Guest Blog :: Moving Tips for Artists with Aimee Lyons
Are you moving and concerned about transporting your beautiful artwork?
We were excited to have DIY guru, Aimee Lyons, reach out to us with a DIY article on how to properly move artwork (stress free!).
Aimee loves DIY and spends every bit of her free time on pet projects–crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, turning her yard into a landscaping masterpiece. She created DIYDarlin.com to share her DIY knowledge while also serving as a forum to learn from other DIYers.
We hope you find these tips useful and insightful!
The Artist’s Moving Day Checklist by Aimee Lyons
You’re moving! Whether you bought a new house, picked a new apartment, decided to try a new city, or chose a new country altogether, moving is an exciting life change. Perhaps you will enjoy a new landscape or even an entirely different cityscape. Either way, you should be thrilled about your brand new adventure.
Of course, there is that annoying little task of actually moving, looming in the background. The pack, label, tape, and repeat process can be tiresome and complicated. Aside from the uncalled for workout, there is the sudden need to categorize items you don’t remember buying, determine how sentimental you should be about that extra bobble head, and decide which of your old t-shirts you can finally let go. Plus, artists have the added challenge of strategizing the placement of their precious supplies and trying to explain to friends how to carefully move the specialized equipment.
So instead of just starting to throw stuff into a box, you’ve made the right decision to do some research, and create a plan of action first. Moving day is a lot simpler when you can visualize the big picture, and then take it one stroke at a time. Here is a checklist of things to consider as you create your masterpiece of a moving day:
- Research moving companies. As much as you would like to save the extra money, hiring movers will save you a lot of time and achy muscles. Besides, well-established movers know a thing of two about how to carefully move precious cargo. When you’ve selected your top options, review their moving insurance policies to stay educated about what they will cover.
- Create a list of all of your art pieces, organizing them by their medium. For example, how many canvas paintings do you own? Do you have any clay pieces? Keep your list on hand throughout moving day so that you can double check that all of your pieces made it into the moving truck and then into your new place.
- Gather packing materials. Now, you could go the traditional route and pick up your supplies from a shipping center or local superstore. However, for those on a budget or for those that hate buying something for the one-time-use, you can get packing materials for free. If you call ahead, some local coffee shops and stores can save their boxes for you to pick up. If you have extra wrapping paper leftover from Christmas or birthdays, use it to wrap your fragile items and to fill up the extra space inside the box. Instead of buying rubberbands, use hairbands for binding your paint brushes together. You can also use towels as cushion between canvases or to pad the corners of your equipment.
- Organize all of your art supplies into the same box and clearly label several sides with a thick, legible description. If you don’t, you run the risk of losing your items in the infamous unpacked boxes that you won’t find until your next move. Also, keep in mind what kinds of temperatures your supplies need. Many paints, chemicals, and even different types of mediums can be destroyed in heat. These things should be packed in a sealed container. Make sure these are the last items moved out and the first ones brought into the new location.
- Be present. During every stage of the process, make sure you are available to oversee any volunteers or moving staff. Give clear instructions on what items are fragile and need extra attention. When the movers unpack, designate a specific place for all boxes, based on their labels, so you can easily locate them.
You can now officially check research off your to-do list. Keep these tips handy, for an effective and smooth moving day. Turn your move into a fine art.
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