1.Declutter! When you’re preparing for a move, it’s the perfect time to get rid of anything you don’t use or need anymore. There are plenty of places you can donate gently used clothes and items to, or you can try to make a little money selling them.
2. Stock up on lots of boxes. You can either spend money on new boxes to use, or you can hit the road and pick up some for free. Grocery stores and shoe stores generally have a lot of boxes broken down the back, and employees are often more than happy to give some to people who are moving. Another great place to stop in is your local liquor store. The boxes they have are usually really strong and have handles, which is a definite plus!
3. Pack an overnight bag. After moving all day, the last thing you want to do is search through a bunch of boxes to find your tooth brush or phone charger. Pack any toiletries, clothes, or phone chargers that you will need at the end of the day.
4. Pack a “first day” tub. Fill a clear plastic tub with the essentials you will need for your first day in your new home. This can include toilet paper, cleaning supplies, snacks, chargers, etc.
5. Put plastic wrap over your drawers so you don’t have to empty them. By doing so, you will secure the items in your drawers and protect them from getting dirty. It also saves you the time and work of having to pack the stuff up into boxes, then unpack them back into the drawers.
6. Place styrofoam plates between your glass plates to keep them from breaking in transit.
7. Leave your clothes on the hangers and just simply put a garbage pack up around the clothes in bunches. This is seriously the easiest way to move a closet full of clothes.
8. Label not just what’s in the boxes, but also what room the boxes go in. If you’re feeling ambitious you can also color code the boxes using colorful duct tape so everyone knows what boxes go where. Also, don’t forget to clearly label if a box has fragile contents.
9. Take picture on your phone of how any electronics are hooked up so you can remember where all the wires go.
10. Reserve a moving truck well in advance so you don’t end up out of luck on the day of. You can also reserve a moving pod to fill in the days leading up to your move so you’re on less of a time crunch.
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