Moving Tips: The PLOF Recipe

PLOF: Moving Day Recipe

Find out how packing one box can help make your moving day much smoother.

I’ve done my fair share of moving.  While some people hate the prospect of packing everything up and then having to settle into a new place, I actually enjoy it.  I think it’s therapeutic!  Perhaps I need therapy of a different sort.

I’ve done my fair share of moving.  While some people hate the prospect of packing everything up and then having to settle into a new place, I actually enjoy it.  I think it’s therapeutic!  Perhaps I need therapy of a different sort.
 
In all seriousness, it gives us the opportunity to really go through all the “stuff” we have collected over the years, and get rid of what is no longer used or needed.  Through garage sales, donations and maybe even a dumpster in the driveway for a few days, you can really lighten the load of what is getting moved.   Many people wait until their home is sold and they are within 4-6 weeks of moving day to get started.  I recommend starting even before you list the house.  Any stager coming into your home will thank you for doing the ground work early.   It also makes the month leading up to moving day less daunting. 
 
During those crucial weeks pre-move, you will want time for bank and lawyers appointments, calling utility companies to move your services, recruiting family and friends to help on the big day, etc.  All these tasks take time and you don’t want to leave everything to the end.  Everything except that one critical “Pack Last, Open First” box.  This is the box that will make your life easier on both ends of your move.  Trust me!
 
Pick a box/Rubbermaid bin that will serve as your Pack Last, Open First (PLOF).  Find it a home somewhere convenient (mine is usually in the kitchen) and start making a list of what you want to go in there. 

PLOF INGREDIENTS

  • Scissors
  • Garbage Bags
  • Tape
  • Disposable cups, plates and cutlery
  • Paper towel or napkins
  • Toilet paper
  • A sharp knife
  • A few tea towels
  • Hand towels for the bathrooms
  • Hand soap and dish soap
  • General cleaning supplies (all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and a dustpan) 
  • A notebook and a pen
  • Any legal documents you might need for lawyer/bank appointments
  • Any daily medications you need available (and throw in some Advil or Tylenol for good measure)

These are all items that you may want or need within the first few hours of arriving at your new home.  You will want to protect this box in the same fashion you would a pet.  That means it rides shotgun with you!  Don’t let it get lost in the shuffle on the moving truck.  As soon as you arrive, place it somewhere central where it can easily be accessed by anyone looking for those first few hour supplies.  Keep it on the kitchen counter or in a bathroom where it won’t get lost amidst the sea of other cardboard boxes. 

If you build your PLOF right, moving day should run a little smoother.  I hope it helps.   
 
"Finding your Home Street Home"
Tanya