Are you planning to move? That’s awesome! Well, until reality hits and you actually have to start with moving preparations, such as packing. Here are 17 moving tips that everyone should know – including you!
- Pack an overnight bag
The chances that you unpack your things the first day of your move is highly unlikely. So it’s best to pack an overnight bag. Include all your essentials, such as a change of clothes, toiletries, and some medicine.
- Pack basics in clear plastic bins
You want to have easy access to some home basics from the get-go. Pack items such as kitchen utensils, cookware, extension cords, trash bags, towels, cleaning supplies and a utility knife in clear plastic bins for practicality.
- Add handles to your boxes
Cut triangle-shaped holes on the sides of each box to create handles. This way you can move boxes around much easier.
- Use soft items as padding and space fillers
Use pillows, blankets, towels and soft toys as padding to protect fragile items or use them as space fillers.
- Wrap breakables in clothes
Save money on bubble wrap by wrapping your kitchenware, vases, frames and other breakables in clothes.
- Color code boxes by room
Label each box with a color specific to the room it belongs to. This way you know exactly where each box goes without even reading the list of contents.
- Label the side of the box, not the top
Boxes usually get stacked on top of each other, making it difficult to read the labels. Label the sides of the box so labels are always visible.
- Defrost your refrigerator before moving day
Don’t just unplug your fridge on the day of your move. Defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving otherwise you risk getting other pieces of furniture wet.
- Clean and fix things before you move in
Clean your new home and do any minor renovations before you bring in your belongings. You don’t want to think about cleaning and sealing that drafty window while unpacking all those boxes, do you?
- Use masking tape to keep mirrors in place
Form an X with masking tape and put it on your mirrors and glass frames. This will prevent the glass from falling out of the frame in case it is gets damaged during transportation.
- Place cotton in your powder cosmetics
Keep your makeup safe and in one piece by placing a piece of cotton or a cotton pad inside the packaging.
- Cover your toiletries with plastic wrap
Use plastic wrap to cover the openings of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, perfumes, etc. This will prevent them from leaking.
- Take a picture of your cords
Save yourself the trouble of figuring out where each cord goes by taking a picture before you disconnect them from your electronic devices. It’ll take you just a few seconds but can save you lots more.
- Put clothes on hangers in garbage bags
Simply cover the clothes with a garbage bag from the bottom up and they’re ready to be hanged in your new closet. No need to waste precious time taking clothes off hangers and then putting them back on.
- Vacuum seal seasonal clothes
Vacuum seal bags ensure your seasonal clothes take up less space and require less time to pack. Also, you can just put them away in your new home and not even think about them until the next change of season.
- Organize bits and pieces using zip lock bags
It’s easy to lose small screws, bolts, and random bits and pieces. To avoid this, keep them safe inside zip lock bags. You can even stick them to their corresponding piece of furniture and add labels.
- Pack boxes and furniture densely in the moving truck
Make sure everything is tightly fitted into the truck before departure. This will prevent items from shuffling around and getting damaged. You will never get a better opportunity to put those Tetris skills to the test!
Are you ready to move?
Do you need help moving? It’s okay to ask for some professional help, especially if you want a smooth, hassle-free move. Invoke Moving can help you and your belongings get from point A to point B safe and soundly. See for yourself. Contact us today for a free quote.