It’s all wonderful and exciting until you start to think about how much crap you have.
Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.
This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.
And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
This is a great tip for traveling in general.
This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents.
It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.
ALSO: Use this method with the cords for your electronics.
Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.
Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.
It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.
Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.
Another note: If you have enough friends, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.
Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.
Make a detailed corresponding list of what’s in each box by number. This makes it easier to make sure you didn’t forget any boxes, or god forbid, someone stole one. AND, if there’s anything valuable in there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down right there on the box.
Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you. You might want to weigh the pros and cons though — they won’t want to be responsible for a television that isn’t properly packed in its original box and could end up charging you upward of $150 to pack it as they see fit.
Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
For instance, some movers will only move things in boxes, not garbage bags. Which means you’ll be paying them extra for unnecessary boxes at a marked-up price.
This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
It’s an inexpensive shipping option for large items. Just remember to pack your stuff really well — your boxes WILL get a little beat up along the way.
This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
It’s an easy way to make you feel like you aren’t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself.
But it takes time for things to sell on Etsy and eBay, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.
It’ll save you the trouble of having to take it there yourself.
The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.
Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.