Is moving day approaching? Chances are you’ve got a huge to-do list that isn’t getting any shorter. Don’t panic. Here are some moving hacks and tips that will save you money and take all the hustle and bustle out of moving.
Pack first day essentials
Unbelievable as it may seem, unpacking is actually more difficult than getting everything neatly boxed up. It’s the real moment of truth. Did the bubble wrap do its job? Are the plates all in one piece? Did you forget something? Other than get everything off the truck you probably won’t have time to do much else, let alone begin to unpack all the boxes.
For this reason it’s important to pack a first day box/bag/bin with all the essentials you need to get you through the day. You don’t really want to rifle through boxes looking for toilet paper, do you? Here’s a basic list of things your ‘first day pack’ should include:
- Trash bags
- Toilet paper
- Paper towel
- Paper bags and cups
- Disposable cutlery
- Shampoo and soap
- Change of clothes
Don’t pay for boxes
There are many places you can get boxes for free. Begin by hopping on to your local Craigslist. Enter “moving boxes” in the “free stuff” section. You’ll find all the boxes you want and a lot of other freebies, too.
An even more efficient strategy for free box hunting is to drive down to your local supermarket and ask the staff if they have any empty boxes to spare. Most stores restock daily so there’s bound to be some empty boxes somewhere in the back.
Extra tip: When you go to pick up the boxes make sure you take a box cutter along with you. It’s more than likely the boxes are still assembled and will need to be collapsed.
Protect your makeup
Are you so attached to your makeup you fear for its safety? Cotton pads are here to save the day. Simply put a cotton pad inside the packaging and your makeup will have a layer of cushioned shield.
Keep liquids from spilling
Prevent liquids such as shampoos, lotions and shower creams from spilling by covering the opening of the packaging with clear wrap and then sealing it with the lid. Simple, yet effective.
Put your glasses in socks
Yes, this may sound a little strange but it works. Place individual glasses in a sock and place it in a box. Rest assured that no glasses will be harmed during your move.
Place foam plates between plates
Buy a pack (or two) of disposable foam plates and put them in between plates when packing. This will prevent plates from battering against each other and causing damage. The foam plates act as an extra layer of soft protection. Plus, foam plates are pretty cheap, so it’s a small investment that can save you a new set of china.
Use window cleaner to move appliances
Your appliances won’t budge an inch? No problem. Spray a bit of window cleaner at the feet of appliances and slowly push. You will notice it slide across the floor with greater ease.
Cover your dining set with bedding
This is probably the only time kitchens and bedrooms are a good combination. Use an old fitted bed sheet to cover your dining table and pillow cases to cover your chairs. This will ensure your dining set remains scratch-free.
Extra tip: Remove the legs of tables to free up some space for other items.
Are you ready to move?
Moving doesn’t have to be a DIY project. Call in a team of professional movers to make your move a breeze. Contact Invoke Moving and find out why they are the best professional movers in town.