We all know that hiring movers can make the entire moving process go much smoother. However, it typically comes at a pretty high cost. So, many of us opt to skip the huge price tag and rope our friends into helping us move instead. But, while the labor is free, it’s usually not extremely efficient or well-organized. After all, how much can you expect from people when they’re being payed with pizza and beer? Here are some tips you can implement to bring a system and some structure to your moving day. Get ready to turn your group of friends into a well-organized moving team!
1. Develop a plan
Since it’s your moving day, all of your friends will look to you for direction about what they should be doing. But, it can be difficult to provide clear instructions if you don’t know what to do yourself! Before your moving day, sit down and formulate a plan. Are there things that need to be moved first? Are there certain things that you want to be responsible for handling? Will your friends come across parking issues? How many entrances and exits will you be working with? Be thorough when working out your plan to ensure that your moving day runs as smoothly as possible!
2. Start with a meeting
Forming a plan is one thing. But, it’s important that your friends are in the loop on it too! Before jumping right in and starting to haul things, start with a quick meeting with your friends. Inform them about any important pieces of information they should know, as well as let them know your basic vision of how things will work. This will guarantee that you’re all on the same page, making it much easier to work together!
3. Assign specific tasks
The phrase “too many cooks in the the kitchen” definitely applies when it comes to moving. If you have too many people trying to work on the same project, you can start to step on each other’s toes (literally!). So, give everybody a specific duty that they’re responsible for. Maybe your strong friend is responsible for hauling boxes to the door, your other muscular pal carries the boxes from the door to the moving truck, and your methodical friend organizes the boxes on the moving truck. Your lazy friend that’s only there for the free food? They can hold the door.
4. Express your gratitude
Moving is stressful, and it can be all too easy to snap into a demanding, bossy persona. Try to keep in mind that all of your friends are giving up their time to help you, without getting much in return. So, take a deep breath, try not to get frustrated, and remember to thank them profusely. After all, if you ever need to move again, you’ll probably still want their help.
Using help from your friends instead of professional movers is a great way to save some cash! However, ensuring that things are efficient and well-organized is a totally separate challenge. Use these tips for a moving day that is as close to seamless as possible!
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