You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Killeen ---Now You are the Expert Now that you've used a mountain of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you're dining on paper plates with forks you took from the fast food joint, the simple part is over. Now that you're all packed up, a day or two ahead of the move itself, it's time to deconstruct. You'll most likely need a ladder for the next to-do items, along with the tools listed in our last post. If you have had big window coverings you will probably need some wood filler, too. If you are doing a do-it-yourself move, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large spool for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Roll with the Punches and Plan Ahead Packing for a move takes quite a while, and you should plan for that if you are going to handle it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar can 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 staying organized with steps 1 and 2 will make step 3 a lot less nerve-reacking. One of the biggest errors you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is overloading boxes. Books are the worst culprit; they're relatively small in size but they're heavy. 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 Before Moving Day in Killeen Now that the big day is tomorrow, it's time to tackle the pantry and the fridge. Unless you’re moving right around the corner, you should probably take all the unopened non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can place perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like your other items--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time? Movers most of the time want the art and mirrors wrapped 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 truck. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you're moving yourself. If you assembled any of your furniture, now is the time to disassemble it. Most furniture can be dismantled 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 run out to the hardware store up the street. It's a smart idea to take photos of the hardware in the event that something gets lost--and it will. Pack your cleaning supplies and plan on taking them to the new house in your car--the chemicals can't go on the truck. Cover furniture with the moving blankets and secure the blankets with the shrink wrap. The wrap won't mar finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Killeen If you've spent the final night in your residence, you most likely slept on mattresses on the floor, because your beds are in pieces. You have also packed a small duffel with necessities for the day since all your clothes are in boxes. Put your linens and towels in a large box or bag, and off you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a large move could take multiple days. They'll likely be at your house early in the morning and ready to get going—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It is going to be a long day, so respect their time and expertise by being ready for them. Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be promptly pleased with your new house—particularly when you can find the coffee pot.