Apartment Therapy helps you make sure you can get helpers that will stay friends with you even after you settle in your new apartment!
sure to ask for help as soon as you know your moving date. The best
and easiest way to do that is to with a polite and detail-filled email
that you send to as many friends as you can. By giving people a lot of
lead time, it's more likely that you'll get a lot of helpers and that
makes it easier for everyone. It also makes it more fun!
list of tasks that need to be accomplished and divy them up between your
friends. Think about people's strengths when you ask them to help.
Your friend whose house is an OCD dream, right down to a junk drawer
where you can find everything? Ask her to help you go through sorting
items before you begin packing. Maybe you could organize teams of
people (spouses, best friends, etc.) to be in charge of a single room
together so they can be aware of exactly what they're agreeing to. The
more specific you can be, the better able your friend-helpers will be to
plan their own day and be enthusiastic about the task at hand.
a buddy (or two) help with the purging task as you start packing can
make the whole experience easier and more fun. It also may result in
you paring down even better, as your friend can be the "enforcer" and
make sure you don't keep that dress they haven't seen you wear since
Finally, on the day of your move, make sure there
are plenty of moving supplies like blankets, packing tape and boxes so
your helpers can really help and not keep asking you where things are.
You also should have music to keep things fun (if you're moving far
away, this may be the last time you'll see your friends for a while),
and snacks to keep the movers fueled. I'll never forget the time a
friend, unbeknownst to me, had just started Weight Watchers and wound up
so hungry he nearly fainted. I found myself scrounging in my "food"
box for something to get his energy back up AND I lost a very