If this sounds like you, then you're in luck! In this article, we've put together a list of 15 simple hacks that you can use when moving to a new residence.
Having easy access to your essentials (i.e. clothing, toiletries, etc.) is important. By packing your essentials in a bag, you'll have them with you in one place.
For things that can easily break – dishes, figurines, etc. – if you don't have bubble wrap, then wrap your breakables in clothing. Funny enough, this is also a great way to pack your clothes.
Consider doing some cleaning before moving your things into the new home. The main areas to clean are the bathroom and kitchen. Cleaning lets you save time and energy for the big day.
Essentials like box cutters, paper towels, eating utensils, cookware, trash bags, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, etc. A clear plastic bin allows you to see inside, thus making it more effective than a cardboard box.
When labeling your boxes, consider the what and where:
Also, label the sides of the boxes, so that you can easily identify each box, thus making the unpacking process more manageable.
Before putting the tops back on toiletries, make sure to cover the openings with saran wrap. This keeps your toiletries from breaking and leaking during the move.
You heard right: use Press'n Seal to cover your dresser drawers. Why? Because drawers can be their own moving boxes, and can keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents. And, that makes moving the actual dresser much easier to haul to your new home.
If you buy things online and have them shipped to you on a regular basis – AND if you're moving, then save your delivery boxes and bubble wrap! This helps cut the cost of buying them; and these boxes and bubble wrap can be made readily available for when it comes time to pack.
As mentioned before, you can use clothes to wrap your breakables in. That means wrapping your glasses too. Though, glass cups are prone to breaking during your move. To avoid a big mess with glass, pack your glass cups using clean socks – whether your bubble wrap, foam sheets, and newspaper are in short supply, or if you have none of them at all.
Stacking your plates is a big NO-NO. Why? When moving, your plates – especially porcelain – are prone to break when packed incorrectly. So, be sure to pack your plates vertically – vertically, as in packing them like records or CDs on a rack. Packing plates vertically reduces the chances of breaking during the move.
Whether you're a beer-drinker or not, you may want to consider using beer boxes to pack your books in. Beer boxes tend to have handles on the sides, which give you an easier lifting task, when transferring your books to your new home.
If you have difficulty remembering things like the wires and connections to your TV, computer, etc., then take photos on your electronic connections as you begin uninstalling them. Your photos will act as an easy guide in re-connecting your electronic devices at your new place.
Stretch wrap works like Press'n Seal, but on a bigger scale. With stretch wrap, you can group larger items together. Plus, this wrap can protect your furniture from getting scratched during the move.
You can use a clean garbage bag to gather your closet clothes into one bundle without having to take them out of the closet one-by-one.
Color-coding can be used to label items with the right boxes. Also, label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape, so that movers know where to place the boxes.
So, if you're moving to a new place, then do it the right way with these 15 easy hacks! And, as always, if you need further help on your move, then don't hesitate to consult a professional mover.
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