Whether you have moved once or a dozen times, packing for a move never seems to get any easier. Evade surprises, headaches and moving day blunders by getting organized in advance. Here are some smart hints that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare for your moving day.
Before You Start Packing Boxes
- -Make concrete agreements with buyers regarding possession of your new home and moving date. Meeting the sellers on the front walk with the house still full of boxes on your move-in day is not a happy situation.
- -Start weeding out your current possessions. Toss, donate, or have a yard sale for things you don’t want to move. This goes a long way toward uncluttering your life too! Start selling items on eBay, Etsy or Craigslist at least 6 weeks in advance. If you’re donating to charity organization, arrange pick up at least two weeks before moving.
- -Make a list of any important items you will need/want to buy for your new house. Floor runners, blinds and shower curtains for example. Having these things with you on the day you move in prevents unnecessary surprises and that exhausted post-move trip to the hardware store.
- -Determine a “staging area” where any items that are ready to be moved are placed. This saves a lot of aggravation associated with having boxes scattered throughout your present living quarters and gives you a place to look should you need an item that is already packed.
Let the Packing Begin
- -Start packing early. Anything that you are sure you will not be using before moving day should get boxed. Pictures, collections, souvenirs and any other decorations should be the first to be boxed.
- -Mark every box with its contents if possible. It seems like a no brainer but it is very important because if you should need something pre-move, you will not have to undo your hard work trying to find an item.
- -Mark every box with what room they’ll be going into. This tactic allows you to unpack by room and makes the task seem more manageable.
- -Pack items you will need as soon as you arrive in your new home in a clear plastic bin. Things like trash bags, utensils, chargers and toilet paper will all be readily available in an easily distinguishable box.
- -Use an overnight bag for essentials you will need right up to the last minute. Things like toiletries, a change of clothes and your laptop or IPad. Chances are you’re going to be too tired to unpack that night; you’ll want your essentials within easy access.
- -Pack your breakables and other delicate items in t-shirts and other clothes to save costs on bubble wrap. You’re killing two birds with one stone.
- -Use Press’n Seal wrap to keep any small item display (like earrings) intact during the move.
- -Leave your closet items on the hanger and simply slide a trash bag over a bunch. Tie up the ends and voila! You’re ready to go.
- -Keep snack baggies handy for holding small items like mounting screws, curtain brackets and electronic cords. Tape the baggies to the back of the item they correspond to.
- -Make use of alternative containers such as laundry bins, baskets, suitcases and chests to pack heavy items that regular boxes can’t hold like books and dishes.
- -Always label on the side of the box as well as the top; when the boxes are stacked you will be able to identify it.
- -Along with food and ‘beverages’, offer your friends that help you move first pick of anything you may be donating or selling as an extra perk.
- -If you have many fragile valuables, you may want to consider the peace of mind that comes from insured professional movers, rather than your “free” friends. Book them well in advance and make sure to read any fine print.
- -If moving across town? Consider hiring a pet sitter and/or baby sitter for the day. You’ll be glad you don’t have to worry about them amidst all the chaos.
- -Ask if you can come before move in day to pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If you have carpet in your new home, consider placing carpet protectors in the high traffic areas for the big day.