The Movers Just Left. Now What Should I Do??

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Moving - Unpacking BoxesSo what now?

The moving trucks have driven away, leaving you weary and questioning which carton has the power cord for the Television set and where on earth are your jammies. In all the planning and logistics to ensure the perfect professional move to Little Rock, the one thing you didn't remember to do is organize the actual living-how does one put it all together again? How does one start to go through and find what you need for the initial night in your new home, let alone the whereabouts of the dog food?

Ideally you are reading this before you actually move, and are not perched on a heap of boxes, crying with weariness and overall moving burnout, and you'll follow these tips for a calm and collected post-move in advance of when the professional movers arrive. This way, as soon as everything's unloaded into the home you are able to spring into action and start getting organized-or more likely, summon your last reserves of strength and stagger to the boxes where you've packed your bedding and pillows.

Pillow Talk

First, organize your bed linens. For anybody who is super on-the-ball this can be accomplished the morning of the move, but let us assume you are packing them up in advance. Put linens, pillowcases, blankets, and whatever else you will need for a good night's slumber and label the box so that it stands out from the bunch. Bigger boxes or even plastic bins are ideal for these; the linens are bulky but lightweight, so you can fill it right up. Repeat this with all the beds you are using that first night.

Pack your pillows the day of the move except if you have additional. For anybody who is like the majority of grown-ups your pillow is critical to get a sensible night's rest and you do not want to make use of a spare. Put those in good sized garbage bags when you get up, and color code the bags with the boxes.

A good thing for marking these boxes is bright colored themed duct tape. If you've got children of a certain age you most likely have a drawer brimming with it, in any other case you can get some at a craft, big box or drug store. Merely run a piece on the edges so you're able to identify those boxes from twenty paces. A giant, brightly colored marker will work too-just be sure you mark every side of the carton (which is 6). Color code every bedroom individually and guide the box to the right room while you are air traffic controlling the movers making it straightforward Make Sure and follow these recommendations after the professional movers leave for a stress-free premier night at your new house in Little Rock.

At this point what you need to accomplish is make the beds and slip in. One of many joys of professional movers is that putting the beds up is considered a part of the service, so that's one less thing on your own to-do list.

Chances are pretty good you will want a hot shower before you drop, hence pack a few bath towels and crucial toiletries using the same distinct tape. Keep in mind the bathroom setup of the new house so you will have a shower curtain (or at a minimum a liner) together with the HOOKS ---and a rod to hang everything on--unless you're okay without having a curtain and having water going all around the shower room. Although in all honesty you might not worry initially, cleaning the flooring using one of the four towels you can come across could be a serious mood kill.

Pack every family member an overnight travelling bag containing outfits, footwear, and toiletries for a couple of days. Living from a well-organized tote is a lot better than sorting through boxes if you cannot find the toothpaste or the favorite stuffed toy. These are requirements-mud masks for teenage girls are not.

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soap or perhaps body wash
  • Prescription medications inside a travel sized pill case
  • Nail trimmers-packing tape is tough on nails and someone's will rip or have a hangnail
  • Razors, skin cream, tissue, hairbrushes and hair ties
  • Rolls of toilet tissue

When there's an infant in the household, double up on the items within the diaper bag. Sure, you can always get diapers. No, 5:00am isn't the the very best time for you to go do it.

Do the same thing for the pets-put a few days of food and meds into big zip-locs and store them in a duffle bag with leads and pet toys. Becoming familiar with a different home is stressful for pets, too, therefore remember to keep their familiar stuff easily accessible.

Any time you move such an abundance of attention goes to the pre-move process; what exactly is the most effective strategy to switch all the boxes back into a home? Commence with beds-you need to have a area to crash. (Check out above!) And in addition have snacks along with beverages in the refrigerator. It's likely that it is take-out night for dinner but come the morning you'll be wanting your coffee pot loaded and ready. Here's how to circumvent post-moving stress.

The Boy Scouts have it right---be prepared. It is a typical but unacknowledged truth that no matter how well-prepared you might be, something can go wrong, and you will be waving your new companion moving personnel good-bye well after the sun sets. Trucks have mechanical issues, temperature fails to cooperate, other vehicle operators are thoughtless enough to bring about traffic to come to a total halt a number of yards from your exit.

Feeding and Watering

Pretend you are going on a big picnic and pack a cooler or a couple with the refreshments and snack foods you'll really need to get you through unloading day, and also into the night. These are the things which are critical for a decent journey and initial night. 

  • Water bottles-whether or not you get cases of single use water bottles or a five-gallon jug and use refillables, staying well hydrated is essential.
  • Individually wrapped goodies-bite the bullet on the single serving packages of fruit, chips and cookies. This is the day to throw the diet program out the window, so go for the processed flour and sugar.
  • Garbage bags-try to keep your vehicle as uncluttered as it can be, bring a handful of bags so you can toss the trash whenever you make pit stops.
  • Wet wipes-a large package of wet wipes for spills along with sticky, grubby hands can provide you with the will to remain living after having a lengthy day traveling and amid the boxes.
  • Band aids--somebody's likely to cut something or get a blister.
  • Electronics charging components-put out an all-points message for all your devices' charging pieces-power cords, wall blocks, car adapters, along with whatever else you need to guarantee you're never off the grid.
  • Water containers for your pets-your animals must stay hydrated, just like you. If you've got a travel bowl, great. Otherwise, pets aren't excessively fussy-anything which Spot can easily fit his snout into is certainly acceptable.

Consider takeout that initial night-assuming you can find the refrigerator and get to the range, do you actually want to make supper (or maybe more realistically, a midnight snack)?

Pack your coffee, coffeepot, coffee mugs, coffee bean grinder, as well as other morning must-haves like you did your linens-color code the carton so you can get to it right off the bat. There's nothing better than that first cup of joe in your new home, and nothing more annoying than not being able to find the coffee pot.


All those electronic products and gizmos you so diligently shepherded through the wilderness will not do you a bit of good with no WiFi or internet service set up when you get to your new home. Preferably, get all that put in place in advance of move in day so you don't have any downtime. If your internet supplier remains the same ask about transferring your account, which means you might be able to keep your cable box and modem. If not, you can create a hotspot to get online using your completely charged cell phones or tablets.

If you are packing your tools, remove a couple of small screwdrivers, a small wrench, plus some pliers and put them with the power cords and modems. Having tools nearby can certainly make any undertaking go a lot faster consequently making you the hero to your youngsters.

The good news is that if the cable tv guy says he will be there between 8 and 5, you recognize you're going to be home--because regardless of how faithfully you have followed the aforementioned tips, you still can't find your sneakers.

Ready to start getting ready for your next move to Little Rock? Contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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