There’s no shortage of challenges when it comes to moving. Between organizing an entire household, changing addresses and utilities and talking to movers, relocating to a new home can be hectic. A silver lining of packing is that it may be a good time purge things you’ve been hanging on to!
Whether you are using professional movers or plan on moving yourself, here are some shortcuts to make your move easier and to help alleviate some of that stress and ease the burden of packing before (and unpacking after) a move.
Find Freebies – Forget buying boxes. Pick up free ones through Freecycle.org or the “free stuff” section on Craigslist, both of which list items by location. If your current neighborhood has a Facebook page, maybe someone who has just moved can pass their boxes to you. The supermarket and liquor store cartons can be helpful, as well.
Pack to Unpack – The hardest part about packing is figuring out where to start. When boxing up your belongings, start in the kitchen, which typically houses the most items that are not everyday essentials. When you arrive at your new home, unpack your bedroom first, and leave the kitchen for last.
Label & Color-Code – To save time and stay safe, assign each room a color and use coordinating colored duct tape. Stick a piece of tape on both the top and sides of boxes so that they can be easily identified when stacked or apart and labelled for which room they are to go.
Bag It – Don’t waste time with hanging closet garments. Group a few hanging clothes together with a zip tie, slide a black garbage bag over them, and make a hole in the top of the bag for hanger hooks.
Cover Up –Use older fitted sheets you don’t regularly use to protect your mattresses in the move.
Wrap It – Instead of emptying out the drawers of small furniture, like end tables or corner desks, wrap heavy-duty plastic wrap around the piece of furniture, from top-to-bottom and side-to-side. This will seal the drawers in place and prevent spillage on moving day, and save you valuable unpacking time.
Tape Under – If certain furniture pieces require dis-assembly before moving, keep all of the parts together to save time when re-assembling. Place all bolts, screws and small pieces in a Ziploc bag, and tape the bag with clear packing tape to the bottom of the piece.
Fill Space– Damage on moving day is often caused by items shifting en route. To make certain your household items stay secure, use socks, towels or linen to fill in ‘dead air’ space, especially in and around breakables like glassware. If you want to save even more time, use t-shirts to wrap larger items.
Be Secure– No matter how many precautions you take, there’s no fighting gravity. When loading your plastic-wrapped furniture, place the side with drawers against the wall of the truck to prevent them from opening. If your mover provides them, use tie-downs on the side walls for added security.
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