How do you move toys and kids’ rooms? You may be surprised to hear this, but there are children in this world who will throw a fit if they lose their toys. And moving day is asking for toy losses.
Take this boy, on the popular blog-turned-book, Reasons My Son Is Crying: He is mad because he threw his toys out of his pen, and now he has no more toys to play with.
Imagine the tantrum and heartbreak that will ensue if, during a move, you lose your child’s favourite bunny or blanket! Disaster! And no, buying a replacement probably won’t work (them little munchkins are so smart!).
But I mean, realistically, toy-moving is going to mean purging at some level, right? You know the clean-up is coming. So there must be some decent and reasonable ways to do this with your kid.
Ok, so, how do parents safely, carefully and with caution move their child’s toys and play rooms?
Before moving day, ask your child to organize their toys and decide what they don’t want anymore
We hear your giggles. You think this won’t work. But you’d be surprised. There are kids who can understand that they don’t want old stuff anymore (like toys that are actually for ‘babies’). And, if you show them that their toys may help another kid be happy, they may want to donate them. There are also children who will help you pack!
If you’re having a hard time with this, you could go the desperate-parent route and incentivize them with newer (but fewer!), better toys after they move. Or a new bunk bed.
But first, you need to organize the toys.
First things first: we are guessing that while toys may be sprawled everywhere around the house, they probably do have a spot. Or so the theory goes.
Try to clean up, so that toys are in their bins and boxes and on their proper shelves.
Next, go through the picks of keeps and throw-aways.
You’re going to find broken pieces and mysterious pieces of toys that look like they belong to other toys. Ask what they are if you’re not sure (in case you render a Transformer or train set useless by accident). But if they’re truly garbage, start a recycling bin.
Bundle the small piece toys – like legos blocks, or beads – into zip lock bags or small plastic containers with lids.
Now, your toy room should be sort-of-good-enough organized for packing.
Ok, now imagine how dirty your child’s other toys. Maybe there is mould on the inside. Maybe there are just gross germs on the outside. Or maybe you’ll be bringing sick germs with you to your new home after you move – and no one wants that. HealthLink BC has an article on cleaning toys, because it’s that important. If you don’t like the idea of using bleach or chemicals, there are natural cleaning solutions available online. The DIY mom bloggers can help you with that.
Now, you could argue that toys will get dirty during the move. That’s fine. You can clean them after you arrive at your new home. But chances are, the kids will want to play with their toys right away, and you’ll have a lot of other things on your mind too.
Try picking up plastic bins with sealable lids that you can place all the clean toys in. Remember to keep the contents of these ‘toy moving bins’ completely dry, to avoid a mould situation like that mentioned above. This is especially so if you are doing a long-distance move.
Identify toys that can sell as antiques before packing them for a move, or throwing them away
We’re not talking about Beanie Babies. There are toys that are actually worth money.
Next, it’s time to read up on how to spot the toys that could be valuable for some extra change in your pocket.
Don’t forget: the kid has to be ok with this. Or you will have bigger problems to deal with. Like a heartbroken child. Recall when Woody accidentally ended up in the garage sale in Toy Story 2? So sad.
If you think you’ve got an old toy that has been passed down, that you don’t have an emotional attachment to, you may want to call some professionals in for an appraisal. Or, you can start of by doing some reading. For example, these articles:
Now, if you’re feeling a bit amused that there are die-hard toy collectors out there. Don’t be. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. People sell antique jeans for thousands of dollars too.
Get the right packing material for toys
Toys can break in transit, especially if they are tossed around a lot. Do not crush Barbie heads due to bad packing. Somebody will get upset.
If you have it, you can use original packing of toys. But you likely won’t have thought to keep these around. It’s ok. You can use bubble wrap, or wrap them in clothes or cloths. Or, pack the plastics with the plush toys.
You also want to avoid toys getting wet – especially stuffed animals. That can be hard to clean. So again – consider plastic bins. The bins can be re-used as toy organizers when you arrive at your new home after your move.
To conclude: packing and moving toys is no small feat!
As you can see, toys need a lot of consideration. They may be meaningless to you, but they have a lot of meaning to your child. Or to an antique collector (let’s hope so, right?!).
