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post #1 of 20
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OK, so it's only over 1 appartment, but I'm very excited. A few months ago the appartment next to mine was redone, new carpet & flooring in all the rooms, new cabinets in the kitchen, new tileing around the bathtub, new fridge & stove. So the other night when the guy moved out I decided to call & the land lord is actually happy I want to move because she & her husband want to redo all the aprtments & that means they can redo mine. So I've got a week & a half to move 7 years worth of stuff Any suggestions on how to do this efficently while still living in the appartment until my sister can come help move the furniture?
post #2 of 20
My only advice is to do it slowly.....when you try to hurry, at least in my case, you break things! Congrats on the new apt!
post #3 of 20
Pack all the little things into boxes and move that during the week. And then everything will be empty when you get the help to move the furniture. Makes everything smoother. And if you want to clean your furniture extra good now it the time to do it!
post #4 of 20
Wooohooooooo! Congrats on the new upgraded apartment!!
post #5 of 20
That's exciting! I did what Phenomsmom said and packed and moved as much of the little stuff as possible. That way you can move a lot of it on your own and your sister will still love you after helping you move.
If you can introduce the cats to their new home over the course of week, you might find they settle in better. I did that with mine, and Pushy was way calmer about the experience.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by pushylady
That's exciting! I did what Phenomsmom said and packed and moved as much of the little stuff as possible. That way you can move a lot of it on your own and your sister will still love you after helping you move.
If you can introduce the cats to their new home over the course of week, you might find they settle in better. I did that with mine, and Pushy was way calmer about the experience.
The guy that moved out left his microwave, so my sister is getting that as payment for helping me move. I had thought about taking them over there & introducing them to the new place, but I wasn't sure if that would be good or bad. I'm concerned about chaning the current pecking order, but maybe it would help reduce confusion over moving just next door.
post #7 of 20
Yea!!!

New apartments are always fun!

I would suggest trying the Feliway plug in to help the cats with their new transition. I just used it to introduce 2 cats and it worked wonders!
post #8 of 20
Can you move in now?? I would take you clothes an armful at a times and walk over and hang them up right away-the same with kitchen and bathroom stuff-move it and put it away right away-esp stuff you aren't using. Take pics off walls and place in room that you want to hang up again.
Happy moving!!
post #9 of 20
Moves that involve shorter distances are usually the hardest because you don't treat it the same as you do for a longer move. You thin why bother to pack it, I'll just carry it over. More trips = more fatigue. We have moved numerous times for my husband's job and now I've been helping my kids move.
1. As you pack things into boxes for the move, sort and toss. Why move expired meds or foods?
2. The first things to pack are the things you need the least. Put them in a box, labeled and move them to the final destination room. You can deal with opening them later, as needed.
3. The critical rooms are the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. If you won't need it in the next 10 days pack it now. The last things you pack are the first things you need - sheets for your bed, towels & toiletries, the coffe pot.
4. It is worth it to line the shelves with liner before you move in (kitchen, bath, linen closet). Put sticky notes on each cabinet & drawer listing exactly what you plan to put in it. If someone wants to help, they can unpack & put away items the way you want them. (That's my job when moving the kids - not intrusive, but very helpful)
5. You can carry the drawers from your furniture over without emptying them (taking the drawers out lightens the furniture), but clean them out before moving (lighten the load and keep the new place clean).
6. Keep a tool kit available - screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, tape, nails) and the cleaning supplies out for touchups.
7. Plan on takeout meals. Let your sister pick the food. And breakfast the first morning in the new place should be out - less pressure to have the kitchen ready to go.
8. As soon as you get the bed moved, make it so it is ready for the end of the day.
9. Your cat/cats need to be confined to a room or a large closet (preferably in the old place so it is familar) while you are going back and forth between appartments. Put a sign on the door as a reminder not to open unless the doors are closed - sounds dumb, but when you get tired..... And in case you suddenly get extra help, they are protected.
Good luck, have fun.
post #10 of 20
Hmm... if you're only moving nextdoor, wouldn't it be better to do it all at once? Like, the day your sister's coming over you could wake up early and move everything you can carry alone, and then she can help you move the couch and whatnot? Your cats will be stressed more by things slowly disappearing than just moving in one day and they only have to freak out once. At least I would be.

