I have shared my packing story. There are a few things I would do the same and many things I would do differently. So here are the 10 Best Moving and Packing Tips for ya’
- No large boxes. Get small boxes. Only use large boxes if the items won’t fit in small or medium ones. Large boxes become too heavy too quickly and are a huge hassle to carry. It can lead to injuries, even if you’re not loading the truck yourself. If the box is too heavy for you to move around, chances are they are heavy for everyone. They are also much more likely to get dropped or have their tape seams burst. You can move things a lot quicker with smaller boxes and it’s easier to fit them in the truck.
- Use good trash bags for linens, towels, pillows and clothes. When I say good trash bags I mean don’t go to Walmart and buy the cheapest store brand trash bags because they will tear (trust me)! Invest a couple more dollars on stronger, flexible, ones. If you don’t want to invest in wardrobe boxes – the ones that have a bar for hanging clothes – you can make a hole on the bottom of a trash bag and cover hanging clothes like a garment bag. I did approximately 20 hangers for each 50 gallon bag.
- Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes or in the truck. You want to make sure things are secure and won’t break due to banging against each other. Fill all the gaps in the boxes with clothes, socks, towels, linens and packing paper. And use the trash bags for throwing over the boxes and squeezing in the gaps inside the truck.
- A good last item to load is the mattress which can serve as an extra pad in case boxes topple down. I found that mattresses are great first items to come out of the truck when moving. They are perfect for kids to crash (or yourself!) after a long day.
- Same room, same box. Try your best not to mix items from different rooms in the same box. It’s easier to unpack.
- Label the boxes clearly. I used a different colored duck tape for each room. They don’t come out as easy as stickers do and they are much easier to see. Write the contents on the sides and on top of each box. That way no matter how you stack them, you are still going to be able to know where they go and what the contents are.
- Make an inventory. Number each box and write down its contents on a piece of paper. Or you can buy an app for your phone called Moving Van which lets you take pictures and catalog everything.
- Plates and frames are less likely to break if you pack them vertically. True story!
- Before movers – or friends – arrive cover glass furniture (like china cabinets, curio cabinets, floor mirrors) with cardboard and roll all of your furniture with stretch wrap (it protects them form scratches). You do not want to do this the day of. When they get there the movers will move! You don’t want to be on their way stressing out over wrapping your furniture.
- Keep tools, sharpie and small plastic bags (for things that will have to be taken apart at the last minute) close.
Essential boxes to pack for the first and last few days:
- Suitcase: a few sets of clothes and shoes; phone charger; and box cutter (for unpacking boxes).
- Kitchen: paper towels; disposable plates, cups and utensils; cleaning wipes; snacks; coffee (can you do anything else without it)?!
- Bathroom: toiletries; toilet paper; first aid kit (murphy’s law); prescriptions.
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