DIY Moving

When it’s time to move, you can do it the easy way or the hard way. The easy way, of course, would be to hire some experienced movers in Toronto (or wherever you are!). The hard way is to do it yourself. I’m not a fan of doing things the easy way. I like a challenge, and I also like to save a buck, so let’s talk about what it takes to become a moving warrior and get ‘er done.

Whether you are hiring movers or not, there are three basic steps that will involve a good deal of effort: Getting rid of extra belongings, packing, and the big day itself.

While the task of doing everything yourself is far from being easy, still it is worth a try if you’re so determined about it and it may not be as successful as what the Edmonton movers would do, it can give you a hands on experience of how it is done, which is done by the following ways:

Get Rid of Extra

Don’t wait until two weeks before your lease runs out to start the process. When you’re doing a DIY move, you need to stick to a schedule. The best place to start is to evaluate your belongings. Start doing this at least two months before you move. If you have a tight daily schedule with less free time, it’s advisable to start earlier. Take a good look around you. Look at your belongings and your furniture. Your closet, your kitchen appliances, your bathroom full of products. Be harsh. Let go of surplus. Humans tend to accumulate junk. This is the mental exercise of moving. Remember, you’ll be carrying everything you take. If you can’t do this for yourself, get a friend to come over and help. See if your friends need anything you’ve decided to let go of. If you can’t give it to your friends, give gently used items to Goodwill.


Now that you’ve weeded your belongings down to the necessities (doesn’t that feel good?), you can start packing them. Give yourself a month to do this. You’re going to need a few things. Boxes, bubble wrap and Styrofoam are expensive when purchased at a moving company. Go to stores and ask them if they have any old packing supplies. Many will give you packing peanuts, and used boxes. Make sure to take more than you think you will need. You can recycle the rest. Collect boxes of varying shapes and sizes, and put the heaviest items in the smallest boxes. You’ll also need lots of newspaper to wrap breakable things like china and collectibles. If you haven’t been collecting the dailies, go to a newspaper stand and see if they’ll give you old issues. You’ll also need packing tape and masking tape, and markers to label your boxes. You can buy these at a local craft store. Finally, collect things like old sheets and blankets to wrap furniture. If you don’t have any you’re willing to use, you can get them from Goodwill. It doesn’t have to be fancy.


A month before moving day, call to rent the largest moving truck you can afford. Looking for movers in Toronto has taught me to beware of scams, and don’t think rental companies won’t scam you either, so keep your eyes wide open! Also keep in mind that the fewer trips you make, the better. Your next job is to wrangle any family member or friend who is strong, and willing to help you out. Make sure these people are well taken care of. Stuff them full of delicious food all day, and that there are some cold brews waiting for them at the end of the job. Also, make sure they have transportation from old home to new home. If nobody drives, get a taxi. These people are worth it! And you’ve already made their job easier by bringing minimal items and packing and protecting your belongings. It should be a cinch!