Here’s the latest news from Homemade Frontier Headquarters – We’re moving! In, uhm, 11 days.
On the upside we packed a lot when we listed the house. On the downside we are freakin’ moving in 11 days!
While I crave the simplicity of going the moving supply store and picking up conveniently sized boxes, I am not in favour of immediately recycling brand new only used once boxes. Not to mention the huge expense of paying for boxes.
So instead I’ve jumped on board the DIY moving train and scrounged all over town for free boxes. So far it’s worked out great.
If you are in the market for boxes here’s what I’ve learned -
- Ask on Facebook and Twitter. Friends have good ideas about where to look locally.
- Visit the liquor and grocery stores. Buying liquor and groceries helps, in many ways.
- Make friends with people who’ve recently moved and offer to take boxes off their hands.
- Be prepared to leave your phone number and to make multiple visits to pick up boxes.
I used newspaper, table linens, towels and sheets to pack the breakables. I believe there might be a box in the kid’s room that is entirely filled with paper from the shredder. It’s important to bring your shredded sensitive documents to the new house. And it’s also important to let the kids help.
I am very much in favour of the moving rule to throw out or donate what you don’t need before you send it to the new house. I might be the only one in my family who does but because I am the Team Leader of packing I get to be the boss.
The next step is themove. We’ve got a truck, cause it’s a DIY move. We could use some help though.
Anyone available over the Labour Day weekend willing to do a little labour? I promise that you’ll be well fed and well caffeinated. Hello? Anyone?