No matter how you look at it, moving is overwhelming. There are countless items to organize and pack, a moving truck to stuff to the brim, and when you've reached your destination, you have to do it all over again. If you're an artist moving your studio to a new location, you face a uniquely daunting challenge in the form of shelves of supplies to sort through, forgotten corners to address, and fragile works to be packed. To conquer your move like a pro, follow these five tips for moving an art studio.
If your studio is full of materials you don't use and bottles that are nearly empty, go ahead and toss or donate them before you move. You'll appreciate having less to haul and organize, and you'll be able to make a fresh start in an uncluttered studio.
It's wise to dispose of flammable chemicals that could become dangerous in a hot moving truck. It'll be more convenient to replace these items than to deal with packing them and potentially facing fumes or spills. Plus, your moving company may not be willing to handle chemicals that could put their employees or your belongings at risk.
If you're concerned about disposing of toxic materials or feel guilty about trashing supplies that still have life left in them, consider donating
your used art supplies to a local school or shop that accepts second hand goods.
When planning for a move, always start by making a list of things you can pack now and what you'll need to keep accessible up until the last moment. This is especially true when you're dealing with a studio full of art supplies. The last thing you want is to need your paintbrushes, only for them to be lost at the bottom of a haphazardly-packed box. By planning your packing
according to like materials, temperature sensitivity, and frequency of use, you'll save yourself tons of stress when it comes time to unload.
Strategizing your packing won't do much good if you don't label your boxes. You may think you'll remember what you've stashed in each package, but after a few days or weeks of harried moving, you're certain to forget. To spare yourself hours of frustrated searching, label your boxes so you know what's in each one and where it belongs.
If the idea of scrambling for packing supplies when you have a million other things on your to-do list doesn't appeal to you, make a point to collect supplies
well in advance of your move. One of the best strategies is to save the boxes your frames arrived in. That way, you know you have appropriate boxes, and you won't have to search high and low for unusual sizes. If you have a lot of unframed pieces stored in a flat file, you'll want to hoard some cardboard tubes, as well.
Wooden crates are particularly smart to save. Custom-made art crates can be costly, and stashing ones you already have will save you money during your move as well as offer a convenient storage solution in your new studio.
Moving is stressful for anyone, and it's especially so when you're transporting years of supplies and artwork. By hiring an experienced moving company, you can focus on the particulars like organizing and labeling while the pros attend to the packaging and heavy lifting. You can still supervise the handling of breakable pieces (which is important; artwork made this top 10 list
of items that get damaged on moving day), but you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your valuables will be protected by the moving company's insurance. Also, as a small business owner, you may be able to deduct
your moving expenses from your taxes, so you'll get some of your out-of-pocket costs back next year. Be sure to shop around and compare prices for movers.
Don't let the huge task of moving all of your art supplies and artwork get you down. By strategizing your move, you can take the stress out of relocation and focus on turning your new space into the studio of your dreams.