Top 20 Packing Tips For Moving
I assembled a list of my top 20 packing tips for moving. Unfortunately, after my divorce I moved around a few times. Because of that, I was always looking for ways to make the moving process easier.
Moving is such a hassle. With each move, It was important to me to find a few useful packing hacks. These packing tips for moving were such a life saver!
I hope you find this as useful as I do.
Here are the top 20 packing tips for moving I have found most useful.
- Wrap your glassware/ breakables in towels, sheets or clothing. This helps prevent your glassware from breaking, and you get to pack away your towels at the same time.
- Label boxes with their contents and what room they’ll go into. You can unpack by room, making the process more manageable.
- Also, label boxes on their sides not the tops of the box. The boxes will be easy to identify when they’re stacked.
- Cover the openings of liquid bottles with saran wrap, and then screw the tops back on. This will help prevent your toiletries from breaking and spilling all over your belongings.
- Use Press ‘n Seal paper wrap to keep drawers and displays intact. This is one of my favorite packing tips for moving. Keep your items in the drawers and cover the tops with Press ‘n Seal paper wrap. The drawer becomes it’s own moving box, keeping you from having to pack and unpack it. The same goes for things such as jewelry displays.
- Use sandwich bags to hold small parts that belong to items you take apart, such as mounted TV’s and curtain rods. Then tape it to the back of said item so that way everything is kept together.
- Take pictures of wires and cords for all electronics before you unplug them. Having the visual will make it easier to set up and reconnect the wiring once you’re in the new house.
- Make use of anything that can work in place of cardboard boxes. Use suitcases, picnic baskets, hampers, etc. in place of buying boxes and bins. Wheeled suitcases come in handy for transporting heavier items, such as books.
- Clean the new house before moving in/ unpacking. If you’re able to get into the new house before moving in, perform a full clean of the house. Cleaning will be easier when there is nothing in the house yet.
- Pack clothes last. Use your boxes for items that need to be packed up. Clothes can easily be transported in your car while still hung on their hangers.
- Do some spring cleaning while packing. This is another one of my favorite packing tips for moving. Donate or sell items that you don’t need or want anymore. There is no need to pack and then unpack extra items if you don’t have to.
- Defrost the fridge at least a day before. If you’re bringing your refrigerator with you, defrost it and clean up any liquid spills a day or two before moving day. You don’t want a wet mess in your new home.
- Use a number/color-coding system. Mark boxes with numbers or colors so you/moving company know exactly what room to put each box in.
- Pack items you will need first in clear bins. The clear bin allows you to see inside and you can easily get what you need. These items could be: box cutters, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, eating utensils, certain cookware, phone chargers, power strips, etc.
- Pack an overnight bag of your essentials. In case you don’t unpack every single box on the first day, having your overnight essential bag will come in handy. Throw in some toiletries, change of clothes, and your laptop. This also helps keep your laptop safe and secure.
- Avoid mixing items in the same box. To help the unpacking process go smoothly, put items in the same box that belong to the same room. This will prevent headaches when trying to figure out what room each item goes in.
- Tape the tops and bottoms of boxes. Even if the bottom of the box seems secure, tape it up after you tape the top. It will not be fun if your items end up falling out of the bottom. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Pack dishes standing up. Instead of laying plates down one on top of the other, stand them up side by side. This will help prevent them from breaking.
- Take advantage of what you own – use items you have to store and pack other items. Use glasses cases to store loose chargers and cables. Use contact lenses trays to store earrings.
- Start early. One of the most important packing tips for moving! Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing up your entire house. Start weeks beforehand with the items you don’t use on a daily basis. It will save you time and keep you on schedule when moving day arrives.
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Hopefully, by using my packing tips for moving, your move will be easy, smooth and as stress-free as possible.
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