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Packing for Your Move in Denver ---Now You are the Expert

Now that you have gone through a huge pile of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you are dining on paper plates with forks you took from the fast food joint, the simple part is over. Now that you're almost there, a day or two prior to the truck arriving, it's time to get the final tasks accomplished.

You'll probably need to have a ladder for this part, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had big window coverings you might need some wood filler, too. If you are moving yourself, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting.

Be Flexible and Plan Ahead

Packing for a move takes quite a while, and you need to plan for that if you're going to do a DIY move. A large dry-erase calendar should help you stay on point, and you can edit it as changes occur. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and managing your progress with steps 1 and 2 make step 3 a lot less stressful.

One of the worst blunders you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is putting too much in boxes. Books are the worst offender; they're normally not large but they're heavy. Four or five hardbacks is enough 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 Before Moving Day in Denver

Since the big day is tomorrow, it is time to tackle the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, your best bet is to take all the unwrapped non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can pack perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like your other items--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time?

Movers frequently want the art and mirrors protected 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 is when you should dismantle it. Most furniture can be deconstructed 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 go to the hardware store up the street. It is not a bad idea to take photos of the hardware in the event that something gets misplaced--and it will.

Pack up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new house in your automobile--the chemicals can't go on the truck.

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

Moving Day in Denver

If you have spent the final night in your house, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, because your beds have been dismantled. You've also packed a small bag with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Place your linens and towels in a big box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a big move could be a multiple day project. They'll likely be at your house early in the morning and ready to begin—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It's going to be a tiring day, so respect their time and expertise by being prepared for them.

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