Moving is notorious for being stressful. And truthfully, it can be a lot to manage! Fortunately, we have some tips and tricks to help you pack smarter, reduce your workload, and ultimately make the moving process smoother and more efficient.
Before You Start Packing
Before you even start to pack, do a whole-house purge of anything you don’t use, don’t love, or don’t need. Not only will this give you less to pack and move, but it will also allow you to start fresh in your new home with only the things you really need and love. Ask yourself this: If you didn’t already have it, would you go out and buy it right now?
Create a Moving Binder
Put together a moving folder that can be a catch-all landing spot for anything move-related: new addresses, contracts, receipts, paint colors, agreements, etc. Throughout the moving process, you will have a place to put all your documents and refer back to it as needed.
Book Your Mover
Book your mover as early in the process as you can. Call around for different quotes to get yourself the best deal, and make sure to read reviews to find the highest quality and reliability.
Schedule Your Utilities
Most utility companies can turn services on or off in as little as 48 hours, but it’s still best to plan ahead. Schedule your utilities services at least two weeks in advance of your move.
Start with the off-season stuff.
Start by packing off-season items that you won’t be needing for a few months. Think holiday decor, seasonal outerwear, sports and recreation items for the opposite seasons, and so on.
Consider short term storage.
Short term storage can be a great solution for getting things out of your house before moving day. This can allow you to move your things out slowly and on your own time frame.
Use the right sized boxes.
Books and heavy items must go in small boxes. Pillows, linens, and light items can go in larger boxes. Professional movers will tell you: Do not fill up a giant box with lots of heavy things!
Don’t empty out your dresser drawers.
Instead of emptying all your drawers, simply take the drawers out of the dresser, leaving the items inside, and secure them by wrapping up the drawer in plastic wrap or a towel and tie-straps.
Leave your clothes on the hanger.
Don’t waste your time removing clothes from hangers and folding them all. Keep clothes on their hangers, wrap them in large garbage bags, and use masking tape to hold the group of hangers together at the top.
Use linens, towels, and other soft items for packing.
Rather than use up boxes for packing all your soft things, use them as packing material to cushion your breakables, separate dishes, and fill up extra space in boxes.
Label each box: Room + Contents
First, group your items by the room they will go in. This will save your sanity when it’s time to unpack! Then label each box with its intended room (to help the movers) AND the contents of the box (to help you and your family members).
Eat all the food.
The goal is to eat as much of the food in your house as you can! Don’t go grocery shopping right before you move. The less food you have in your house on moving day, the less you have to move! You can also donate unopened and unexpired food to your local food bank.
Moving Day Prep
Pack an overnight bag for everyone.
On the night before you move, make sure each person has a bag of daily essentials—a change of clothes, toiletries, must-have toys or lovies for the kids, medications, paperwork, etc. Take these overnight bags with you; don’t send them on the moving truck. If something goes wrong or gets delayed, you will have your essentials with you.
Have a plan for little kids and pets.
For pets and younger kids that might find moving day stressful, consider asking if they can hang out with friends or family. They can have more fun and you can have one less thing to manage.
Pack a cooler.
Stock a cooler in your vehicle with grab-and-go items that are quick and easy. Be sure to include water bottles and quick snacks, as well as some more nourishing choices in case you miss a meal.
Relocating households takes time, effort, and a whole lot of planning. Luckily, these packing and moving tips can make your moving process a smoother and easier experience! Happy moving!