Moving is one of those things that are just bittersweet. On one hand, you’re probably excited, because you’re moving into a new place. On the other hand, you’re about to endure one of the most physically and mentally taxing things you’ve ever done in your life. That’s why I’m going to outline some tips that should help make the whole moving process go along a lot smoother. Scroll down to check out some of my tips and if you have any of your own, you can feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
#1. Pack Overnight Bags for Your Family
More likely than not, you’re going to be far too tired to unpack everything once you get to your new place. Therefore, you should prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the house with all of the essentials. Don’t forget to pack toiletries, a change of clothes, etc…
#2. Pack the Essentials in a Clear Tote
It’s important that you pack the items that you’re going to need first in something different from the other stuff you’re moving. A clear plastic tote is a great way to do this, because it will separate itself from the pile of plain, cardboard boxes. Also, you’ll be able to see in it without having to open it. Keep the items you’ll need to access first in here. You know, like plates, forks, knives, spoons, toilet paper, paper towels, phone chargers, etc…
#3. Use Clothing to Wrap Breakables
By doing this, you’ll be able to accomplish two things at once. You will be packing your clothing and your breakables at the same time. Also, you won’t have to purchase bubble wrap.
#4. Put Glasses and Stemware in Socks
This falls in line with the same tip above. You will pack your socks and your glasses/stemware all at the same time.
#5. Label Your Boxes
It’s important that you put a label on every single box you’ve packed. List the items in the box and also which room the box needs to go in. This will make the whole moving process much easier once you get to your new place.
#6. Prepare the Bathroom Before You Move
If this is at all possible, I would highly suggest that you go to your new place sometime before you move and you stock the bathroom and prepare it to be used. For instance, you will want to hang a new shower curtain and have towels ready. After moving, you’ll definitely want to take a nice, hot shower.
#7. Don’t Stack Plates
A lot of people will stack their plates on top of each other in a box when moving. Instead, you should put the plates in the box vertically (stand them up) instead of laying them down flat. Think of how people used to stack records. Doing this will decrease the chances of any plates breaking.
#8. Remove the Drawers from Dressers While Moving
It’s important that you remove the drawers from the dressers while you’re moving them. That way, they’re much lighter and easier to move. Just carry the drawers separately.