Moving Made Easy - 7 Fantastic Packing Tips

Make your move a breeze with these 7 fantastic packing tips! Learn how to choose the right boxes, save time, use color coding, and more.
POSTED ON:
September 9, 2023
UPDATED ON:
September 9, 2023
Category:
Buying/Selling

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming, but fear not! We've got 7 amazing tips and tricks that will make packing a breeze. Let's dive right in:

1 - Choose the Right Boxes

No matter your budget, investing in specialty boxes is a game-changer. Grab at least one wardrobe box per bedroom – this simple trick will save you from wrinkled clothes and the hassle of dealing with hangers.Don't skimp on TV and art boxes either; they're worth every penny to ensure your valuable electronics and artwork stay safe. For other items, swing by your local grocery store and consider using sturdy produce boxes. Also, keep an eye out for deals on platforms like Craigslist and Freecycle.

2 - Allow Ample Time

Give yourself the gift of time when packing up your space.As a rule of thumb, plan for a day to pack each room. If you've got lots of stuff or oddly shaped items, double that estimate. For a three-bedroom house, allocate 3-5 days; a cozy studio might take 1-2 days, while a one-bedroom could require 2-3 days. If you're tackling a sprawling five-bedroom home, set aside5-8 days. Remember, having extra hands can speed things up!

3 - Color Your Coding

Say goodbye to labeling boxes with room names – it's time to embrace color coding! This nifty strategy eliminates the need to constantly guide your helpers, giving you more freedom to focus on other tasks. They simplify the packing, unloading, and unpacking process, saving you and your team precious hours (and even days) of time.

4 - Tackle One Room at a Time

Avoid wandering aimlessly between rooms by starting with the least used space. Complete that room entirely before moving on to the next.This method keeps you organized, focused, and grants a sense of accomplishment once finished. Kick things off with your guest bedroom, attic, garage, or storage closets. Remember, place heavier items at the bottom of boxes and fill up any extra space.

5 - Room-Specific Hacks

Here's a short list of moving tips covering then kitchen and dining room to bathrooms, the garage, outdoor furniture, bedrooms, and the living room/office combo.

Kitchen:

  • Start early by packing non-essential kitchen items first.
  • Use dish boxes and dividers to protect fragile items like plates, glasses, and cookware.
  • Consider donating or selling items you rarely use to declutter your kitchen before moving.

Bathroom:

  • Pack toiletries and personal care items in sealable plastic bags to prevent leaks.
  • Use small boxes or bins to keep items organized, and label them clearly.
  • Keep essential toiletries accessible for the first few days in your new home.

Living room/office:

  • Disassemble and label cables and cords to make setting up electronics easier.
  • Use furniture blankets or padding to protect delicate furniture pieces.
  • Keep important documents and valuables in a secure and labeled box.

Bedroom

  • Pack clothing in wardrobe boxes to minimize wrinkles and make unpacking easier.
  • Consider vacuum-sealed bags for bulky items like bedding and pillows.
  • Don't forget to pack a "first-night" box with essential items like pajamas and toiletries.

Dining room

  • Wrap fragile dinnerware and glassware individually with packing paper.
  • Secure table leaves and chair cushions to prevent damage during transit.
  • Label boxes containing dining room items clearly for easy identification.


Garage

  • Dispose of hazardous materials and chemicals properly before the move.
  • Organize tools and equipment into labeled bins or boxes.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from power equipment to avoid spills during transportation.

Outdoor furniture:

  • Clean and dry outdoor furniture before packing it.
  • Use furniture covers or tarps to protect items from dust and moisture during the move.
  • Disassemble large items if possible to save space in the moving truck.

6 - Essential Items Box

Prepare an Essentials Box – your lifeline during the move.This box is your first priority upon arriving at your new home and should include essentials for your first night and morning. Think medications, snacks, toilet paper, paper towels, phone chargers, coffee, clothes, and a first aid kit. If you've got kids and pets, consider packing a separate essentials bag for them.

7 - Craft a Moving Timeline

Ease your stress and stay motivated by crafting a moving calendar. Breaking down big rooms and tasks into smaller, achievable steps will keep your spirits high and your progress steady. Stick to the schedule, and you'll have everything in order when the moving truck pulls up.

 

With these 7 tips in your back pocket, moving doesn't have to be a hassle. In addition, we’ve also created a checklist to help track items you may be leaving behind - such as utilities, bank statements, updating your service providers (your favorite lawn care team needs to know where you’re going to be at!), and so much more.

