Moving from one house to another can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Staying organized, making lists, and planning ahead make the whole process a lot easier, but so does having a few handy packing tips and tricks up your sleeve!
1. DIY Box Handles
Make picking up and lifting heavy boxes a little easier by cutting handholds in two sides of the box with a utility knife! Leave the top flaps of your triangular cut-outs attached and simply fold them in.
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2. Padding & Space Fillers With Soft Items
Place stuffed animals, pillows, sheets, blankets, and other soft items in trash bags and use them as padding next to fragile items in the moving truck. It also helps fill up irregular empty space in the truck so your belongings won’t shift around during the move.
3. Defrost Your Refrigerator
Plan ahead! Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day. This will help prevent a stinky, wet mess.
4. Masking Tape On Mirrors
Use masking tape to place a large X on your mirrors and glass frames. It won’t prevent it from breaking, but it will absorb shock and keep the glass in the frame in the case that it is dropped or shuffled in the moving truck.
Read More: Martha Stewart
5. Take A Photo of Your Cords
Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a quick snapshot of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! My husband would probably think this was silly, but I’m cord impaired. I’d rather never watch TV again than try to actually hook it up.
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6. Use Rolling Luggage For Heavy Items
If you’ve got them, use your rolling luggage bags for really heavy items like books. Now you can avoid the heavy lifting and simply roll the bags onto your moving truck.
7. Put Hanging Clothes In Garbage Bags
Keep them on the hangers while still protected in garbage bags! This saves the hassle of taking them on and off of the hangers. It also keeps your clothes all together in the order you had them hung, less wrinkled, and ready to hang up when you get to your new home.
I’ve also seen the garbage bag put on the opposite way, with the hangers in first. Just poke a hole for your hangers to fit through the bottom of the bag. You can’t fit as many clothes in this way, but they stay in better form, and you can tie the bottom off with the drawstring closure. Label each bag (mom’s side, dad’s side, etc.) and then you can hang them up where they belong before easily ripping the bag off.
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8. Pack A First-Night Box
Chances are, you’re not going to be able to unpack and organize your new home the day of the move. Pack a labeled box with all of your first-night essentials and load it last so it’s the first thing off the truck. Better yet; keep it in your personal vehicle.
*You might want to include: toilet paper, toiletries, medications, snacks, basic cleaning supplies, COFFEE and coffee maker, a first-aid kit, a utility knife, pet supplies, a night light for the kids, bedding, disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
It is also a good idea for each member of the family to pack a small bag that contains personal belongings that they might need for the first couple of days. Just pack as if you’re going on a short trip! This way everyone has a change of clothes and anything else they might need.
9. Safely Pack & Move Plates
Because foam plates are already in the shape of a plate, it makes perfect sense to use them to protect your delicate glass and ceramic plates. Place one in-between each place to prevent them from chipping or breaking.
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10. Plastic Wrap Is Your Friend
Use plastic wrap to keep items in their place! No sense in emptying your drawers or silverware tray when you can use plastic wrap to keep drawers shut or smaller items in their intended container.
11. Paper Bags In Place Of Newspaper
Paper bags are perfect for protecting glass cups and small bowls in the moving process. Double the bags for extra protection. Bonus: there’s no ink-bleed like you’d get from newspaper.
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12. Use Wine Cases For Your Glassware
Visit your local bar, restaurant, or winery, and you’re bound to come home with several empty wine box cases! The inserts in these boxes are perfect for protecting glass cups, wine glasses, and vases.
Put together all of the things you need for packing in a basket! This way you can carry it around with you and have everything at your fingertips. You might want to include: packaging tape, labels, scissors, Sharpies, a screw driver, baggies, and a utility knife.
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If you’re like me, you have a closet somewhere in your house with old sheets and blankets. Use those fitted sheets to protect your mattresses on moving day! Put one on just like normal, and then place another on the bottom for complete coverage. This will keep dirt and debris off of your mattresses in the moving process.
When traveling or moving, jewelry has a tendency to get tangled, broken, or lost, but there are a few cheap and easy ways to prevent this from happening.
