You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Wichita Falls ---Now You are the Professional Now that you've gone through a mountain of boxes and tape, your garage looks like a warehouse, and you are dining on paper plates with forks you took from the fast food joint, the simple part is over. Now that you are almost there, a day or two ahead of the truck arriving, it's time to get the final tasks accomplished. You'll probably need a ladder for this part, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had big window coverings you might need some wood filler, in addition. If you are doing a do-it-yourself move, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Be Adaptable and Plan Ahead Packing for a move takes a long time, and you should plan for that if you are going to do it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar will help keep you on schedule, and you can edit it in the event of changes. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and keeping on top of steps 1 and 2 make step 3 a lot less exasperating. One of the biggest errors you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is putting too much in boxes. Books are a huge offender; they're normally small in size but they weigh a lot. Four or five hardbacks is adequate 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 area with the books themselves. The Day Before Moving Day in Wichita Falls Considering the big day is tomorrow, it is time to work on the pantry and the fridge. Unless your move is close by, your best bet is 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 with dry ice, but food is a lot like your other items--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time? Movers usually want the art and mirrors wrapped in bubble wrap or crated before they load them. If not, you still need to cover 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 put any of your furniture together, now is the time to disassemble it. Most furniture can be deconstructed 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 tape it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to pay a visit to the hardware store up the street. It is a good idea to take photos of the hardware just in case something gets separated--and it will. Pack your cleaning supplies and plan on taking them to the new home in your car--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 Wichita Falls If you have spent the last night in your residence, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, since your beds have been disassembled. You've also packed a small bag with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Put your linens and towels in a large box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a large move could take multiple days. They will likely be at your house first thing and ready to get started—the timeclock starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It is going to be a tiring day, so respect their time and expertise by being ready for them. Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be very pleased with your new residence—particularly when you can find the coffee pot.