Packing is a known nightmare, but we hope these helpful hacks will making moving easy (or easier at the very least!)
#1: Purge With the Sell, Donate or Toss Method
Create three piles of stuff you no longer want: Sell, Donate, and Toss/Recycle
Sell big ticket items like furniture, appliances and electronics (think garage sale, Facebook or Craigslist)
Donate items in good condition you won’t get money for like clothing and kitchenware
Toss or Recycle damaged or out of date things like magazines and broken furniture
By using the Sell, Donate or Toss method you’re effectively killing two birds with one stone. Not only are you reducing the amount of chaos and clutter, you’re also effectively reducing the number of items you need to move. Plus, if you’re able to sell anything you’re also bringing in money to offset your moving costs! See a more detailed description of the Sell, Donate or Toss method here.
#2: Label Boxes in Detail
Pack boxes by room and put like items (pots, pans and cooking utensils) together
Number boxes and keep a separate comprehensive list of all your boxes
Label boxes by number, room and general items (box 1: kitchen – cooking supplies)
Creating a detailed labeling system will increase your organization and unpacking productivity. This ensures boxes are packed, moved and unpacked by room; meaning all boxes end up where they belong and are filled with relevant items for that room. Further, if a box goes missing this labeling system helps to indicate which box has been lost and what it contained. Lastly, this method prevents a long disorganized search—you’ll know exactly which series of boxes to look in for any given item.
#3: Unpack and Assemble Beds First, Kitchen Second
Assemble all the beds before your movers leave and before you unpack anything else
Deal with the kitchen as soon as (or while) the beds are assembled
You will inevitably need a place to sleep tonight and it is in your best interest to make your first night’s sleep in your new place as comfortable as possible. You will be tired after a full day of moving!
The kitchen is equally important, especially if you have any perishables. You’ll also need to eat after a hard day of laboring to move house, so get the kitchen set up for use as soon as possible.
#4: Pack a First Night Box and an Unpacking Box
Pack two boxes of relevant stuff to help you move in; a First Night Box and an Unpacking Box
The First Night Box should include things like personal hygiene products and a change of clothes
The Unpacking Box should include things like tools, cleaning products and garbage bags
Packing a First Night and Unpacking Box will save you the time and the hassle of searching through numerous boxes to find the items you need. Click here to see a more detailed list of items to include in a First Night Box and an Unpacking Box.
#5: Packing Hacks – Pack Smarter not Harder
Don’t repack things already in drawers—just Cling-wrap the drawers closed (cutlery should be wrapped into its silverware tray first)
To move clothes hanging in a closet in bulk: pull a large trash bag up from the bottom of your clothes and wrap the strings/ties of the trash bag around the necks of the clothes hangers
Any clothes outside a closet or drawer should be rolled to save space
Double your space by putting smaller items into bigger ones: e.g., spices into crock pots
Move pillows and blankets in trash bags; alternately use blankets to cushion furniture from damage, or to fill heavy boxes
Move heavy items like books in a rolling suitcase
Reduce tangles in necklaces by threading them through straws or an empty toilet paper roll
Cut furniture reassembly time by putting furniture hardware in plastic baggies and taping it to the furniture
Reduce sticky messes by covering liquids with Cling-wrap before locking or closing lids: e.g., cooking oils, hair products, liquid soaps
#6: Quick Fix Hacks – Solve Problems Before They Arise
Avoid breaking art and wall-hangings by placing them in a flat priority mail box
Prevent breakage of mirrors and glass frames by taping a large ‘X’ across them
Keep mattresses clean by covering front and back with a fitted sheet
Fill nail holes in the walls with bar soap
Keep a door from locking by crossing a rubber band over the locking mechanism and looping the rubber band around both door handles
#7: Smart Moving Investments
Prevent injuries and save time by moving multiple boxes and heavy furniture with a dolly
Buy or reuse a wardrobe box to easily move clothing in closets (fill the bottom with bed linen etc.)
Having coffee and donuts available makes for a great start to the morning and helps keep the energy up and moving thru the long day
Get a few pizzas and a flat of beer for you and your movers—trust us, you’ll thank yourself later!