The Worst Mistakes We Made Moving

Mary Katharine Ham & Lyndsey Fifield are both at pretty big life change points and reflecting on all the times they moved, broken valuables, lost heirlooms, you know… basically this is a what not to do tutorial—with a little SEC football and basic-fall-love sprinkled in like just the right amount of nutmeg on your pumpkin spice lattes. Haters: bring it. Thanks to the lovely folks at Hillsdale College for letting us record in the Kirby Center!

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  1. Patrick McClure Coolidge

    Ladies, most of the LB pods I enjoy. But I had to stop this one halfway through. No insult intended, it was lowering my testosterone level. This was the first time I’ve thought “Too girly for me”. Have a good weekend.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 8:47 AM PDT
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  2. Stad Coolidge

    We aren’t moving from our house, but we are moving from our bathroom because we’re getting it remodeled. So far, I’ve filled up one 13 gallon trash bag full of stuff to throw away.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 9:07 AM PDT
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  3. Barry Jones Thatcher

    Helpful hint – get moving insurance – in ADDITION to the moving company insurance. Moving insurance can be had as a rider to your homeowner’s or renter’s policy. Remember 3 moves equals a fire as far a damage and breakage goes. Stuff happens during a move (I remember passing an Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer rig on the side of the highway a while ago…it was burned to the axles and a friend of mine on a cross country move had her entire shipment go missing. Never to be found and the moving company delivered a check instead…after 6 months. Moving company insurance is usually so many cents per pound which doesn’t replace much, hence get the moving insurance rider. It isn’t expensive and is just for the duration of the move. 

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    • September 27, 2019, at 9:24 AM PDT
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  4. Barry Jones Thatcher

    Oh yeah…where/why is Mary Katherine moving? One of my favorite folks so I ask…

    • #4
    • September 27, 2019, at 9:27 AM PDT
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  5. Chris Gregerson Member
    Chris Gregerson Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Yes, you are over thinking moving. The recommendation on labeling boxes with destination room and contents is key. It will drive the entire organization of the move. The movers charge by weight so as you make keep/trash decisions keep weight in mind. 

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    • September 27, 2019, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  6. Full Size Tabby Member

    Re having a box with stuff you need the first night and day: When he moved a coworker neatly packed his clothes into separate boxes, shirts in one box, pants in another, socks in another, underwear in another, etc. It didn’t dawn on him until he had to get ready for work Monday morning that meant he had to open every box to put together an outfit for work (our office was a suit and tie office). 

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    • September 27, 2019, at 12:10 PM PDT
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  7. Full Size Tabby Member

    Moving into space already occupied by one of the marriage partners does pose certain physical and psychological complications. At least by not moving your furniture, you eliminate one of the complications.

    Mrs. Tabby and I were just coming out of our parents’ houses when we got married, so all of our combined stuff fit into a single borrowed pick-up truck. Stuff multiplied over the years. After a few corporate-paid moves in which we moved everything, upon retirement we moved at our own expense into a much smaller house (3000 sq ft + basement, 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3.5 car garage into 1850 sq ft, no basement, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage). Before moving we got rid of at least one-third of what we owned, and were able to fit into a 40 foot moving van.

    I found a new user for our used moving boxes by putting an ad on Craigslist (I offered them for free).

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    • September 27, 2019, at 12:26 PM PDT
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    While getting rid of so much stuff prior to our post-retirement move to a much smaller house, I had continuing fears that I was getting rid of something that would later turn out to have significant value – maybe monetary, but more likely value as a piece of family history to our children or grandchildren. I kept telling myself that most of these things were meaningful to me only because I had a connection with the thing, and they (our children and grandchildren) don’t have those connections, so they probably wouldn’t attach the meaning to the things that I do. But I still worry about whether there will be pieces missing of history should descendants go looking for their history.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 12:35 PM PDT
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  9. Stad Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    Moving into space already occupied by one of the marriage partners does pose certain physical and psychological complications. At least by not moving your furniture, you eliminate one of the complications.

    My wife and I both owned houses in the same subdivision. After we got married, I sold my house and moved in with her because her house was bigger. We had the master bedroom, a second bedroom I used as a home office, and a third bedroom which was where all my furniture and other stuff got crammed. Her cat really loved that third bedroom . . .

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    • September 28, 2019, at 5:59 AM PDT
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  10. Steve Wolsefer Member

    Helpful hint: Buy colored paper. Give each room a color. Then tape a piece of paper to the box that is the color for the room. No need for labeling. Just take the paper color to the correct room. This is also helpful for kids who can’t read. They would know that the green color goes to the Den, etc.

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    • September 29, 2019, at 6:46 AM PDT
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  11. Full Size Tabby Member

    Steve Wolsefer (View Comment):

    Helpful hint: Buy colored paper. Give each room a color. Then tape a piece of paper to the box that is the color for the room. No need for labeling. Just take the paper color to the correct room. This is also helpful for kids who can’t read. They would know that the green color goes to the Den, etc.

    I know Lyndsey isn’t moving furniture, but for those who are moving furniture: we have found helpful to draw up a rough sketch of where furniture is to be placed in the new rooms and tape the sketches to the door frame of each room. This is especially valuable if you have professional movers, who will be bringing things in faster than you can check them off the inventory list, so you won’t have time to also play furniture arranger on the fly.

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    • September 29, 2019, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  12. Unwoke Caveman Lawyer Coolidge

    “The hack is, just don’t move, because it’s the worst.”

    Brilliant.

     

    (C. minute 24)

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    • January 7, 2020, at 7:33 PM PST
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