You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Little Rock ---Now You're the Professional Now that you've used up a gigantic mound of boxes and tape, your garage looks like a warehouse, and you're dining on paper plates with forks leftover from your last fast food meal, the uncomplicated part is over. Now that you're in the home stretch, a day or two ahead of the truck arriving, it's time to deconstruct. You will likely need a ladder for the next to-do items, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you've had large window coverings you will likely need some wood filler, in addition. If you're moving yourself, you'll need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large spool for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Be Flexible and Plan Ahead Packing for a move takes a long time, and you need to plan for that if you're going to do it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar will help keep you on track, and you can edit it in the event of changes. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and managing your progress with steps 1 and 2 will make step 3 a lot less tense. One of the worst mistakes you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is to overweight boxes. Books are the worst culprit; they're normally not large but they are heavy. Four or five hardbacks is enough 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 part of the house with the books themselves. The Day Before M-Day in Little Rock Now that the big day is tomorrow, it is time to get going on the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, it’s advisable to take all the new non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can place perishables in coolers containing 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 protect each piece (flannel sheets, beach towels, etc. work great between pieces) and move them in your car instead of the moving van. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you are moving yourself. If you assembled any of your furniture, now's when you should disassemble it. Most furniture can be dismantled using 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 secure 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 local hardware store. It is a smart idea to take photos of the hardware just in case something gets lost--and it will. Pack up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new home in your vehicle--the chemicals can't go on the truck. Cover furniture with the moving blankets and hold the blankets in place with the shrink wrap. The wrap won't ding finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Little Rock If you've spent the final night in your residence, you most likely slept on mattresses on the floor, since your beds are in pieces. You have also packed a small duffel with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Place your linens and towels in a large 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 early in the morning and ready to get going—the timeclock starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It is going to be a strenuous day, so respect their time and expertise by being prepared for them. Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be incredibly pleased with your new residence—expecially when you can find the coffee pot.