Changing your life and moving into a new home is a process that can take weeks, sometimes even months to prepare for properly. As we have helped a large number of people move since we have been founded, and we know exactly how to keep your move organized and on track during the entire process. The more organized you are, the bigger the chances are that your move will be a successful venture. Take a look at our 10 moving and packing tips, that will make your life a little bit easier and your entire moving experience a LOT smoother.
1. Make a list
Don’t try to keep everything in your head, instead, choose to write everything down and stay organized. Before you even think of beginning the packing process, make a list with numbers and spacing to write down the contents of your boxes. Place a number on each box, and list the contents of each in your inventory. Writing everything down with as much detail as possible will provide you with an easier unpacking process that won’t stress you out as much and can be completed much faster. Be specific with your contents, and make sure that everything is listed in your inventory so you can check every box onto the moving truck and repeat the process once you arrive at your destination.
2. Purchase a lot of supplies
You should know that you will be needing a lot of boxes, and make sure to not underestimate the number of items you own. You’ll be needing more boxes than you probably think, and having a few extras on the side could seriously save your life. Make sure to have at least 5-10 boxes for the last items to be packed on moving day. You can purchase boxes online for a good deal, score some free boxes at your local grocery or liquor store, or buy high-quality supplies from your local movers! Keep in mind that you will be needing a lot of tape to secure your boxes and close them completely. Pad your items with newspaper, bubble wrap or packing paper, so the contents of your boxes stay put and safe during transit. Don’t cut corners with your padding materials, as they are extremely important when it comes to the safety of your items during the entire moving process.
Decluttering your home as you are going through the packing process can be one of the most beneficial things you could do for your entire relocation. This is a unique opportunity to truly go through each and every single item you have come to own over the years, and get rid of every single item you no longer find any use for. Consider donating, selling or simply getting rid of your unwanted items, as this will result in less items to pack, relocate and unpack again at your destination. This small yet vital step can make your life much easier in the long run, so make sure to heavily consider this as you are going through your possessions.
4. Color-Code your boxes
One of the most useful tips anyone could give you, is to go through your entire packing process in a way that will make the phase of unpacking easier for you. Once you arrive at your new home, the last thing you will want to do is to spend time and effort to unpack everything, so make sure to make this part of your move as easy as possible. A simple way to do so is to color code your boxes – and dedicate a color for each room of your new home. Apply colored stickers to your boxes, and do the same for the doors of the rooms of your new home. This will help your movers navigate your boxes in the correct rooms and make the entire unpacking process much easier on you and your family.
5. Keep your items together
When packing your items, or having your movers pack your belongings – insist on keeping your items together. Pieces of the same item should be placed in the same box when taken apart, and small loose parts should be secured with tape and kept on your item, or placed in a designated tote, envelope, small box or anything similar so you don’t lose them on moving tape. You can designate a parts box, and keep it open on the day of your move so your movers can place parts of your furniture like cords, pieces, nails or cables inside while they are disassembling your boxes. Keep this box with you, or color code it uniquely so it can be easily accessed once you arrive at your destination.
6. Pack ahead
Anything that you know you won’t be using until the day of your move, pack it right away no matter how far your move may be. Starting as early as possible with the process of packing and handling it in small segments can make the entire experience much smoother, more organized and less stressful on your end, as you will have plenty of time and will be able to complete it properly.
7. Use your luggage
Remember that using luggage, plastic bins, duffle bags and similar items can be a lifesaver when packing for your move. Sheets, towels, clothing and similar belongings that you find around the house can be placed inside. This will help you locate these items much easier, and you won’t have to waste boxes for these specific items.
8. Create a cleaning kit
You might need to clean your old home after moving out, or clean your new home once you get there. Make a cleaning kit with basic cleaning supplies and rags. Everything that you can clean before should be done then as doing this on moving day can be quite energy draining.
9. Important documents should stay with you
Create a list of important papers or documents such as utility company numbers, recent bank records, bills, birth certificates, school records, phone lists, closing papers and more, and keep them with you at all times.
10. Personalize boxes for your family
Instead of making one emergency kit for your entire family, consider dedicating one for each family member. Have each family member create a list with their essential items that they will be reaching for as soon as you arrive in your new home, such as a phone, nightlights, address book, keys, clothing, medication, cosmetics and more – and pack a separate box for each.