That is a good idea though, to just not even pack and take stuff over armful by armful and put it away right away.

I'm moving in about 2 1/2 weeks a few hundred miles away. So I have to do it all in one day: plus, my new lease starts the day before my old one expires! Some bad planning on my part, I guess.

Happy moving, whatever you decide to do.
post #11 of 20
Yeah I would move stuff from the kitchen and bathroom and furnitures that you can carry with in the next few days, then its not so hard to carry the rest of the stuff later. Believe me I moved 6 times last year back and forth and my kitties are fine!

You may not realise it, but it may even take 2 - 3 days moving everything because you wont realise how much junk and stuff you have!!
post #12 of 20
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*** SIGH *** well after much discussion last night my parents said that Saturday the 5th neither of them had plans for my sister so we could move my big stuff. Well my mom just called & asked if I had called movers because she needs my sister to move some boxes into the basement I guess I could call movers, but I have this whole plan in my head about how I want to do this and I get frustrated when other people change my plans for me.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
OK, so it's only over 1 appartment, but I'm very excited. A few months ago the appartment next to mine was redone, new carpet & flooring in all the rooms, new cabinets in the kitchen, new tileing around the bathtub, new fridge & stove. So the other night when the guy moved out I decided to call & the land lord is actually happy I want to move because she & her husband want to redo all the aprtments & that means they can redo mine. So I've got a week & a half to move 7 years worth of stuff Any suggestions on how to do this efficently while still living in the appartment until my sister can come help move the furniture?


Call someone to do it I had to and if I have to move from here I'm in trouble, start packing now what your not using and if you can take stuff in before hand do it bit by bit, that's what we did when we bought the new house, we didnt have anything big though bought all new stuff and it was all delivered Very easy I would take it over as you pack it if possible... Good Luck I hate to move
post #14 of 20
You know, It'd be kind of a waste to hire movers to move you a few feet. Do you know anybody with some strong teenagers or something you could pay 20$ to move instead of whatever a company would charge?

Actually I met my last boyfriend looking for some boys to move my furniture around. He gladly obliged and then pretended he "forgot" something so he could come back. My roommate and I giggled the second he shut the door it was soooo obvious! Most men are glad to help move, it makes them feel manly!
post #15 of 20
Moving any closer to Milwaukee? We're gonna have a meet up soon!
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by halfpint
Call someone to do it I had to and if I have to move from here I'm in trouble, start packing now what your not using and if you can take stuff in before hand do it bit by bit, that's what we did when we bought the new house, we didnt have anything big though bought all new stuff and it was all delivered Very easy I would take it over as you pack it if possible... Good Luck I hate to move

call someone to do it.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
Moving any closer to Milwaukee? We're gonna have a meet up soon!
I'm in Milwaukee. I'm only moving over 1 appartment. After talking to my sister I feel better, she said she can do what my mom needs & still help me move. I always feel bad for her because she never gets a vacation my parents always put her to work. She's probably almost as strong as my dad is (although due to his back right now she's probably stronger) So I called & set up for the utility switch last night.
post #18 of 20
I once moved 2 apts over, using a shopping cart. You can load a bunch of stuff, put it away right from the cart, and do it again. If you have help, borrow 2 carts. My friend loaded stuff, and I put it away, like a little assembly line. It seemed like it would take forever like that, but it was actually pretty efficient. I am glad you feel better after talking to your sister. Moving is stressful enough without having people change your plans. I hope it goes well.
post #19 of 20
2 words "Grocery carts" pack everything in them and roll it down the hall
post #20 of 20
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I've got a couple boxes. If I was moving down the hall I'd use a shopping cart, but since there is maybe 6" -12" between the doors I think I can handle carrying the boxes over. The only thing that stinks is I didn't get the key yesterday so I lost a night, but I really think it will be fine I've got all day Saturday & if I can keep getting up it's light out till like 8:30 so I'm not having the power turned on until the day before I move in.
I do have one question do I put the cats in the bathroom of the new appartment while moving furniture or the old appartment? My first thought was the old one, but then I realized it might be hard to catch them when they are all freaked out by the noise & the missing furniture.
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