Moving is a big event, whether you only plan to do it once or have to move often. There are a lot of things to keep track of so it can be an overwhelming process. However, in our years of experience, we have discovered some moving hacks that make everything a whole lot easier.
Try these easy moving tips to save you time, money, and headache during your next move:
Moving Hacks That Will Make Moving Easier
If there is anything you want to remember the exact placement of – shelving décor, gallery walls, electrical wiring – then take a picture of it before you pack it up. When you get to the new house, you can refer to the photos to recreate it exactly as you had it before.
Wrap clothes in garbage bags
To save time and money, keep your clothes on the hangers and wrap sections in garbage bags. Start at the bottom, then tie the bag at the top. Your clothes will be protected and you can easily transfer them right into the new closet.
Label electrical wires
Electrical wires can quickly get confusing once you’ve unplugged everything and wind up in the new home with a ball of identical black chords. Save yourself a lot of time and headache by clearly labelling them before you take them apart.
Use blankets, shirts and stuffed animals to protect fragile items
Packing paper is a must when moving, but you can use some of your own items to fill empty spaces and wrap awkward, fragile items. Blankets, old shirts, and stuffed animals are all great for adding a buffer between your items.
Inventory and color-code your boxes
Keep an inventory of all your items categorized by room so you won’t have to go rummaging through boxes to find what you need and unpacking will be a breeze. Also, choose a color for every room in the new home and color-code the boxes with the corresponding marker or tape. At a glance, the movers will know which room to take it to and you’ll have an easier time organizing everything later.
Label boxes on the side and the top
Most people label boxes on the top, but once you start stacking them you won’t be able to see what room it belongs to. Instead, label the boxes once on the top and once on the side so you won’t have to unstack everything to find what you need.
Pack essentials boxes
Put aside necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes and tooth paste, plates, silverware, prescriptions, clothes, and anything else you will need handy for the first few days after the move. Having these things set aside will keep you from having to rummage through boxes to find what you need the first night in the new home.
Plan out your meals
In the chaos of the move, it can be easy to forget one very important thing: what to eat. To save yourself from scrambling when you get hungry, discuss it with everyone ahead of time and plan it out so you have whatever you need handy, whether it’s ingredients to cook, plans at a friend’s house, reservations at a restaurant, or menus for the closest takeout.
Use suitcases and dresser drawers
Since you have to move your suitcases and dressers to the new home, you might as well use that empty space to save some boxes. Just be sure to not make the dresser drawers too heavy, as you won’t want to make it dangerous to move.
Cover bottles in plastic
Any bottles containing liquid, such as shampoo or lotion, should be covered in plastic just in case anything explodes or breaks on the way to the new home.
Create a timeline and checklist
Two of the most invaluable things for an easier move are a timeline and a checklist. These two things will keep you on track and ensure that you don’t forget anything important, as you will have a lot to remember. Click here for our free moving checklist and timeline.
Make plans for your pets and kids
To keep all members of the family happy, make plans for your kids and pets on the day of the move. Both can experience a lot of stress amid the big change and chaos, so you’ll want to put some things in place to make sure they’re safe and experience as little stress as possible. Click here for tips on moving with kids and click here for tips on moving with pets.
Of course, the best hack of all is to hire professional movers and packers to take a lot of the burden off you. Click here to get in touch with us and find out more!