The Bravo network’s Real Housewives franchise has the unofficial slogan of “happy wife, happy life.” Even though it doesn’t rhyme, “happy movers, happy life” is another good one. Whether you hire professionals or just gather a bunch of friends and family, having a good moving day is important. Having a good day when people help you put your things into storage is important as well. There are several things you can do to help make sure that your moving experience is a happy one for all parties involved.
When people show up to help you move, have your home look like it is ready to move. Unless you have hired somebody to pack your items for you or a family member is there to help pack, you should have everything packed up. Speaking from experience, you don’t want to show up at a friend’s house to help them move and their kitchen cabinets are still full like they’re ready to make a Thanksgiving dinner. Be as prepared as humanly possible and have your things as ready to roll as you can.
Arrange Play Dates
Safety is a main concern for this tidbit. Arrange play dates for your children as well as your pets. Children will probably be happier at a friend’s house where they can run around and play and be free. When people are carrying heavy, awkward items, they might not be looking underfoot for small kids and pets. Also, doors and fences get left open making escaping easy. Lastly, the whole moving day is chaotic and can be scary or intimidating for adults so imagine how a kid or pet might feel. Find an alternative place for your kids and “furbabies” for the big day.
Nobody wants to shell out extra cash, but buying food and drinks for the people helping you move is something you should do. This shows that you care about the people who are helping you. Also, it is important for people’s health–especially on those hot days. Keeping a cooler full of cold water and sports drinks is the way to go. See what food options in your area can be bought in bulk for a great value like a giant sub sandwich.
It’s the little things in life that mean the most. Little things like having a radio with crowd pleasing tunes is popular option to having a good moving day. Setting up a stationary fan or a tent to provide shade and a cooling off spot on hot days is a great idea. Making sure there is toilet paper, soap, and hand towels is something that far too often gets missed. Lastly, don’t micromanage. Micromanaging might seem odd to put under the “comfort” category, but not getting on a person’s last nerve can be a great comfort to them.
Yes, some of my tips come a little tongue-in-cheek, but I stand behind them all. I’ve moved a lot and helped others move a lot. And with moving a lot comes hearing about other people’s moving experiences so it’s safe to say I’ve heard lots of stories and gleaned lots of advice over the years. Follow my bits of advice and you should have a better moving experience than you think you can. Being prepared, considering the happiness and comfort of those helping you move, and finding safe places for your kids and pets to be are all things you should really try to do.