Aug 15, 2016
If you want packing and moving tips from professionals who have been in the moving game for over thirty years you’re in the right place! We are giving you the ultimate moving and packing cheat sheet for a fast, efficient, and effective move.
- Start the packing process one to three months out depending on the size of your home.
- Write or type out a list of all of the rooms that you need to pack.
- Start by packing and clearing out rooms that are typically dense with belongings such as your attic, garage, and closets.
- Go through all the belongings in your rooms, garage, and storage to see what you can do without.
- Donate, sell, or give items away to friends and family that you do not need or want.
- Do not use old boxes to pack with, if you have had them for years they could be contaminated with insects or mold.
- Overestimate how many boxes you will need when packing.Use brown paper tape instead of duct tape or plastic tape. It is more durable, easier to work with, and you don’t need scissors to tear it.
- Label your boxes by the contents of the box as well as the room that the boxes belong to.
- Make sure you aren’t packing things that you are going to need the week after you move in boxes that aren’t accessible. Make sure you label your medicine, coffee pot, and all packed items that you will need the week after you move as essentials.
- Pack clothes inside of a wardrobe box. It will save you time.
- Put your electronics, like televisions and computers inside of their original boxes or inside of boxes that are fitted to their size and shape.
- Don’t forget about dishes in the dishwasher.
- Make sure that every packed box is able to close and be sealed.
- Make sure you have a plan a month before your move date. This may be hiring professional movers or locking down friends and family who have committed to helping you.
- If you can, start moving in phases. If you are moving on your own, you may have to take your belongings in phases.
- Rent a van to make the process easier and less cumbersome than moving with standard sized vehicle.
- Ensure that you are moving furniture safely or leaving it for a professional to move later.
- Take breaks during the moving process.
- Stay hydrated. Keep a cooler of water in the driveway or yard.
- Make sure that your freezer is defrosted and all groceries are cleared out of the fridge.
- Make sure you have cleaning supplies at your first location so that you can tidy up before you leave.
- When you are moving your belongings into your new location, take them straight into the room that they belong in.
- Make sure your kids are mentally prepared for a move. If you send them away to their grandparent’s for the weekend, have them come by the move for thirty minutes or so to let them process what is happening.
- Don’t let the stress of move day overwhelm you!