Try Making a Game of Moving

by DJ Richmond 02/21/2019

For most people, the idea of moving conjures up dread and stress. There are things to sort, boxes to pack, fears that the dishes might get broken because you didn't add enough padding to keep them safe, and concern that you'll lose something, miss something, forget something.

But moving doesn't have to be all stress and bother. You can make a game of moving and have some fun while you do it. Look for the easiest ways to arrange things so that both packing and unpacking go more quickly.

  • One down - leave things as they are: If your dressers are full of clothes, instead of removing the clothes and repacking them in boxes. Just leave them in the drawers. Grab some plastic wrap—available at most moving rentals stores, big box DIY stores, and office supply outlets—and wrap the furniture to hold the drawers in place. If you're not sure how to complete this yourself, ask your movers to wrap it for you. And use a garment box for hanging clothes. Just grab a group of hangars and move them from the closet onto the bar in the box. They’re all set to transfer back into the new closet.
  • Two or more - leave utensils and flatware in their trays. Find boxes that will fit the whole tray but slip a plastic or paper shopping bag over the entire thing before you slide it in the box. That way, the bag holds the items in the tray and protects one tray from rubbing on another. When you get to the new home, just move the trays directly into the new drawers. Easy as pie!
  • Three to go - Race to see who can fill the most boxes. Give kids easier options such as games and books and other flat objects that fit into boxes easily. And have a bigger box for stuffed animals and dolls.
  • Four on the floor - use smaller boxes. A tendency for novice movers is to fill large boxes that are then impossible to move. The problem is, you often fill large boxes with a mixture of things that may not even belong in the same room, merely to fill the box. Using smaller boxes more strategically might give you more boxes overall, but will save you time, effort, and an aching back when you reach your destination. Label each box as you go, then stack them like a Jenga puzzle until moving day.
  • Five-minute rule - if you're trying to pack yet keep your regular life flowing smoothly, spend just five minutes at a time packing. Grab a packing box and fill it up, then go back to putting on makeup or finish your workout.

If moving seems daunting to you, download a moving app to help you stay organized and keep you moving.

About the Author

DJ Richmond

DJ Richmond is a real estate agent who is known for his work at Gold Key Realty, which sets the gold standard of real estate. Since graduating from Suffolk University’s Business School, he has continued to hone his financial skills and focus on anything he can do to become a more effective support system for his clients whether they are buying a home or selling one. He has a knack for communicating with his clients in order to understand exactly what it is that they need and then devising a strategy for meeting those needs. Since teaming up with some of the top selling agents in Massachusetts, he has expanded into a leader of the real estate market in the Greater Boston community.

Having grown up in the Greater Boston community, DJ has worked hard to solidify his knowledge of real estate and to amass a base of information that applies to both residential and commercial properties. He involves his clients in every step of the buying and selling processes, ensuring that they are aware of what is going on and included in all the major decisions. Putting customer service at the center of the business, DJ Richmond has made himself into a role model for other real estate agents, operating on a set of principles from which others can learn.

Beyond all the basic services associated with his representation, DJ makes himself available for a variety of extras. These extras include breaking down the complexities of real estate investing for new buyers, teaching buyers how to analyze properties and add value to their properties, and teaching sellers how to generate more traffic to their property via marketing. He also provides the entirety of his finance knowledge and experience, avoiding the pitfalls most common to first-time buyers.

Whatever it is that you are looking to accomplish, DJ can help you. If you are looking to rent, buy, sell, or just learn about real estate, contact DJ Richmond today and see what your brightest future looks like. 

Testimonials - What People Say About DJ

DJ Richmond went over and above to both sell my home and buy a new home. He excelled in getting the word out to market my house. I was more than pleased with every aspect of selling my house. Everything he did from the listing, photography, advertising and open house was the best I could ask for.   When it came time for negotiations, DJ really did an awesome job. He knew what he was doing and could advise me on making the best decision for a smooth transaction. When buying a new home, he knew exactly what I was looking for and was able to find me the right place in a time when inventory is extremely low. It is evident that DJ has a very solid work ethic and was available to help answer my many questions whenever I needed him. There were many times that I depended on him to be the "go to" person to communicate between myself and both the buyers and sellers. He stepped up to the plate every time. I would highly recommend him!
DJ has a great, positive attitude and is incredibly responsive. I originally found him through a posting for an apartment, and he took the time to actually get to know us and our situation. During the apartment hunt (which was very off-season), he actually showed us how buying a home could be a   morepossible than we thought. He showed us a few houses, he got us linked up with a lender very quickly and easily, and we went through the approval process for a mortgage on one we really liked. 

