Moving somewhere new can be really exciting. You get to start over, explore new places, and meet new people. What could possibly get in the way of your fresh start?…Oh, that’s right. You have to pack up everything you own and find a way to fit a house full of things into a truck.
Easy right? I’m not going to lie to you, it’s not fun. Luckily, I’m here to give you some pointers:
TIP #1 START WITH STORAGE AREAS
Knowing where to begin can be overwhelming for anyone. I suggest that you start with your storage areas. Box up the things that you already have tucked away, and then slip the boxes back onto the same shelves. It’s an easy place to start and you can keep filling the closet and garage shelves up with more boxes as you keep packing your heart out. Once those locations have reached their maximum level of fullness, pick one area or room of your house to be your dumping ground for boxes.
TIP #2 LABEL, LABEL, LABEL
Make sure you are clearly labeling your boxes on the top and on at least 2 different sides. I’m sure you would be impressed with how well I can write upside down. First write a generic label to tell you which room the box belongs in like ‘Kitchen’ or ‘Master Bath’. Then write a smaller more specific description of what’s in the box like ‘small appliances’ or ‘toiletries’. Believe me, you are going to want to know which box the toilet paper is in. Also, do yourself a favor and have a special box for important, time sensitive paperwork (because moving comes with a lot of paperwork), keys, often used medications, or anything you know you’re going to need ASAP. Make that box stand out so it’s easy to find.
TIP #3 USE WHAT YOU HAVE
Do not waste your money on buying rolls and rolls of bubble wrap. Use what you have on hand first. Towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, or even hot pads are excellent padding materials. If you’re worried about breaking your crock pot with a glass lid, small picture frames, or the glass poodle your great aunt gave you for your wedding; grab a towel and wrap your breakables in it. You’re going to have to pack your linen closet anyways, so you may as well put it to good use. I’ll also note that the 300 plastic grocery sacks you have stashed away in your kitchen make excellent cushions too.
TIP #4 PLASTIC WRAP
My absolute favorite product to use when I move is plastic wrap. I’m not talking about the generic plastic wrap you get to wrap up leftover pizza. I am talking about the giant, sometimes green roll of plastic wrap you’ll find at stores like Home Depot by the moving boxes. It will solve so many problems for you. Here’s a small list of ways to use it:
-wrap up large pictures/mirrors to keep their frames from getting scratched
-run plastic wrap around dressers and cabinets to keep doors and drawers in place
-throw a blanket over TVs and plastic wrap it in place to protect the screen
-plastic wrap the remote to the correct TV so it doesn’t get lost
-keep bed frames or the shelves from a bookcase together by wrapping them up
-plastic wrap open bins/drawers with no lid to keep everything from spilling out
TIP #5 BUY THE GLASS PACKING KIT
Just buy it. This will make your life so much easier. Unless you want to get boxes from the local liquor store (valid option), then just do it. It’s totally worth it, and it will protect your glasses better than wrapping them in towels can.
TIP #6 MAKE YOUR BED A PRIORITY
This is a tip I got from my grandma, a woman who has moved 30+ times in her life. With all of the hard work you are going through with moving, you need to make sure you sleep well. Put your bed towards the end of your moving truck, and set up your bed first thing when you start unpacking. You might feel a little silly worrying about your bed when you have so much to do, but you’ll be so glad you did when you finally stop unpacking at 1 in the morning. You can stumble straight to your room and collapse into your ready and waiting bed.
TIP #7 GET THE BIG TRUCK
Unfortunately I speak from experience when I tell you that it’s not worth it to save a few dollars by getting the smaller truck that says it’s for a 2-3 bedroom house. Even if you have a 2-3 bedroom house. You have more stuff than you think you do. I promise. I remember the move when we made this epic mistake. My husband spent 4 hours playing Moving Truck Tetris trying to figure out how to make everything fit. The people who came to help us move were not pleased. So please. Believe me when I tell you that you will need the bigger truck.
TIP #8 DON’T WASTE THE OPPORTUNITY
Moving is a rare time when you have to look at everything you own. Take the time to whittle down your stuff. Take the chance to sell, give away, or donate things you are no longer using. Your fresh start will feel a lot fresher this way.
Moving is never easy, but I’m confident that you are ready for the challenge. Good luck!
WRITTEN BY CANDICE TUTTLE