Thursday, June 7, 2012

Moving Tips- Part 3

Hi! It's Jilly. The last couple of weeks I've been sharing Moving Tips with you. I have loved reading all of your comments! It has been so much fun. Much more fun than getting ready to move! ;)

In Part 1 one of the things I talked about was making a list of what you have packed in each box, then last week in Part 2 I mentioned making that list in a word document or e-mail to yourself. Well, this week I was living proof that making a digital copy of your list is important. I lost my notebook and had to start a new list!

Luckily, I found my notebook, but I was not a happy camper about it for a few days! So, I will definitely be making a copy of that puppy!

Now, let's move to the kitchen. Pack up everything in your kitchen except:
  • one large & one small pot/saucepan
  • one skillet/frypan
  • a can opener 
  • a 'chef' knife & a paring knife 
  • a spatula
  •  a mixing bowl
  • a mixing spoon
  • a cookie sheet
  • a vegetable peeter
  • tongs (if you grill a lot, which is quick and easy if you're in the midst of moving)
  • a cheese grater? 
  • anything else your family uses a lot to make the type of foods you eat (I kept out the salad spinner)

You might think you can't live without all the other stuff, but believe can! What do you take to cook with when you go camping? That's all you need. Pack up the rest!

Then, use paper plates & plastic silverware. It saves you time on clean-up after meals.

Speaking of clean-up...when you are getting ready to move, and possibly getting your house ready to rent or sell, be sure to go to bed every night with a shiny sink

Amid all the chaos it is nice to have at least one part of your house clean and smiling at you when you wake up in the morning. Plus, it helps you keep the rest of your kitchen a little cleaner, which makes things easier when you are using the sink all day to fill buckets to wash walls or wash out paintbrushes or whatever.

This one I learned from the Fly Lady. Any fellow FLY Babies out there? I don't have all my routines down, but I try and that's what counts, right?!

When labeling your boxes it is a good idea to put a colored dot on all 5 sides on the box. I had a couple people tell me about this one. In the stationary section of the store they sell colored dots like this.

They also have these cool labels that are like post-it notes, except the whole backside is sticky and peels off easily. You could write what's in the box and slap the label on your box.  (Thanks for the tip, Sara!)

But, me and my cheap self decided to go with these dots. They are called Reinforcement Labels. It was only a dollar for the pack and you get 924 of them versus 315 in the other pack for the same price! Sweeet!!

So, designate one color for each room and stick dots on the box in the right color. My sister-in-law said this is really helpful when you are looking for a box for a certain room. You can just train your eye to look for the right colored dot and find the right boxes a lot faster. Clever, eh? 

That does it for tonight. Stay tuned next week for more helpful moving tips! Follow Hi! It's Jilly here on the blog, on Facebook, or on Pinterest so you don't miss anything!

I'm linking to THESE parties. :)

Check out the rest of the series!

Hi! It's Jilly: Moving Tips- Part 1
 Hi! It's Jilly: Moving Tips Part 2 
Hi! It's Jilly: Moving Tips - Part 4


  1. Instead of the full-sized peel-and-stick labels, you could also use blue painter's tape, and just do two short strips of it so there's more room to write.

    1. Ooh! Good idea! Painter's tape is much cheaper, too. Thanks! :)

  2. We always use painters tape too :)

  3. Hopefully we don't have to move for a while, but your organization is inspiring!! Thanks for sharing your secrets ;) at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

    1. I'm just sharing advice I've been given by people more organized than I am. I am NOT organized at all! If you saw my house right now you'd probably pass out! ;)

  4. GREAT moving tips!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. These are great tips! We've got a sister moving from Missouri to Utah next week, so she is going to need these! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  6. These are some great moving tips. I love the color coding with stickers idea!! I'm definitely pinning this post.

    I'd love to feature you next week - can you add the Take it on Tuesday button to your link up list? Thanks!! Hope to see you next Tuesday at Romance on a dime!!

    1. I added your button to my list. Thanks for thinking of me to feature! I'm glad you liked the tips! :)

  7. from an experienced mover... you will live even with 17 surprise boxes, without scissors and small frying pans, or those pillow cases that you used to wrap something but you cant remember what, or those things that you actually (mistakenly) gave away and still love. rest assured: there will be new things coming into your life that are even better than before. unimaginably so.

    meanwhile: happy moving! embrace the fresh new start.

  8. having said all this, i want to invite you to join your list and excellent tips on moving by participating in our linky party here:

  9. LOVE the dot idea! These tips are coming in handy for my upcoming move!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. thank you for indeed linking it up at our party at

  11. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  12. Just read through all your moving tips posts! Thanks for writing those never - never knew you could "price match" moving trucks! I'll have to check that out, we are moving in just a couple weeks! Can't wait! :)

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

    1. Glad to help out! Good luck with your move. Moving is a pain in the...neck. Ha! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. Moving into a new place can really be challenging. But thanks to posts like yours, everything in the move can be more hassle free! :)


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