Most people dread moving. But here’s some tips to make things moving more smooth.
1. BE THRIFTY…GET BOXES FOR FREE
Find out when the local grocery stores or fast-food places you frequent unpacks goods for the week so you can pick up the empty boxes before they discard them. Try free warehouse stores and clothing/shoe stores
2. PURGE THE STUFF
Now that you’re sorting through all your things, it’s a perfect time to see what can be donated or chucked altogether! Face it the less you have the less you have to pack. Donate, give away and sell stuff you haven’t used in a year or more.
3. CREATE A SCHEDULE SO THAT YOU DON’T GET OVERWHELMED
Plan ahead! Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day. Otherwise, it’ll be pretty stinky and leaky!
4. TAKE PICTURES OF ELECTRONICS BEFORE YOU DISCONNECT THEM
Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a picture on your phone or camera of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! This will save you a ton of time when you set it up again.
Speaking of cords; wrap them around a piece of cardboard with two slits on each end to keep them flat and detangled. Use the cardboard to label for what the cords are used. Timesaver Yay!
5. USE GARBAGE BAGS TO COVER HANGING CLOTHES
Keep your clothes on the hanger, but wrapped up. Puncture hole on bottom of the bag and When you get to your new abode, simply take off the garbage bags. Don’t forget to label so you know whose stuff is whose!
6. PACK A FIRST NIGHT BOX
Most people don’t think to do this, and end up rummaging through several boxes on moving day to get their pajamas or the coffee maker. Pack yourself a “first night” box with all your toiletries, some clothes, and anything you’ll need the following morning such as dishes and silverware or your hair-dryer.
7. SAFELY PACK YOUR PLATEWARE
Since they’re already plate-shaped, foam disposable plates are awesome for packing your real plates. Put them in between each plate in your stack before you pack it all up. Plus, you can totally class up the cheap comfort food you’ll want to get after you’ve finally unpacked your last box some day.
8. PLASTIC WRAP YOUR DRESSERS— With Everything Inside
Use plastic wrap to keep dressers drawers shut when the moving truck jostles them about, or for trays of items that would be just fine staying in the trays as long as they didn’t fall out. Plus, you can leave its contents in there, since the drawers no longer have a risk of sliding open!
9. USE WINE BOXES FOR GLASSWARE
There’s bound to be a local bar, winery, or even some grocery stores that have empty wine cases you can snag. Keeps your glasses organized and it’s easy to stuff some newspaper and such in each compartment so there’s some padding to protect them.
10. DON’T MIX ITEMS FROM DIFFERENT ROOMS
Keep items from one room in boxes separate from the others, it’ll save you a lot of sanity when you finally unpack.
11. MAKE A PACKING SUPPLIES CONTAINER
Save yourself from losing packing supplies or running around your house/apartment because you left the scissors in one room and the tape in the other. Get a box or a basket for supplies that you can carry with you from room to room, that way you’ll have all of it with you as you switch tasks and don’t have to spend time retrieving supplies you left in another room.
12. HOW TO PACK JEWELRY
Use egg cartons to easily transport your jewelry. Tape them shut so nothing falls out! Also, use toilet paper rolls for packing necklaces or loose bracelets. Just put one end through the roll and fasten the clasp.
13. KEEP SCREWS & BOLTS ORGANIZED
Use plastic baggies and label them so you know which piece of furniture they’re for and don’t lose any.
14. CUT HOLES IN SIDES OF BOXES FOR EASY LIFTING
Use a box-cutter to cut triangle-shaped holes on either side of your heavier boxes to give you makeshift handles for easier lifting!
15. USE STORAGE BINS FOR SEASONAL ITEMS
If you don’t already store your seasonal/holiday items in plastic bins, now’s the time. That way, once you’re moved in, you can simply transfer the plastic bins to your closet or basement without having to unpack their contents.
16. USE SOFT ITEMS FOR PADDING
You don’t need as much packaging material as you think! All sorts of soft items around your home can be used to safely and efficiently pack other items. Towels, socks, sheets, and other soft or cushy things make great and free packing material. Environmentally friendly, too!
17. COLOR-CODE YOUR LABELS
Black and white labels are hard to distinguish when you want to start unpacking at a non-glacial pace. Use colorful labels instead — you can handwrite them, or simply print some out — and devise a color-coding system for your boxes to easily keep track of what is where.
18. USE A RUBBER BAND TO KEEP YOUR FRONT DOOR UNLOCKED
When actually moving your boxes into your truck or van, you’ll be going in and out of the house a lot. Wrap a rubber band around one doorknob and stretch it around your door to wrap the other end on the opposite knob. This will keep you from having to make an unwanted call to the locksmith.
19. KEEP ALL YOUR LIQUIDS SEPARATE
Keep all the liquids together so you can find them easily and can contain any spills if they happen during the move.
20. PACK WITH A GUIDE
Look up visual guides for packing your moving vehicle, like this one. Advice may differ if you have a van or a truck.
Featured photo credit: Moving truck/Matthew W. Jackson via flickr.com. Above pictures were obtained via google images.