Is it really that time again? Time to “Hit The Road,” Pack Em’ Up and Move Em’ Out? Well, for most I hope not, but for those few who face the daunting task of moving-never fear. Your bargain buddy is here!
Here are my favorite moving products and companies here in Los Angeles as well as online for those planning on an out-of-state move.
FREE is the best option, but if you just can’t stand the idea of “used” boxes- I have some alternate ideas to share.
SOURCES FOR FREE BOXES:Photo compliments of “outofflorida”
- Liquor Stores (try them right after a busy weekend in the morning) Not only are these colorful, but they are great for books, and the perfect size to keep you from overpacking.
- Tobacco Stores (They always have hundreds of cartons packed in big boxes. These shops are low on storage space and will be more than happy to get rid of them)
- Right outside your house in the alley – To most, this idea sounds repulsive, but recently I snagged 3 wardrobe boxes and dozens of larger hardly used boxes from my new neighbor who was unpacking and ditching the boxes in the alley.
ALMOST FREE:Click on photo to visit site
IT’S IN THE BAG:
These are amazing!! As a matter of fact, I prefer to use these bags over a bulky box any day. Not only can you put anything in them, re-use them, label them, and store clothing in them, but you can pack liquids as well such as cleaning products. They are great for packing loose items and then consolidating several bags in a large box. If you are a last minute packer and the movers are coming at 8:00 am, but you are still scrambling to pack up those last few items- just throw them in a bag and have the movers box them up to transport them- no biggie.
They come in several sizes and varieties depending on your specific needs:
DON’T PACK THE VACUUM YET!
These are truly amazing. All you need is a normal vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, a lot of bulky stuff- clothing, pillows, blankets, heck, I even sealed dog toys and beds, and a Space Bag. These will save you such much space and are easy to use. I went to Target and bought them out of their hanging Space Bags. The cheapest place to purchase is actually online at Ebay.
MOVERS: WHO TO HIRE AND WHO TO FIRE
There are several options, well, more than several and that is why it is important to go straight to the most reliable source when making the decision to hire a moving company, the Better Business Bureau online website. Companies are rated on their performance and for whatever reason they have negative ratings, you will be able to see exactly why they earned the “bottom rung” position.
If you are a Los Angeles local, be sure to check out North Star Moving Company. We recently used them and they were excellent. At $99.00 per hour with a three hour minimum, I was shocked there were no extra “drive time” fees and they finished in 2 1/2 hours. They were professional and worth every penny.
Also, if you are considering a move on the West side near Malibu or Santa Monica, I must tell you about The Malibu Labor Exchange. The Malibu Community Labor Exchange believes that no community, city or country can ignore the existence of poverty. Moved by the reality of poverty even in the midst of affluence, the MCLE has established a day labor hiring site to provide a humane and organized center where the poorest workers in the community have an opportunity to acquire day work that could lead to regular employment and a better future.
BE A MOVER AND A SHAKER
While you may not even have time to think about sorting through items in the midst of moving, if you plan ahead, you can actually lighten your load and help out a great cause in the process. The VVA is a non-profit organization who offers a 24-hour prior reservation to have anything you are willing to donate picked up at your doorstep. It costs you nothing and allows you to give back to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy everyday. You don’t even have to be home and they come rain or shine!
LET’S TALK TAPEPhoto compliments of James Oliver Gallery
Get The Gun- Tape Gun That Is
The tape gun will get you going and keep you rolling- no pun intended. It is great if you don’t want to spend all day cutting pieces of tape and biting it when you misplace your scissors or knife. Spend the $6.00 extra bucks- it is really worth it.
Seal The Deal
This makes taping up all those boxes a little more fun and a lot easier once you are in your new place and the movers didn’t want to read your poor penmanship.Do not be angry that your pots and pans are sitting in your guest bedroom because your little tiny hand-written label was ignored by sweaty movers who care more about their lunch break than where your pots and pans were supposed to go- make it easy on yourself and others.
Here are a few things to help you move smoothly and easily to your new humble abode. Good luck and let me know if you have any other products or resources I need to know about for my future move.
MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
There are so many different apps out there and free online sources to offer you a much needed hand when compiling a list of to-do’s and home inventory as you count down the days before the big move. Check these out:
SHOW AND TELL
How cute are these little C.O.A. cards?! I am just having a fit over them. Check out all kinds of tiny little prints online at Tiny Prints.