 

Stay organized, keep a friendly mindset, and you'll be settling into your new place in no time!

 

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming, but fear not! We've got 7 amazing tips and tricks that will make packing a breeze. Let's dive right in:

1 - Choose the Right Boxes

No matter your budget, investing in specialty boxes is a game-changer. Grab at least one wardrobe box per bedroom – this simple trick will save you from wrinkled clothes and the hassle of dealing with hangers.Don't skimp on TV and art boxes either; they're worth every penny to ensure your valuable electronics and artwork stay safe. For other items, swing by your local grocery store and consider using sturdy produce boxes. Also, keep an eye out for deals on platforms like Craigslist and Freecycle.

2 - Allow Ample Time

Give yourself the gift of time when packing up your space.As a rule of thumb, plan for a day to pack each room. If you've got lots of stuff or oddly shaped items, double that estimate. For a three-bedroom house, allocate 3-5 days; a cozy studio might take 1-2 days, while a one-bedroom could require 2-3 days. If you're tackling a sprawling five-bedroom home, set aside5-8 days. Remember, having extra hands can speed things up!

3 - Color Your Coding

Say goodbye to labeling boxes with room names – it's time to embrace color coding! This nifty strategy eliminates the need to constantly guide your helpers, giving you more freedom to focus on other tasks. They simplify the packing, unloading, and unpacking process, saving you and your team precious hours (and even days) of time.

4 - Tackle One Room at a Time

Avoid wandering aimlessly between rooms by starting with the least used space. Complete that room entirely before moving on to the next.This method keeps you organized, focused, and grants a sense of accomplishment once finished. Kick things off with your guest bedroom, attic, garage, or storage closets. Remember, place heavier items at the bottom of boxes and fill up any extra space.

5 - Room-Specific Hacks

Here's a short list of moving tips covering then kitchen and dining room to bathrooms, the garage, outdoor furniture, bedrooms, and the living room/office combo.

Kitchen:

  • Start early by packing non-essential kitchen items first.
  • Use dish boxes and dividers to protect fragile items like plates, glasses, and cookware.
  • Consider donating or selling items you rarely use to declutter your kitchen before moving.

Bathroom:

  • Pack toiletries and personal care items in sealable plastic bags to prevent leaks.
  • Use small boxes or bins to keep items organized, and label them clearly.
  • Keep essential toiletries accessible for the first few days in your new home.

Living room/office:

  • Disassemble and label cables and cords to make setting up electronics easier.
  • Use furniture blankets or padding to protect delicate furniture pieces.
  • Keep important documents and valuables in a secure and labeled box.

Bedroom

  • Pack clothing in wardrobe boxes to minimize wrinkles and make unpacking easier.
  • Consider vacuum-sealed bags for bulky items like bedding and pillows.
  • Don't forget to pack a "first-night" box with essential items like pajamas and toiletries.

Dining room

  • Wrap fragile dinnerware and glassware individually with packing paper.
  • Secure table leaves and chair cushions to prevent damage during transit.
  • Label boxes containing dining room items clearly for easy identification.


Garage

  • Dispose of hazardous materials and chemicals properly before the move.
  • Organize tools and equipment into labeled bins or boxes.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from power equipment to avoid spills during transportation.

Outdoor furniture:

  • Clean and dry outdoor furniture before packing it.
  • Use furniture covers or tarps to protect items from dust and moisture during the move.
  • Disassemble large items if possible to save space in the moving truck.

6 - Essential Items Box

Prepare an Essentials Box – your lifeline during the move.This box is your first priority upon arriving at your new home and should include essentials for your first night and morning. Think medications, snacks, toilet paper, paper towels, phone chargers, coffee, clothes, and a first aid kit. If you've got kids and pets, consider packing a separate essentials bag for them.

7 - Craft a Moving Timeline

Ease your stress and stay motivated by crafting a moving calendar. Breaking down big rooms and tasks into smaller, achievable steps will keep your spirits high and your progress steady. Stick to the schedule, and you'll have everything in order when the moving truck pulls up.

 

With these 7 tips in your back pocket, moving doesn't have to be a hassle. In addition, we’ve also created a checklist to help track items you may be leaving behind - such as utilities, bank statements, updating your service providers (your favorite lawn care team needs to know where you’re going to be at!), and so much more.

 

Stay organized, keep a friendly mindset, and you'll be settling into your new place in no time!

 

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