#1 Connect your necklaces through a toilet paper roll to prevent them from knotting. This is great for a short trip or packing up for a move.
#2 Use egg cartons to store and protect small pieces of jewelry like earrings, rings, and bracelets.
Source: Authentic Simplicity
16. Keep Screws & Bolts Organized
When packing and preparing for a move, that usually involves taking apart furniture. It’s easy to lose those small screws, bolts, and nuts if you’re not careful. Use packaging tape to tape them to the underside of the furniture you’re disassembling. For larger parts or for several pieces, you can also place them in a ziploc baggie before taping them to their corresponding piece of furniture. Now it will be a breeze to put them back together at the new home!
Source: Real Simple
17. Use Storage Bins For Seasonal Items
If you don’t already have your seasonal items stored in plastic bins, invest in them now! Pack all of that stuff up that you only use but once a year in bins, and you’ll be able to easily identify what needs to be stored in the attic or garage come moving day.
18. Invest In Convenient Boxes
Sure, it’s a good idea to start saving boxes months before the move, but it’s also an excellent idea to invest in boxes that are made for particular uses. Check out this wardrobe box! Might be a good idea for expensive suits and coats. There are also boxes made for framed art work and mirrors, packing paper that won’t leave ink stains, and box cell inserts made for separating delicate items.
19. Drain Gas & Oil From Lawn Equipment
Gas and oil are considered hazardous and flammable. It’s probably not a good idea to pack a lawn mower or weed eater full of gas in with the rest of your stuff in the moving truck. Be sure to drain it out before loading it up. Your lawn mower needs a good tune up every now and then anyway.
Instructions: Popular Mechanics
20. Double Box Your Valuables
If there is anything you’re worried about breaking during your move, consider double boxing it for extra protection. This is especially true for electronics (like your computer or television). Although the original box that they came in is best, double boxing is another alternative if you no longer have them. Don’t forget bubble tape and other protective stuff, too!
21. Utilize Everything
Think outside of the box! Use your pot holders to safely hold knives, store socks inside of shoes and boots, use the inside of your washer and dryer for storage — anything you can think of to fill up empty space. This will save much needed room on the truck.
Packing is a tedious job! Writing and labeling every box is something you will have to do over and over again. Plan ahead and print out brightly colored labels. Now you can just slap it on to identify each box. It will also be much easier to pinpoint a box — you can see it from across the room!
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23. Use A Moving Key
Instead of labeling every box, use a moving key! This way you can just slap on a colored sticker or label without having to write on every box. Or, for instance, you can write the contents on each label, but easily be able to identify the room the box goes to by it’s color.
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24. Color Code With Tape
While we are on the subject of color coding, duct tape these days comes in just about every color and pattern. Invest in a few rolls and use them to identify your rooms or contents.
25. Leave Lightweight Items In Drawers
No sense in unpacking your lightweight items from drawers! They aren’t heavy enough to affect the moving process, and this way you can keep them where they belong without wasting any time, space or boxes.
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26. Use Towels To Protect Boxed Items
Wrap your delicate kitchen items in towels and hand towels for extra protection. You can also use them to fill up extra space in a box to prevent the items from shifting and potentially breaking.
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27. Upright Piano Moving Tip
If you’ve ever experienced the joy of moving an upright piano, you know that there’s actually no joy involved in it at all! It’s the most awkward, heavy and frustrating piece of furniture to maneuver. It’s virtually impossible to lift into a truck without a ramp. I stumbled across this genius way to make the task so much more manageable with just a couple of 2 x 4′s! I will be using this for our upcoming move.
Instructions: 32 Turns
28. Pack It Tight
Once you’ve got all of your household items on the truck, you’d think you were safe from breaking them from a drop, but all of those items are at risk of being shuffled around on the bumpy road — probably your best bet for damage. The tighter you pack, the better! Try to fill every nook and cranny, almost like a Tetris game. This way the items are less likely to shuffle.
Depending on the items you are moving, and how much, there are different techniques to packing a moving truck, but there are also the basics that will help you pack fast and efficiently.
Source: My Move