You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Little Rock ---Now You are the Expert Now that you have used up a huge pile of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you're eating off of with forks you took from the fast food joint, the uncomplicated part is over. Now that you're almost there, a day or two prior to the truck arriving, it's time to deconstruct. You'll probably need a ladder for the next to-do items, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you've had large window treatments you will probably need some wood filler, in addition. If you're moving yourself, you'll need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Be Flexible and Plan Ahead Packing for a move takes a lot of time and dedication, and you should plan for that if you're going to do it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar should help you stay on schedule, and you can edit it as changes occur. 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 tense. One of the larger blunders you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is overloading boxes. Books are the worst offender; they are relatively small but they weigh a lot. Four or five hardbacks is sufficient 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 bookcase with the books themselves. The Day Prior to Moving Day in Little Rock Since the big day is tomorrow, it's time to tackle the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, it’s advisable to take all the new non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can pack perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like everything else--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time? Movers most of the time want the art and mirrors encased in bubble wrap or crated before they load them. If not, you still need to protect 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 assembled any of your furniture, now is the time to take it apart. Most furniture can be dissembled 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 secure it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to go to the local hardware store. It is not a bad idea to take photos of the hardware in case something gets lost--and it will. Box up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new residence in your car--the chemicals can't go on the truck. Cover furniture in the moving blankets and make sure the blankets stay put with the plastic wrap. The wrap won't scratch finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Little Rock If you have spent the last night in your residence, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, because your beds have been disassembled. You've also packed a small duffel with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Place your linens and towels in a big box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a large move could be a multiple day project. The movers will likely be at your house bright and early and ready to begin—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It's going to be a strenuous day, so respect their time and expertise by being prepared for them. Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be promptly pleased with your new home—particularly when you can find the coffee pot.