When you pack toys to move, be sure to do so in a way that will ensure the longevity of the toys, which will help your wallet in the future. We know that must be motivating to do it right.
When you work for a company, and they ask you to move in Canada to take a new position in another city, you may get a relocation package. Relocation packages can come in the form of stipends for moving, salary bonuses, temporary housing, long distance moving services covered by the company, or other help getting settled in to your new home (and life!).
Relocation packages can include temporary accommodation, or company housing
Sometimes, people who have to relocate for their jobs are put up in a home paid for by the company – for them and their family. It might be cheaper for the company than paying for you to travel a lot on business.
If you are asked to find the accommodation, for reimbursement later, check out our article on this topic here:
You can negotiate your relocation package when moving in Canada
You may not realize this, but if your company is asking you to move long distance, they probably really want to keep you. That means you can ask for a custom relocation package. Of course, don’t go overboard. But for instance, if you need to take your family with you to check out houses before moving, you can ask for that. They may pay for that trip.
Relocation packages can include a lot you may not be thinking of. It’s not just the long distance move they’ll cover, or the housing and storage needs. A company may help your spouse get a job, pay for child care services, or even cover language training.
The point is to think about what you will need before and after the move, so you can ask the company for compensation in your relocation package. Not all will be willing to go that far, but it’s worth asking, and worth making a case. After all, you’d be uprooting your life to work for them.
While relocation packages may have become rare due to recent economic downturns, they are not totally abolished as a reasonable concept among businesses.
As an article linked to above notes, always maintain receipts of the cost of your move. Even if that includes meals paid for while road tripping with a trailer across the country. Track all of it. It may be needed when calculating the stipend a company will reimburse you for.
You can search for jobs with companies that offer relocation packages, if you want to move in Canada
It may sound sly, but if you are job hunting, and also would like a change of scenery, there isn’t a lot stopping you from finding job postings with companies that are willing to pay you to move.
One way to do this is to visit a job website, and type in the word “relocation” in your search. You can get results where the company is actually advertising a relocation package as part of their job offer.
You can also google a company you want to work for, and then also type in the word “relocation” to see if they have job openings on the web that include these packages.
However, these can be few and far between.
Other times, the company may not advertise their relocation package policies so directly. If you know someone within the company, they may be able to give you an inside scoop on typical relocation packages. If the company has an HR department, you might be able to randomly call in to ask if they offer these incentives to eligible applicants.
Other times, you’ll just need to apply for the job you want. Then if you get selected, ask – in a professional way – if they can offer you help with your business move. If they see you are highly qualified, and a rare hire, it may just work out.
When you’re ready to move to another city in Canada, give us a shout! We can help you with the long-distance move, as well as temporary storage of your belongings until you get settled. Our storage comes in portable containers, which means your goods can be shipped when you want them, without unnecessary unloading.
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The checklist above doesn’t mean you don’t have to pack! It’s just a list of things other than packing that you have to take care of when you move. You might soon realize there is more to it than you think (or remember from last time), and planning in advance is key!
Whether you use the ones we found above, or make your own with modified checkboxes, this is a handy tool to make sure your mail and bills are going to the right place after you move. You can save so much hassle by doing this. And, you might be able to save money by not going with a forwarding address service, since you’ll have told everyone who needs to know what your new address is.
Checklists for monthly and weekly stages of packing before a move
These checklists help you identify the things you really, really could be packing up early. They lead up to the things you use more often as the moving day gets closer. Planning a move in advance will save you so much stress compared to packing all at once a week before you move. You’d be surprised how much stuff you actually have when you start packing, and how many boxes they could take to fill up!
When you move, especially out of a rental, you’ll need to prep the place for the new tenants. Hopefully your next home will have been cleaned out by its previous dwellers, as an equal courtesy to you. But cleaning when you move can reveal a lot of messy areas you’ve been ‘hiding’ unintentionally with your stuff. There is dirt you probably don’t even see on a daily basis. Or, there could be dirt and dust you didn’t mind living with, but no one else would find acceptable (our ‘own’ dirt just feels cleaner, doesn’t it?). So you’ll want to give this one time. And make sure you’ve checked off all the boxes in the above list, to save on your damage deposit!
