Moving Tips 101 – We Know It Sucks!!!
Moving just flat out STINKS!!!! We know that when you’re ready to make a move, but your stuff is staring at you in the face, silently mocking you……you just want to look the other way. Packing up all your belongings is a daunting task, but there are many ways to make your packing easier. These eight easy tips will get you ready to pack with a vengeance.
1. GET ORGANIZED
There are so many online tools that will help you get organized. How many boxes do I need? There’s a helpful website for that. Breakdown your packing by the room and label each box by identifying the room and the boxes general contents…..there’s a helpful website for that. Don’t mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent miniature knickknacks and small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.
2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE
We know it SUCKS but don’t procrastinate! This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day. Begin with items that are least essential to your daily life. If you pace yourself, you will be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming. Make packing easier by not waiting to get started.
3. PACKING LABELS
Label clearly. On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name. Use different colored markers for each room, which will provide additional clarity for you and your movers.
4. USE PACKING PAPER
Be clean…….regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions. Use white packing paper to wrap all items.
5. STICK WITH MOVING BOXES
Use boxes designed for moving. Boxes from your local grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.
6. KNOW WHAT YOU CAN’T PACK
Know what you can’t pack. Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law. Read our list of what you can’t put on the moving truck.
7. MOVING VALUABLES
Don’t box up everything. You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables. Make packing easier by decided what doesn’t need to be packed.
How are you going to get all of your belongings from point “A” to point “B” safe and sound? It all depends on your budget…..you can have a moving company pack up all of your belongings……..inventory it and move it for you. I’ve moved many times on the company’s dime so it didn’t affect me financially. However, it can be very expensive and somewhat intrusive because you’re having strangers pack your personal belongings and getting into your personal space. If you’re on a tight budget and your move is somewhat local……..after you’ve pack and organized your belongings, invite your friends and family to help you load and unload your stuff. Here’s the right way to reward your friends and family after helping you move……you certainly wouldn’t want to alienate them because you may have to move again. Good luck in your new place!