IT would be untrue to say that moving is looked forward to with pleasure, but it isaa task which has to be faced and may as well be tackled cheerfully.
Though the actual move is bound to be rather worrying and upsetting, it is usually
well worth while, because a change of surroundings is good for one. There is certain to be an upheaval and apparent muddle, though it should be a tidy muddle, as it is impossible to pack and sort things if they are not properly concentrated. Order and method will help a move to go smoothly, otherwise it is very difficult to make any headway.
Packing China and Glass
To say that you are moving on Monday, does not mean that all the things, just as they are, are to be moved on that day. Actually, the days beforehand are the hardest for those at home. Almost everything othor than heavy articles has to be packed, and china and glass put ready for the removers, who usually come to stow it away in cases the day before. Some people think that they would like to pack the most delicate china and glass themselves, but this is not advisable, because the men sent are experts; they know just the right angle to put everything so as to prevent cracks and breakages. Then, when the cases are packed, they know exactly how to handle them, and in which position they will travel best, and when it comes to the unpacking, they remember where the things are, and how to take them out. Personal Belongings
It is not necessary for articles to be moved from drawers, as these are usually taken out before the furniture is lifted. The drawers should be neatly packed and covered over, after making certain that there is nothing loose and likely to come out. Wardrobes and cupboards must be emptied, as they are heavy without the additional weight of clothes, and the things would be liable to fall out as the men have to open the doors in order to get a Arm grip so that they can carry them.
Trunks are generally used for packing ones personal belongings, though it is advised that all jewellery and valuable silver be put in a case and left at a friends house. Failing this, jour bank manager will put it into the strong-room for a day or two.
Everything to be packed by the men should be concentrated. Decide on a certain ground-floor room where all the china, glass, ornaments, plates, etc., can be tidily packed up. This will save much time, and there will be less likelihood of breakages: incidentally, it will untidy one room instead of two or three. Clocks are best left for the removers to take down and pack.
Linoleums and Carpets
Linoleums, if possible, should be laid the day before moving in. Then furniture can be put straight into place. Carpets should be taken up from the house you are leaving and put at the back of the first pantechnicon, so that they may be unloaded first, and put down before the furniture is taken out. Curtains, if new ones are to be hung, are best put up a day or two before removal. Otherwise, take the curtains down first thing in the morning, and while the men are loading, the person at the new house can occupy her time putting them up.
Unpacking China and Glass
The great thing is to decide beforehand where everything is to go. Someone must be in the hall of the new house, and as the men bring each article, tell them exactly where it is to be placed. A room downstairs should be covered with an old carpet or drugget and left for the china and glass to be unpacked. It is foolish to attempt to get all this washed and put away the same day. So long as the beds are made and the provisions and necessary crockery, etc., ready for use, it is not advisable to stay up half the night tklying up. Go to bed early and you will work better after a good rest.
Remember to keep a few cups, saucers, plates, spoons and knives out, so that while the move is in process, it is possible to have a little refreshment. Tea, milk, tea-pot, kettle and sugar, are most -lecessary. Tea cloths, washing-up mops, and soap are always needed, so if they are put into a handcase, they will be easily found.
Meals on Removal Day
The easiest way of eating is to have iome sandwiches cut and wrapped up in separate packets in grease-proof paper, one packet for each person. Ham, egg, cucumber or anything one fancies majT be used. Cakes and fruit are the least trouble for the sweets. Breakfast on the day of the move and the next day 3hould be easy. Cold ham is invaluable for such occasions. A wash is always refreshing, so arrange to have towels. Flannels and soap near at hand.
The last van is loaded, but there is still room for more. Has everything gone? What about the tool shed? Make sure that the lawn mower, garden chairs and everything that is to go has been put in, as there will not be another opportunity of taking things without additional expense. Lofts, cellars, garages, garden sheds and every conceivable corner must be empty.
The Insurance of Furniture
There are things other than the removal of furniture to think about. Insurance policies must be transferred, or now ones taken out. Furniture has to be insured while actually on the motor-van, but this is usually arranged by the firm who undertake the moving.
Water, gas and electricity should be ready for service in the new house a few day3 before moving, and the various companies told of your departure. If you have the telephone, the local exchange will usually arrange for you to retain the old number, but be sure to give them ample warning regarding the transfer, and also at what time calls should be put through to the new address.
Tradesmen must be instructed, and the Post Office requested to re-addrese letters. Change of address cards must be sent to friends.
Moving, though looked forward to with so much dread, is really not a terrifying task if it is gone about in a business-like and orderly manner. Anticipation is often more enjoyable than the actual event, so reverse this, and look forward to many years of happiness in your new home.
When Articles are Missing
It is quite possible when checking the china and glass that you may discover something is missing – it may be the lid of an article belonging to a trinket set, the stopper of a decanter, or something equally elusive. Do not abandon the idea of finding it. It frequently happens that small things are inadvertently left in the straw which forms the packing of the cases, and are taken back to the vans.
All removal firms of repute have men whose special task is to go through the returned cases and make sure that nothing has been left in them. The writer remembers an occasion when he got very worried and upset during a removal owing to the loss of a tiny article of Worcester porcelain. The following morning, before he had communicated with the firm, he was informed by telephone that the missing article had been found and was being returned by a special messenger.
Storage in a Repository
Should your household effects be sent to a depository for storage, extra care will be needed. Blankets, etc., must be packed with carbon to keep away moths, and linen should be put away free from starch, which is liable to rot the material. Although every precaution is taken, it is not advisable to store jewellery, documents, or other valuables. These are safer in ones own possession or in the bank.