattresses on the floor, since your beds are in pieces. You've also packed a small suitcase with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Put your linens and towels in a large box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a bigger move will be a one or two-day project. The movers will likely be at your house bright and early and ready to get started—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It's going to be a long day, so respect their time and expertise by being prepared for them.

Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be very pleased with your new residence—particularly when you can find the coffee pot.