From the Diary of a Compulsive Mover

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How a lot people have lived the life of a nomad, moving to newer destinations every few decades, adding to the already existing inventory, holding dearly to the older worthless stuff and moving on again. Well when the inevitable move knocks on your door every year, after a few transfers you’re quite an expert at it all. 1. The day you move into your new place open up a Recurring Deposit as low or high as you want with your bank. The deposit over your period of your tenure would leave you with enough money to cater to costs associated with the bag-baggage and self move when its time just once again. Try it, it is going to save you a lot of unnecessary stressing!2. Get proper wooden crates to your bigger fragile electronics like your fridge, tv, washing machine etc..3. Have all your boxes numbered. Get all your locks and their various keys labeled with the box amounts. This may be as effortless as card board tags dangling from every key with the box number scribbled with waterproof ink on it.4. Down into the packing front. Keep the following in mindA) Start with matters you are not going to need instantly at your new destination e.g. the decorative pieces on your living space.B) Do remember the climate in the destination, if its expected to be bright and sunny you can pack up all the woolens and vice-versa.5. ALWAYS have a little package with the minimal bare essentials from your kitchen to allow you set up a small kitchenette at your new location to cater to fussy toddlers and once in a while adventures for your own self. Things like a tiny skillet, a little pressure cooker plus a few saucepans. Perhaps even just a little sugar, tea leaves and some legumes, rice, flour and a couple of condiments in small zip lock components so you can lose out on a rush to the grocery store also. The mini box opens and you are able to cook a simple meal or even a cup of tea on your own. Trust me it’ll help.6. Try and have a garage sale of all of the things you have not used in past two tenures and for the ones which you feel you’re unlikely to utilize. It can be a little hard to part with them at times but it is going to go a long way clearing up the mess and maybe even allow you to feel a bit less guilty on your overindulgence with keeping pace with the latest in trend.7. The key to not ending up with broken stuff would be to pack them tightly with no space in between for them to move from where they have been tucked away of movement on a weathered terrain during transport.8. It’s almost always a fantastic idea to recycle old newspapers and poly bags, yet another fantastic use is to store them and possess them shred to be used as packing material for cushioning and also to fill gaps between posts to prevent their movement and breakage.9. It is a wise idea to have a wooden box lined with felt for permanent use as your crockery box.10. Another trick is to have plastic sheets repaired /nailed to the lids of these boxes to safeguard water seepage in the top in a worst case scenario.11. Ensure you pack all the breakables like your crockery, paintings, living room accessories from wooden boxes instead of trunks or card board boxes. Wooden boxes are somewhat lesser prone to breakages and offer much better protection to the stuff inside.12. Quite similarly the books and clothing items should rather go into a trunk as opposed to a wooden box for obvious reasons!13. An extremely useful lesser known tip is to pack your full plates and quarter plates vertically with cushioning in between each. This can be largely averted by packaging these plates vertically instead of horizontally14. The above is also true for packaging paintings, which should also ideally be packaged standing vertically preferably at a wooden box.15. Consider wrapping your crockery in your clothes items. Consider filling up larger utensils with grocery and so on, its an effective space management tip.16. Don’t have your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine working until the last minute, if you don’t allow the moisture inside dry up there’s every possibility of you finding unwanted odour and even fungus when you open them up.17. Utilize the space inside these larger electrical appliances too, e.g. you can package your cushions within your refrigerator which even forbid the racks from moving skelter within the refrigerator. Before you do this please be sure that the fridge is dried.18. It’s a must to have lists for every single box with details of this inventory packed inside. Have another in another folder. This does wonders for knowing where to look for that which,without delays.Happy packing… Happy moving and Joyful unpacking folks! Remember it is the rolling stones which collect no moss afterall!Shubhani Pathak, an avid runner, indulging in creative writing for almost two decades now.

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