We’ve been moving to a different house this week. Perfect weather for it don’t you think?
We’re moving pros, having moved every year of our marriage. This time I was determined to do it in an organized fashion, buying plastic tubs for our clothes and avoiding at all costs the “random crap” boxes. We got the moving truck for the easy furniture and boxes and then hired people to do the big appliances and couches.
When we were in college, people loved to help move. Promise them pizza and beer, and they’d show up willingly. Now people will willingly give you the number to the movers they hired last year.
If you do have to ask friends to help, here are the lessons we’ve learned.
- Do offer pizza or sub sandwiches but have someone else pick it up. If you’re off trying to find the Little Ceaser’s in Raytown while everyone is at your house 20 minutes away waiting for you to unlock the door, morale decreases.
- Gatorade. And lots of it.
- Ensure you have a spatial person. Position someone in the truck who has that extra special talent of maximizing space.
- Lock up what you don’t want moved. If you have dirty underwear on the floor or a broken window pane near the boxes, it will get moved. This year we returned to our old house to find the smoke detecters missing.
How do you lure your friends into helping move?
LWTK’s mommy blogger, Sarah, is attempting to be a good mama to little Henry, wife to Shea, full-time employee and part-time grad student all while avoiding making dinner from a box every night. In her non-existent free time, she’s running, eating popcorn and blogging about it all at The Gatsby Diaries.