- CHOICE A. Hire movers to load boxes, drive them to Florida, unload boxes, and set up furniture.
- CHOICE B. Pay for space on a cargo trailer.
Cons: It can take up to 10 days to receive your shipment, lost boxes, broken stuff
- CHOICE C. Rent a big ‘ol truck from Budget, hitch up the car to the back, and DIY it!
What would you do or what have you done in the past? Remember, we only have a 2 bedroom condo worth of furniture. The moving companies tell us we have 20 items or 29 pieces. That includes every single piece of furniture in our house (i.e. 4 kitchen chairs and 4 outdoor chairs= 8 pieces) Moving on (pun intended)… I’m not usually so clever, I think this packing thing has me a little delirious!
Tip 1: Where to find free boxes
- Craiglist.com: Choose your city and click on the free section
- Uhaul.com: Search by location and connect with people who have boxes!
- My local Uhaul has a free box section in store. Anyone can walk in and take as many as you need. I found a few boxes and lots of packing paper!
- Specs (or any liquor place): Our local Specs has tons of small to medium boxes in a big pile at the front. These are great because they come with cardboard dividers that are perfect for vases, glasses, etc…
- Neighborhood groups on Facebook always have postings for free boxes
- Your job: Everyone has a copy machine, and those paper boxes are super sturdy packing boxes and have handles. Win-win.
Tip #2: Packing Materials for free
- Use what you’ve got, every thing needs to be packed in some form or fashion. Dish towels, beach towels, rags, pillows, place mats, blankets, coats, sweaters… use them to wrap breakables or divide things from banging into each other.
- Trash bags for pillows, bedding, sheets, and extra towels you didn’t use for packing!
Tip #3: How to not waste space and not break things
1. Throw a pillow on the top
Not only does the pillow need to be packed, but it provides extra protection for breakable items in a moving box.
2. Throw a pillow on the bottom
Much like the logic above, the pillow has to be packed regardless, so use them to your advantage to protect your things.
3. Wrap fragile stuff with towels
Towels also need to be packed and moved to your new home, so use them to protect breakables. I like to wrap the towel around the fragile item and then secure it with packing tape.
Every time you say “yikes”, do you want to continue with “stripes, fruit stripe gum, the yummy fruity one?” Or is that just me? Now, I’m really wasting time… looking up commercials on you tube from 1991!Enjoy the rest of your evening, I’m going to surround myself in a sea of brown boxes.
UPDATE: We ended up hosting a packing party and DIY-ing the big move!