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Title: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 03, 2019, 08:04:53 AM
Is this a common thing? My aunt and I are in the process of packing our entire houseful of stuff, before having the company move it all, and it's a daunting task. Last time we moved, 15 years ago (!), the company packed everything and all we had to do was unpack. I can't imagine having to pack and move everything by ourselves! This whole thing is really making me question how much of my stuff I actually want to keep, knowing that I not only have to pack it all, but also pay for it to be moved. The donation pile is growing exponentially. We were just going to move everything and then have a yard sale once we were settled, but now we're pretty much saying "forget it" and just donating everything to save expense.

So what are your experiences with moving?
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Maximilian on October 03, 2019, 08:18:31 AM
Yes, multiple times. It's not that daunting.

You need someone with good 3-d visualization skills to pack the truck. It's like 3-d Tetris. The tighter it's packed, the less things shift and get damaged along the way.

Throwing out your stuff is a good thing. Get inspired with a copy of Marie Kondo before you pack. Don't move stuff and then get rid of it. Although honestly that happens a lot.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: MundaCorMeum on October 03, 2019, 08:39:53 AM
We have.  It is, indeed, a chore.  But, it's a good opportunity to purge and throw stuff out.  We did have help from family, too.  It wasn't that awful.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Daniel on October 03, 2019, 08:48:51 AM
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Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 03, 2019, 10:08:43 AM
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Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: drummerboy on October 03, 2019, 11:20:13 AM
Yes, multiple times. It's not that daunting.

You need someone with good 3-d visualization skills to pack the truck. It's like 3-d Tetris. The tighter it's packed, the less things shift and get damaged along the way.

Throwing out your stuff is a good thing. Get inspired with a copy of Marie Kondo before you pack. Don't move stuff and then get rid of it. Although honestly that happens a lot.

Clutter's Last Stand is a good one too, that really motivated me to get past my pack rat inclinations.  Moving isn't that bad, its setting everything up again that's the annoying part
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 03, 2019, 12:12:54 PM
Iíve read Clutterís Last Stand and Marie Kondo. I like Kondo more. Iím proud to say that Iíve finished decluttering both my personal possessions (clothes, books, collections) and all of my craft supplies. The results are amazing! But Iíve run out of boxes so Iím at a standstill until we restock.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Heinrich on October 03, 2019, 12:27:10 PM
LOL! Yes. Multiple times.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Maximilian on October 03, 2019, 12:38:55 PM

Iíve read Clutterís Last Stand and Marie Kondo.

Headline in yesterday's Wall Street Journal: "In order to get rid of clutter, first buy a bunch of books"
(referring to the new decluttering genre)
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Maximilian on October 03, 2019, 12:39:47 PM

But Iíve run out of boxes so Iím at a standstill until we restock.

Standstill with decluttering or with packing to move?
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 03, 2019, 12:52:13 PM

But Iíve run out of boxes so Iím at a standstill until we restock.

Standstill with decluttering or with packing to move?

Packing. Decluttering is done, as far as my stuff goes. Iíve been working on it for months.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: The Curt Jester on October 03, 2019, 04:55:40 PM
The last time I moved I got all my stuff transported in two trips with my '95 Honda Civic (smaller than current versions of it).  That was easy.  I also helped my wife move before we were married and that took just one truck and several friends and relatives one day to do.  Same thing when we moved her stuff into our new house.  Packing is rather easy once you get started.  I think moving things up and down stairs is the difficult part.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: aquinas138 on October 03, 2019, 09:01:36 PM
We moved the bulk of our stuff ourselves last year, and hired a few guys for a few hours to move heavy furniture (king size bed, oak dresser, etc.) upstairs. That worked pretty well for us, but if we have to move again while the kids are young, I'll just pay someone to do it all. Honestly, kid-wrangling is the worst part of moving.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Jacob on October 03, 2019, 09:57:07 PM
Honestly, kid-wrangling is the worst part of moving.

When i was a kid, we moved usually in the summers.  Our mom would pack my brother and me off to our grandparents' house for a month-long stay.  We'd leave from the old place and go home to the new place
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Maximilian on October 03, 2019, 11:09:46 PM
Honestly, kid-wrangling is the worst part of moving.

When i was a kid, we moved usually in the summers.  Our mom would pack my brother and me off to our grandparents' house for a month-long stay.  We'd leave from the old place and go home to the new place

Impressive. Sounds like you have a smart mother.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 04, 2019, 07:22:48 AM
I can't believe it. Now my aunt has suddenly decided to let the moving company pack it all. We did all of that packing for nothing!   :madsmiley:
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Gardener on October 04, 2019, 10:31:52 AM
Sometimes you have to start the project to know you should let the pros do it.

I've only had a moving company help once. It was when I was in the Army and owned virtually nothing. Go figure.

Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: aquinas138 on October 04, 2019, 01:01:41 PM
Sometimes you have to start the project to know you should let the pros do it.

I've only had a moving company help once. It was when I was in the Army and owned virtually nothing. Go figure.

I always enjoyed stories of when the military moved my uncle; it would be done incredibly quickly, but they'd pack up ashtrays with butts and ash still in them.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Gardener on October 04, 2019, 04:01:53 PM
Sometimes you have to start the project to know you should let the pros do it.

I've only had a moving company help once. It was when I was in the Army and owned virtually nothing. Go figure.

I always enjoyed stories of when the military moved my uncle; it would be done incredibly quickly, but they'd pack up ashtrays with butts and ash still in them.

I think the company that moved me was Two Men and The Locusts. Was like a whirlwind of efficiency.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Sempronius on October 04, 2019, 04:23:59 PM
I worked a couple of days in a moving company. Most of the co-workers had some problems. One guy just mentioned causally how deep his brother stabbed him with a knife. Most of them didnt like to talk, just wanted to get the day over with..

A close friend of mine that also goes to Church, and we pray the rosary together, works at a moving company and he also had a troubled adulthood with drugs and homelessness. But its good now, thanks to God.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on October 10, 2019, 07:37:09 AM
I can't BELIEVE it!! The house inspection went really badly, and now it looks like the whole thing is going to fall through! We're looking at more houses this afternoon.  :'(
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Gardener on October 10, 2019, 08:01:18 AM
We recently went through quite a ringer on home inspection and purchase woes. We close this coming Monday.

See what the sellers are willing to do. It's their ugly baby. If they want someone to adopt it, they need to fix what's wrong.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Heinrich on October 10, 2019, 09:56:36 AM
Sometimes you have to start the project to know you should let the pros do it.

I've only had a moving company help once. It was when I was in the Army and owned virtually nothing. Go figure.

Ah, but the other moves of you and those was in the company of me(n). I still have not recovered from the Gaelic Warrior's move down the street. Stupid parade and tarantula. 
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: AdTeClamamus on November 17, 2019, 06:48:30 AM
When my parents and I moved from Arkansas to Mississippi back in 1990, we didn't use a moving company. It was very much a daunting task, but we managed to do it.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Heinrich on November 17, 2019, 01:08:21 PM
When my parents and I moved from Arkansas to Mississippi back in 1990, we didn't use a moving company. It was very much a daunting task, but we managed to do it.

Ah, sweet Dixie.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Bernadette on November 17, 2019, 02:18:19 PM
We should have moved ourselves: the moving company damaged thousands of dollarsí worth of property, from furniture to heirlooms.
Title: Re: Has anyone ever moved without using a moving company?
Post by: Gardener on November 17, 2019, 04:39:12 PM
We should have moved ourselves: the moving company damaged thousands of dollarsí worth of property, from furniture to heirlooms.

Document it and raise the issue with the company.