Speaking of clean up, when you get packing, you’ll notice you need to tidy out your stuff by decluttering. Otherwise, you’ll be moving unnecessary items to your new home, creating more of a mess. But it’s hard to know what to bring and what to toss. The checklist above is a great help to get you started.
You’ll also want to check out our article on minimalism for this one, which may have more resources and inspiration for you to start your decluttering checklist:
When you arrive at your new home after moving, and all you see are boxes and boxes of stuff, it’s hard to know where to begin unpacking. Take it one step at a time. The checklist above guides you through your first night in your new home. For example, you need toilet paper and eating utensils for sure. So start with that!
Printable planning checklists for moving, to cover all the things you didn’t think of
Checklists that you can print off are probably the greatest idea since sliced bread, don’t you think? The ones above include budget spreadsheets, and a sheet for writing down names and price quotes of moving companies. Very handy.
The checklist you need to make on your own: the unpacking list
Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of these on Pinterest (that we could find) – probably because most of the stress is getting moved out on time, and that’s where checklists come in handy. Plus, you know what you need most when unpacking. That said, there are plenty of lifehacks for moving on Pinterest that can help you make your own unpacking list.
We hope you enjoyed these helpful resources from our Delta movers!
Keep in mind some of these moving articles were published recently, and so the fact they made it to this list part way through the year is impressive! They may get more and more popular as we progress through our calendar in 2016. Share the ones you find most interesting!
In ascending order, ourmost popular articles for 2016 thus far are…
18. Black Bear Fears for North Vancouver, West Vancouver, or the Tri-cities?
In this article we delve into something most people probably don’t think about when picking a place to move in Metro Vancouver: the black bears! When you move more North, you’re more likely to run into these wild animals, especially in places you least expect, like your backyard or other local areas. If you have a phobia for black bears, or just want to avoid the dangers of animal sightings where you keep your household garbage, you may want to check this article out:
17. Moving large appliances: How to move a refrigerator
You think it’s simple, right? But it’s not! Refrigerators are not just giant boxes that magically keep things cold! They have working components – even ones that contain liquids – that need to be kept upright. Plus, they’re heavy, and you may want to take some precautionary steps when preparing to move a refrigerator. Our article explains this in more detail:
16. Moving Hacks: Lifehacks that Make Moving Easier
You’ve heard of lifehacks right? Well, we put together some ‘moving hacks’ for you to try. And, not only that, we thought of Vancouver moving families in particular! Like the consideration of labelling in pencil, so that ink doesn’t run if you move on a rainy Vancouver day. Neato, huh? Check out our other life hacks for moving here:
The words “scam” and “movers” seem to go together a lot in the media. But you know, it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes you just need to take some ordinary precautions, while also ensuring you’re using a reputable moving company. And, finding out if a moving company is reputable is not difficult to do. This article explains how to avoid being scammed on your next move:
14. 3 ideas for repurposing used moving pallets after you move in Vancouver
Pinterest and DIY-lovers will feel their creative juices running when they see this article (so share it with them!). And they will probably know about more what can be done with the ever versatile used wood from moving palettes. It seems topics that have the word “repurpose” in them can often run you a moving palette project. We put together three of those projects in this article on ourmoving blog. And hey, when you move, it’s always a good idea to reduce waste, right? So even if you’re new at repurposing or doing DIY projects, you can get started with these ones!
