A couple of months ago when I helped a friend move, it occurred to me I should blog about some of the things I learned just by being a sideline participant. Today I'm thinking of some more, as I learn my own lessons not so far away on the sidelines.
If you're helping a friend move, here's a great possible gift. A sturdy giftbag (If It's Paper carries these plastic shopping bags in all sizes that are incredibly sturdy,) with at least the following items:
- A roll of transparent tape
- A roll or two of packing tape - it seems to always run short, or at least the wrong person has it down the hall when you need it in the kitchen
- A bottle opener
- A "break away" knife (much faster than a utility knife with replacable blades since you merely break away one small section after it goes dull, rather than having to replace the whole blade
- Index cards
- Stickie notes
- A pen and/or pencil
- A handy phone numbers - for local friends as well as a handful of favorite takeout places
- Extra permanent markers, preferably in several colors
Even though I originally thought this list would be a good idea for a gift for your friend who's moving, and I still do, I've discovered a few other things I'll share with you:
- The dollar store rocks when you're packing up all your stuff...they have
- Multi-packs of those very utility knives I mentioned
- Perhaps lesser quality but sturdy, nonetheless, packaging tape. Possibly not what I'd use for taping the bottoms of your boxes, but quite adequate for closing the tops
- Resealable food-storage bags - it's great to have extras of these on hand - small and large - for gathering loose items (such as hair clips, pens, so they don't get lost "from their friends"
- You can also sometimes get these great lidded boxes.
- Handled bags made for gift-giving - they're perfect for packing things you don't need to seal away in a box and might want access to later.