You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Atlanta ---Now You are the Pro Now that you've gone through a mountain of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you're dining on paper plates with forks leftover from your last fast food meal, the simple part is over. Now that you're all packed up, a day or two ahead of moving day, it's time to work on the last few items. You will probably require a ladder for the next to-do items, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had large window coverings you might need some wood filler, also. If you're DIY moving, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting. Be Flexible and Plan Ahead Packing for a relocation takes a long time, and you should plan for that if you're going to do a DIY move. A large dry-erase calendar should help keep you on schedule, and you can edit it as needed. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and staying organized with steps 1 and 2 should make step 3 a lot less stressful. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is to overweight boxes. Books are a huge culprit; they're normally not large but they weigh a lot. Four or five hardbacks is adequate 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 Prior to Moving Day in Atlanta Considering the big day is tomorrow, it is time to get going on the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, your best bet is to take all the unopened non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can place perishables in coolers with dry ice, but food is a lot like your other items--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time? Movers frequently want the art and mirrors wrapped in bubble wrap or crated before they load them. If not, you still need to pad each piece (flannel sheets, beach towels, etc. work great between pieces) and move them in your car instead of the moving van. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you're moving yourself. If you assembled any of your furniture, now is when you should disassemble it. Most furniture can be dismantled with 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 pay a visit to the hardware store around the corner. It is not a bad idea to take photos of the hardware in the event that something gets lost--and it will. Pack up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new home in your vehicle--the chemicals can't go on the truck. Cover furniture with the moving blankets and make sure the blankets stay put with the shrink wrap. The wrap won't ding finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Atlanta If you've spent the final night in your residence, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, since your beds have been dismantled. You have also packed a small suitcase with necessities for the day since all your clothes are in boxes. Place your linens and towels in a big box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a large move could take multiple days. They will likely be at your house first thing and ready to get going—the timeclock starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It is going to be a strenuous 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.