Moving is almost rarely enjoyable. I mean, you have to pack up all your stuff just to unpack it again somewhere else? You eat off of paper plates with plastic utensils for your last week because you know your kitchen takes the most to pack. You shift boxes around for weeks while you try and continue living in your home. It’s just not fun.
The fun comes on the other end when you get to unpack and decorate somewhere new! Whether you’re moving to a new city, a new apartment, in with a significant other, into your first married home…it’s exciting doing something new. Now, to get to the new, and past the terrible process of moving, here are my packing hacks.
- Label everything! Unless you’re packing things in the boxes they originally came in (KitchenAid mixer, Keurig, pots and pans, etc.), boxes should be labeled with the room, general contents, and whether it’s fragile or not.
- Wrap your clothes. Now…what does this mean? Chances are, you have a few things on hangers. Once upon a time, I would move the clothes separately from the hangers and then have to put everything back together. Then, thanks to Pinterest, I found the best hack.
It saves so much time! Take a garbage bag and literally wrap up your clothes right on the hanger. This will keep them clean in moving trucks, and just make them easier to move.
- Baggies are your friend. If you have furniture or hanging pieces that require particular hardware, take it off the wall or take it apart, and immediately put the unique pieces into their own unique baggie. Then, label the baggie. Keep all of your hardware in one box…the magic box (see below!).
- Have a magic box. There are going to be a few things that you need pretty soon after arriving at the new place. Things like hardware, some cleaning supplies, box cutter, etc. Put all of this in a box and carry this box with you. The last thing you want is to have to go hunting for a box cutter so you can then find the toilet paper when you have to pee at your new home.
- Prep the new place. If you have the chance to get into your new place before your hired moving day, prep the place with the essentials. Make sure there’s some water for you and whoever is helping you. You’ll need toilet paper as well. Probably some paper towels. If you have things that are precious to you, go ahead and get them in the place before the movers start moving.
- Don’t procrastinate. Seriously. I’ve helped my sister move enough times to know that procrastination is the worst. Moving a grocery bag of miscellaneous socks and underwear isn’t efficient.
- Use things to help pack other things. Everything from your home will be moving to your next home. Use towels as padding for fragile items. Rip up old newspapers to act as filler for things. Use balled up socks to stuff into glasses. Use what you already have efficiently to also protect your belongings.
What are your favorite packing hacks? Hopefully I won’t be moving for another 15 months, but it’s always good to share ideas.
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