You must label your boxes by room; otherwise, your helpful friends will put all your books in the kitchen and your panini maker in the en-suite. Send your plants, pets and valuables in a separate vehicle. Focus on cleaning bathrooms first and then hit the kitchen. Try to mop or vacuum before the big furniture arrives and prioritize setting up your bedroom, so you have somewhere to collapse at day’s end. To prevent the house from resembling a cardboard fort, delegate concrete tasks!
Get your tech-savvy pal to set up your TV and sound system.
Draw straws for someone to do bathroom detail.
Assign an Allen-key wizard to set up your bed and assemble bookshelves.
If dishes have been wrapped in newspaper, have someone wash and shelve them.
Ask someone to walk an anxious dog or direct box traffic to the appropriate room.
A moving menu
Fill a cooler with energy drinks, water and beer (if you want your help to be enthusiastic).
Have quickly-inhaled snacks at the ready, like bananas, yogurt, granola bars and trail mix.
Set up a DIY substation with buns, sliced meat, cheese, pickles and a few squeezable condiments.
Pizza is always king on moving day but if you want to go fancier for your crew, pick up a deli chicken, a baguette, and a few sides.
If your propane tank is full, throw sausages or burgers on the grill and have your very first backyard BBQ. Invite your neighbours!