So you’re deciding whether to move, or you may be shopping for a home, but all of a sudden, the way the home is built is starting to matter. Because you realize, this could have an impact on the daily life you live, and the long-term durability of your home. So which is better, concrete or wood? Well, there are arguments to both sides of the debate, and in this article we go through them. We help you make your own choice, based on your priorities:
It’s pretty neat this one made our list, since it was published not too long ago. I guess it attests to the interest of humans far and wide to save a buck or two! And don’t we all love to save! Dollar stores these days carry some really interesting items. Often they have items you wouldn’t think of going to a dollar store to buy. In this article, we give you some tips on what to buy from the dollar store for your next home move:
Also a cool article to be on this list because it was published recently, and is already gaining traction for ourmoving blog. IKEA is obviously popular when it comes to value-priced home furnishings. But you know, IKEA’s product line goes much further than that. Sometimes you can walk through the IKEA marketplace and totally miss the fact that they sell things like inexpensive power tools, moving dollies and cardboard boxes, plus more. In this article we outline the IKEA knick knacks you’ll probably be able to use for moving. Plus there are perks of doing so at the ever-so-fun-to-visit giant big box store (like a good excuse for retail therapy!):
Surrey is a suburb of Metro Vancouver, and moving to Surrey is becoming quite popular as option for urban dwellers who want a more affordable, yet still-vibrant place to live. In this article we outline 3 of the best reasons to move to Surrey, B.C. And you’d be surprised, there are not only new developments and attractions for families, but also bylaws that affect the city which you may want to know about. Check them out in this article:
9. How to Prevent Silverfish: Tips for Vancouver Movers
Bugs are gross for many people, and you know what bugs we see often in Vancouver? Silverfish. Those wiggly creatures can be super annoying, and knowing how to prevent them before moving in Vancouver is an essential skill all Vancouverites should have! Even if your neighbours have them, you can try to prevent them, and we explain how in this article:
8. Overnight Moving Services: Top 6 Questions Renters Need To Ask Moving Companies Before Moving
Renting can come with a lot less headache than home ownership. But it can also come with unexpected surprises. Like confusing move-in and move-out dates. Sometimes, the way dates and leases work, you’ll need to plan for an overnight moving service. This is because if your existing lease ends on the last day of the month, but the new one starts on the 1st, you could have a moving truck full of stuff with nowhere to unload for an entire night! So, to prevent that, here are 6 questions you need to ask a moving company if you are a renter, and planning to hire professional movers:
We know there’s a TV show on this, and TV can sensationalize things a lot. But on the other hand, it can also bring to light some issues that we don’t often think of. If you know a hoarder, you’ll know by now that handling the need to move and get rid of stuff while doing so is not as easy as telling them to ‘pick up and go.’ Awareness of mental illness is at play here. In this article, we cover the signs of hoarding, as well as some tips on how to help a hoarder move:
6. Moving Music Studio Equipment, Relocating Instruments Safely
If you’re a musician, you know that taking care of your instrument is vital to maintaining its lifespan and making sure your creative expression sounds the best it can sound. Somoving music studio equipment from one location to another requires utmost attention to detail, including proper casing and humidity prevention. If you’re a musician, you’ll definitely want to show this article to any professional mover, or friends helping you move. This is because they may just not understand why it matters a lot that things are done a certain way when moving musical studio equipment or instruments. So share this link!
5. Tiny House in Metro Vancouver: Difficulties and Solutions
This article is a follow up on a more positive view of moving into a tiny house, which we wrote about here. But honestly, tiny house living can be hard. It looks awesome and cool if you want mobility and a minimalist lifestyle. But realistically you probably have a lot more stuff than can comfortably fit in a tiny home. And it doesn’t stop there! Having a tiny house in Vancouver means finding a legal place to park it, and also a way to hook yourself up to utilities. You’ll want to know what you’re getting into before you decide to build or buy a tiny house and live in it. We discuss these challenges in this article:
When you read this title, you may be thinking, ‘well that’s specific!’ And it is. But you know, these are the tricky things that come up when moving. And having an expert on hand is what can make the difference between a smooth move, and a rough one. It’s not always as simple as lift, carry and drop. Special items like safes need to be moved with care and awareness. And so it’s no wonder people like reading this particular moving advice on our blog:
Here is yet another specific one, and it comes in on the top 3! Pool tables are super sensitive. If you tamper with the table in any wrong way, it can become unleveled. That would make any pool game a totally not legit one. And thus, that would be a waste of a pool table, or an expensive and difficult thing to fix. If you have insurance, you need to be even more careful, because the way you handle the move of a pool table can affect any coverage you may be eligible for. Somoving a pool table requires some TLC (tender loving care). Read more about how to move a pool table here:
2. How to Move a Shed: Surrey Movers, Professional Moving Tips
If you really love your shed and don’t want to part with it instead of getting a new one at your new home, you’re going to want to know how to move it. And how to move the stuff inside of it (which we realize, are the not type of things that can be easily or cheaply replaced). This article gives you some detail on how to move a shed:
Our top read moving article: Moving from Vancouver to Victoria
Yes folks, this is the one that gets the most reads on ourmoving blog. People moving from Vancouver to Victoria apparently come around often. Hey, you may be one of them, or know some of them. It’s an enticing move in either direction – you can either escape city busy life to a nearby island (who gets to do that these days, really! right?) or you can make the move to urban-inity in Vancouver from Victoria. Either way, you’re most likely going to get to one shore or another by boat with all your belongings. So there are logistics to know beforehand. We outline them in this short, but sweet, article:
There’s been a lot of attention given to hoarding, especially now that there have been some primetime shows featuring this problem. For anyone not familiar with this issue, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Many of us tend to have some difficulty letting go of things or throwing them away, but hoarding takes that practice to the next level. Needless to say, this can make it incredibly hard to move. So today, we’re going over some tips that can help a hoarder move.
