You are a Packing Pro Now11/20/2017 Packing for Your Move in Dallas ---Now You are the Pro Now that you have used a gigantic mound of boxes and tape, your garage resembles a distribution center, and you are eating off of with forks you took from the fast food joint, the uncomplicated part is over. Now that you are all packed up, a day or two ahead of moving day, it's time to work on the last few items. You will most likely need to have a ladder for this part, along with the tools outlined in our last post. If you have had large window coverings you will likely need some wood filler, in addition. If you are doing a do-it-yourself move, you'll 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 quite a while, and you need to plan for that if you are going to handle it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar should help keep you on track, 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 worst blunders you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is to overweight boxes. Books are the worst offender; they are usually small in size but they're heavy. 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 area with the books themselves. The Day Before M-Day in Dallas Since the big day is tomorrow, it's time to work on the pantry and the fridge. Unless you are moving locally, you should probably take all the unopened non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can pack perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like everything else--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time? Movers usually want the art and mirrors covered 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 truck. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you're moving yourself. If you assembled any of your furniture, now is when you should dismantle it. Most furniture can be deconstructed 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 tape it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to go to the hardware store up the street. It is not a bad idea to take photos of the hardware just in case something gets misplaced--and it will. Box up your cleaning supplies and plan to take them to the new residence in your automobile--the chemicals can't go on the truck. Cover furniture in the moving blankets and make sure the blankets stay put with the plastic wrap. The wrap won't scratch finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around. Moving Day in Dallas If you've spent the final night in your house, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, since your beds have been disassembled. You have also packed a small bag with necessities for the day since all your clothes are in boxes. Put your linens and towels in a large box or bag, and off you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a big move could take multiple days. The movers will likely be at your house first thing and ready to get going—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It's going to be a tiring 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 home—particularly when you can find the coffee pot.