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Moving Tips: How to avoid pain of moving

Topic: Moving

So, you're relocating. No matter: to the city, maybe to the country, to a luxary penthouse in the sky. No matter where you're going, moving can be a pain. The boxes, the bubble wrap, the Styrofoam packing peanuts that spill all over the floor. Hassle an all, moving is sort of necessary....if you want to relocate, that is. But, with a few simple tips, moving just might be a little less of a pain in the box.

Pack like you mean it: Sure, no one likes to pack. It takes too long, it's boring, and the boxes never seem quite big enough. For all these reasons, many people simply throw their stuff in boxes, putting breakable plates in with barbells. This manner might be quicker, but packing improperly can lead to things breaking and can also cause arduous unpacking. By taking some time, however, and even using bubble wrap around the snow globe Aunt Ezra gave you, your things will arrive safely and your unpacking won't involve super gluing broken pieces back together.

Donate what you don't need: Moving is a good time to get rid of the surplus filling up your attic. But, there is little sense in throwing things away that could be of use to someone else. You might be getting a new refrigerator, but your old one is still in good shape. Instead of putting it in the trash, give it to charity. Not only does this allow you to help others, but it also allows you to help yourself: donating to charity decreases your load, is tax deductible, and cleans out your place.

Hire a mover: So, you have a truck, a truck that has successfully moved stuff for one hundred and twelve of your closest friends. This may lead you to believe that you can move yourself quite easily. But - keep in mind - there is no such thing as an easy move. When you're moving just a couch or a dresser, a pickup truck will suffice, but moving an entire houseful of items is much different. Instead of making eight hundred trips, and throwing out your back trying to lift the China cabinet, simply hire movers. It might cost a few bucks, but you'll find it's worth it in the end.

Buy New Furniture: Yes, it's true: a new home is the ideal time to buy new furniture. A new sofa, a California king, an oak bookcase, a lazy boy. Now, this doesn't exactly mean that those who move often should take a trip to the furniture store every time they move, but for those with items that are outdated, old, or just plain worn and tattered, new furniture is knocking on your new door. By ordering new, you don't have to haul your old furniture with you. The new furniture, delivered to your new house by the workers at the furniture store, will be moved without you even lifting a finger, or a marble coffee table.

02/03/2008
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