Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Moving 101

I have moved too many times to count, but I've always been with roommates, so only half the stuff, or less is mine. I have to say though for moving an entire apartment for the first time wasn't nearly as bad as I thought.

For those of you who hadn't been to our first home, this is what it looked like on Friday night before the move...crazy right?

Sorry I don't have any actual moving pictures, I had my camera safely stored away so it wouldn't get lost or broken. Plus who can take pictures when they are carrying boxes and couches and dressers and....
We asked our family and friends (10 of us in total) to show up at 9:30. In true Crnkovich fashion my parents didn't show up till 10 with the big box truck. On their defense my dad was sick and wasn't even suppose to be driving, let alone a huge truck, but he loves me :-)
By 11:15 I closed the door to our old place for the last time, and we heading to West Chester!
Let me tell you driving down 100 trying to keep a caravan of 8 cars together is definitely an challenge...especially with the construction and forcing everyone into one lane...but we did it and began unloading a little before noon.

By 1:15 we were starved and glad to be finished! Well those who helped us were finished...we had to do the unpacking. Here's Kev's dad grubbing down on the yummy food my mommy brought. See all the boxes!?!?

As soon as everyone left Kevin and I began the feat of tackling boxes. A few hours later and I was starving again, and we realized that we were a few lights short, we had thrown out one of our lights, during the move, and now we also had an extra room. So we mad a 'quick' run into Main St. and hit up Cosi's and Bed Bath and Beyond.
I decide to take some mid-finished pictures, while Kev hit up some lesson plans. Here's part of the living room with our new light in the front.Our bedroom...the room isn't really slanted, I was just tired and couldn't hold the camera straight.

And the dining room! Reconize it from the eating picture? It looks a lot better huh?

Now all we have to do is figure out how to cover up the plain jane walls without painting or putting too many holes in the wall. :-)

I learned the key to an easy move is being organized and having great help. I can be a little OCD at times, but this was the perfect time to be so.

1. I made sure we labeled every box what room, and what was in it, and each room had it's own color also.

2. I also designed floor plans for each room so people knew exactly where to put things to save us from rearranging.

3. I cleaned as we packed. Furniture and rooms. Who wants to care a dusty bookcase, let alone move old dust into a new, clean place? When I finished packing up the bathroom I cleaned it, same with the kitchen and other rooms. Then on moving day when the rooms completely empty you just have to run the vacuum quickly and your good to go.

It takes a lot of pre-move work, but to make it easier on your movers and yourself after words it is so worth it!


Kate said...

Looks lovely! Excellent job. We were unorganized, but somehow it worked...and pretty quickly too!

The Reigner's said...

That's Kate!