I should know one or two things about moving. I should be an expert! My family has moved 6 times in 6 six years. Blow my head off! Moving is a nightmare, but I’ve learned a few things over the years on how to make it easier and run more smoothly while packing.
Tip #1 GO GET YOURSELF A MCDONALD’S BREAKFAST AND A LARGE DIET COKE
You will need this FIRST in order to get through moving, or what I like to call HELL.
Tip #2 WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES
Try and find the ugliest thing you own and some comfy tennis shoes. You don’t want to ruin your cute new boyfriend tee while packing all your crap. I did that one time because I wanted to look somewhat cute. BIG MISTAKE. Also, wear pants with pockets. You’re going to want to have your phone on you when you need to take a breather and check your instagram. Priorities people.
Tip #3 GET A BABYSITTER
If you have children that are young and would be absolutely no help at all, call a babysitter. When I’ve packed with toddlers and babies it makes moving so much more stressful and it takes wayyyyy longerrrrrr! So get a babysitter if you can! Definitely worth the extra money.
Tip #4 HAVE A GARAGE SALE
We were never able to do this because we always lived in apartments until we bought our home that we are in now. But I wish we could have! We did sell a few things on Craigslist but I feel like it’s not as effective. So if you can, it’s an awesome way to get rid of stuff you don’t want anymore and make some money at the same time.
Tip #5 PUT HANGING CLOTHES IN GARBAGE BAGS
Best tip ever! This saved us sooooo much time when we had to unpack. Leave the hangers on the clothes and everything will be ready to hang up in the closet. Life saver!
Tip #6 USE BLANKETS, PILLOWS, STUFFED ANIMALS, ETC., FOR EXTRA PADDING
I wrapped all my big mirrors, TV’s and other fragile things with blankets and secured them by using stretch wrap. I also used pillows and stuffed animals for extra padding with small home decor items that were breakable. This will help save your pennies.
Tip #7 USE YOUR ROLLING LUGGAGE TO PACK HEAVY ITEMS
This a great tip. There were a few times where I had to pack by myself (so much fun!!!) and I needed to lift heavy items into the moving truck. This was awesome because I could just roll it out and up on the ramp into the moving truck. It saved my back!!!
Tip #8 PLASTIC WRAP AND STRETCH WRAP IS A PACKING ESSENTIAL
These two items were great because I used them to keep dresser drawers and nightstands shut. The first couple times we moved I would empty out the drawers and put them in a box. ROOKIE MISTAKE!! It was a complete waste of time and made unpacking a nightmare. Use wrap whenever you can!!!
Tip #9 PUT A BOX ASIDE FOR ESSENTIAL ITEMS YOU WILL NEED THE FIRST DAY YOU MOVE IN
This would include things like an extra outfit or pajamas, toothbrush, toothpaste, snacks, bedding, etc. After a long day of moving I’m sure not all your boxes will be unpacked. This will make it easier for that first night’s sleep in your new home.
Tip #10 USE DUCT TAPE TO TAPE OFF ITEMS THAT WILL LEAK
For example: cleaning supplies, shampoo, conditioner, opened bags of sugar, flour, etc.
Tip #11 GO DUMPSTER DIVING
We found all our moving boxes in dumpsters behind Wal-Mart or grocery stores. If you get there at a certain time you can actually get them before they stick them all in the compactor. Or look on Craigslist for people selling moving boxes. Most people are giving them away for free. It will save you $$$
Tip #12 COLOR CODE YOUR BOXES BY ROOM
I would print out labels for each room on a different color piece of paper or you can use different colored duct tape. This makes it so much easier! Especially if you hire movers. Each box is easily identifiable and has a place.
Tip #13 USE EVERY EMPTY SPACE
Fill your washer and dryer with items, refrigerator, dresser drawers, etc. This will save room in the moving truck.
Hope this helps! Enjoy one of the worst things ever! 🙂