Anytime you move, you have the choice to either try and jam that piece of IKEA furniture through the door, or disassemble it into manageable parts. The latter choice is usually better, but it has its own challenges.
Before starting a repair job that requires disassembling something, take a picture of everything first, so you know exactly how it’s supposed to go back together once it’s been taken apart. It may seem obvious at first, but once all the parts are everywhere, it can get confusing.
Yes, and I’d add that you should take photos of each step. We think we’ll remember which screws go where and how the back piece connects to the legs, but we won’t. It’s not enough to know how the whole thing should look. Get a picture of each piece as it comes off.
It turns out this advice works for other moments when human memory is unreliable, but perfection is necessary. For example, LighTMan913 writes:
Sort of the same thing:
In high school, I had a buddy with a mum that worked nights so we’d go to his house to drink. We wanted to play beer pong but the table was always covered with her work stuff. So, we’d take pictures from every possible angle so we could put it back in the exact same way. As far as I know, she never found out.
The perfect scam. Also very helpful with wiring situations, as flecksable_flyer writes:
I had to do this when hooking up my tv to the blue ray player, antenna, and VHS/DVD player every time I moved. I could never remember how to get all those wires back in the right place without experimenting for hours. It got to be quite frustrating going back and forth between the front and back of the tv.
It’s nice to think we have a mind like a vise, but a camera is a great back up.