Understanding hoarding as a mental illness
At its most basic level, hoarding is characterized as having a difficulty with getting rid of old stuff. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, or ADAA, says major anxiety often accompanies the thought of throwing something away. Anxiety treat with www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/xanax.html. Depression, attention deficit disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder are also related conditions and can be found in a person who hoards.
Keep in mind that it’s normal for you to feel a little scared about getting rid of old stuff. This apprehension becomes hoarding when this starts getting in the way of your life. For example, the above ADAA article says that “a lack of functional living space is common among hoarders.” While it’s still not clear exactly what causes hoarding, there are some symptoms that the Mayoclinic.org lists as red flags.
Storing so much stuff in areas like kitchens or bathrooms that these rooms become impossible to use
Piling up garbage to the point it can endanger the health of those who live in the house
Keeping or collecting things which clearly have no use, like rotting trash
Hoarding to the point that it becomes socially isolating — for example people have been known to ‘disappear’ and stay in their homes for long periods of time
Feeling extreme, overwhelming anxiety at the thought of throwing away objects with no tangible value
You can view the full list here, but keep in mind this guide is not a replacement for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you think you or a loved one has this condition, please see a doctor. Do not diagnose yourself.
How to help a hoarder move
While again, this advice is not intended to replace the guidance of a trained professional, there are some things that can help a hoarder move.
Negotiate a middle ground — This blog post by the daughter of a compulsive hoarder says it’s best to figure out a way to compromise. Sometimes it can be impossible to convince a hoarder to throw things away before moving. So in those cases, the only option may be to find a compromise. Try suggesting a method to organize their possessions while reminding them that you are not throwing anything away without their permission. In some cases, you might have to suggest they use public storage to hold their items during a move. Keep in mind that may not be a great long-term solution, but sometimes it’s all that can be done.
Don’t force a hoarder to throw things away before moving — An xojane.com article chronicles what happens when someone tries to force hoarders to throw things away — it can backfire. In the case of the writer of this article, the person with the condition simply hid the thrown items and replaced them. Instead, talk to them and ask them why they are keeping each item. Collaboration rather than confrontation may be a better solution.
Suggest that they get help — The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has guidelines to staging an intervention that may come in handy for your loved one. Again, the emphasis is not on imposing your will on the person you suspect to have a hoarding disorder. Instead, try collaborating with them and suggest they seek assistance for hoarding before moving.
Don’t give up! Helping a person with a mental health problem requires patience
Like many things in life, the progress to recovering from a mental health problem is filled with bumps. Some progress can be made, followed by regression. Don’t lose patience. And remember, try to focus on the condition as the problem — not the person! It’s easier said than done, but this mindset can prevent you from taking the inevitable slights personally.
Also, we at Ferguson Moving in Vancouver BC have helped people move in tricky scenarios — we might be able to help with a complicated moving situation, so give us a call at 604-922-2212. If we can’t help directly, we can always give a good referral.
Vancouver Movers Guide, by Ferguson Moving & Storage