Moving Day Chaos

Avoid Chaos on Moving Day

Moving Day Chaos - Moving ForwardSo many things can go wrong, small things and big things.  Most of us think we have figured out how to avoid the big problems and do a pretty good job of it.

However, the little things that still create chaos on moving day.

Moving day can seem like the “Perfect Storm!”

Let me tell you about Ann’s mother’s china closet.  She is incredibly proud of that china closet.   It has been in her home for fifty years.  The items inside reflect years of collecting and treasuring.

It is a lovely piece of furniture, with curved glass doors and lights inside to show off the treasures.  Her new home had been selected because there was the perfect place for this china closet.  Ann and her sister took pictures of the contents before removing and carefully packing each piece using tissue and peanuts to avoid breakage.

The movers arrived, carefully wrapped the cabinet and moved it to her new apartment.  It arrived with the glass doors intact and was carefully refilled with her treasures.  The pictures helped them place the items into their “proper” places.  She stood back and admired the refilled china closet.  But there was one minor problem.  The lights were not on.

That is when the realization hit.  There was a cord from the china closet that had to be plugged into the wall outlet.  Where was the wall outlet?  Was there a wall outlet?  What if it was behind the china closet? Oh no!!!

Moving Day - Retirement DownsizingFor three horrible seconds Ann wondered if they would have unload the entire cabinet to move it so the cord could reach the outlet.

Three horrible seconds until Ann reached the other side of the furniture and saw to her intense relief, a humble electrical outlet perfectly positioned for use.


Avoid chaos on Moving Day by locating the important outlets ahead of time!  That doesn’t mean only the electrical outlets.  Remember that  your fax machine needs a phone jack?  The TV needs to be near a cable jack.  Do you want a phone or TV in your bedroom?  Locate the jacks ahead of time to avoid unpleasant surprises on moving day.

At Moving Forward, we do this all the time.  Part of helping clients plan their move is to help them decide where to place furniture.  That includes locating appropriate outlets.  Usually it works out, but sometimes it means contacting the cable company for example and getting a new outlet.  If this is done ahead of time, you can avoid chaos on moving day.

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