We didn't end up making an offer at that time, but his knowledge of the process and the next steps was excellent. At no time did he pressure us, and when we told him we wouldn't make an offer and just wanted to stick to an apartment for the time being, he immediately went to work and found us an incredible deal on our current apartment. We will likely stay in this apartment until we give DJ a ring one of these days to go house hunting for real this time! We have kept in contact with DJ and he has even accompanied us to other open houses since. 
DJ has been nothing less than a heaven sent. He was there through it all 24-7. He's not only a excellent real estate agent he turns out to be a true friend. Thanks DJ for being part of mine and Dave's life.
My wife and I just closed on a home with DJ's help.  He was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.  He was quick to respond whenever we had a question about the process.  He is polite, knowledgeable, and a perfect mix of friendly and professional.  He went above and beyond   expectations to land us our first home, and we couldn't be happier with the experience.  I would recommend DJ to anyone who needed assistance with purchasing a home.
My family and I have a mixed-use property and DJ helped us find tenants for both our commercial space and residential apartment. The commercial space was vacant for 6+ months and DJ came in with a stellar marketing plan and was able to find a well-established 20+ year business as a tenant with a long term lease and generated a higher rent than we had ever received in the past. Additionally, his unique, tailored marketing efforts led to 12+ applications for the 2 bedroom rental unit. It was rented in less than a week and for $300 more per month than the previous tenants. DJ was extremely knowledgeable about the local Danvers market and answered any questions I had. He was patient, smart, and tactical and I would highly recommend using him for your commercial or residential needs!
DJ was fantastic to work with. I was expecting selling my first home to be extremely painful and drawn out. DJ made it easy and seamless. When we met and went through the listing he told me he would have it sold in one weekend an he was right! He knew exactly how to price and market my home for the area. He also was extremely helpful at guiding me in what needed to be done to get my house ready to sell without going overboard or delaying the process. When it came to accepting and offer DJ was great at negotiating with all the interested parties and getting me the right deal. Even with some push back from the buyers DJ was able to get them to come to the original terms they agreed to and even close early. I highly recommend working with DJ he was friendly, knowledgeable and made this whole process so easy.
DJ helped me sell my home in Melrose this past Spring. We had multiple offers all above ask. DJ was very helpful throughout the entire process. He is very accessible and thorough with his research. He has lived in the greater Boston area throughout his entire life, so he knowledgeable in many neighborhoods. I would highly recommend DJ for any of your real estate needs!
As a first time buyer DJ was incredibly helpful. He went above and beyond what was required of him to ensure that I got the exact property that fit my ramifications. The process took over five months before I found the right fit and he was there with me every step of the way. Any question I had he responded immediately with a well thought out answer of his expertise. He had a great understanding of the local market and advised me to hold back when it was a bad deal (we came across many). At the end of the day I could not be happier with the property I got and I owe a huge thanks to DJ for helping me get to exactly where I want to be. If it wasn't for him putting in the extra effort I may not own this property. I would hands down recommended DJ to any buyer looking for a well informed, responsive, and helpful real estate agent.
DJ helped me purchase my first home in June 2016. I was a first time home buyer buying a multi-family property and DJ guided me seamlessly through the process. He attended multiple open houses and set up private showing for all the properties I wanted to view. He was extremely patient with all of   my questions, especially regarding the local real estate market & what houses were good investments vs. great investments! He informed me of the 203k rehab loan and put me in touch with multiple lenders and contractors to discuss my possibilities. Once my offer was accepted, DJ guided me through the closing process without a hitch. We even closed earlier than anticipated! Once the close was complete, DJ helped me rent out my tenant's unit in under a week. I highly recommend DJ for your real estate needs. He is filled with a wealth of knowledge and his passion for what he does truly shines through in every conversation we had. Thank you for making the purchase of my first multi-family home a huge success!