Moving: Some Assembly Required

By Laura Gee, Content and Social Media Manager,

When moving, many people think the biggest challenge of moving (after finding a great new place to live) is moving box after box of stuff from one place to another and then unpacking it all later. Oh sure, they take into consideration moving furniture and appliances and things, but most people don’t think about all of the tear down and set up that comes along with moving. When moving in, you not only have to find places for those big pieces of furniture and all of that stuff in those boxes, but you probably will have to do some assembling and re-configuring as well. Here are some tips to make the tear down and build up of your home’s items easier:

Wires, cords, and cables can all look the same after a while. Take a picture before moving and tearing down your setups so you can easily put them together later. (Olga Popova/

Take Pictures Before You Tear Items Down

Take a quick picture with your camera or even your phone of things before you break them apart. Go behind your television and see how the wires are plugged in currently. Crawl behind your desktop computer and see which wires connect to which component. If you set up your own home wireless system, take a picture of the configuration before you pull it all apart. Having a picture of what it is supposed to look like will make putting it all back together so much easier later. This same idea goes for furniture as well so you can see how things were set up before you moved. You might think you remember how all of the pieces to your kid’s crib fit together, but you’ll really be wishing you had a detailed picture to go off of when it is bed time and everything is still in pieces all over the floor.

Keep Pieces Together and Labeled

I’m a fan of using plastic bags and small boxes to keep the small components of something together. Just last weekend, I helped tear down a futon to pass it along to my sister-in-law. We put all of the giant screws and nuts and other little fasteners in a small box because the pieces likely would’ve torn a bag. I put that labeled box with the rest of the pieces of the futon and hopefully she’ll be able to set it up with ease at her new place. I made sure to label the box of futon pieces on ALL SIDES of the box and I used a bold color. This way in her sea of boxes when she’s moving in, she’ll be able to quickly identify the contents of that particular box if she needs to find or happens to come across it on moving day.

If you do those two things, then you’ll make your next move a lot easier. Unpacking and finding places for things isn’t easy, but it can be a lot of fun. Help make the process even more fun by being proactive and taking a couple of steps when packing to make the assembly process of moving in much more simple.

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