You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Colorado Springs ---Now You're the Pro Now that you have used up a mountain of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you are eating off of with forks leftover from your last fast food meal, the easy part is over. Now that you're almost there, a day or two before the move itself, it's time to deconstruct. You will probably need to have a ladder for this part, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had heavy window treatments you will likely need some wood filler, too. If you're doing a do-it-yourself move, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Roll with the Punches and Plan Ahead Packing for a move takes a long time, and you must plan for that if you are going to do it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar can help you stay on schedule, and you can edit it in the event of changes. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and staying organized with steps 1 and 2 make step 3 a lot less exasperating. One of the larger errors you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is to overweight boxes. Books are a huge offender; they are usually small but they weigh a lot. 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 Before the Big Move in Colorado Springs Now that the big day is tomorrow, it is time to get going on the pantry and the fridge. Unless your move is close by, it’s advisable to take all the unopened non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can pack perishables in coolers with dry ice, but food is a lot like everything else--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 cover each piece (flannel sheets, beach towels, etc. work great between pieces) and move them in your car instead of the moving truck. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you're moving yourself. If you assembled any of your furniture, now's the time to dismantle it. Most furniture can be dissembled 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 tape it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to run out to the hardware store around the corner. It's a smart idea to take photos of the hardware just in case something gets lost--and it will. Box up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new house 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 mar finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Colorado Springs If you've spent the last night in your home, you most likely slept 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. Put your linens and towels in a big box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a large 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—the clock starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It is going to be a tiring day, so respect their time and expertise by being ready for them. Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be promptly pleased with your new home—expecially when you can find the coffee pot.