Top 7 Moving Hacks You Need in Your Life
Packing can be one of the most stressful events in your life. More often than not, a move is associated with a life-changing event. You've probably just gotten a new job, are moving in with your significant other, having another baby or possibly getting divorced. And now you’re having to take all of your belongings, keepsakes and memories, putting them into cardboard boxes and shipping them off to a new home.
It's time-intensive, labor-intensive and can be overwhelming at times. But luckily in today’s day and age there are shortcuts or “hacks” for just about everything.
Organization is Your Key to Success
1. Checklist for the Win
Reduce stress by utilizing a pre-made checklist and building on it with your personal to-do items. This checklist lays a great foundation for you to get started and make sure you're on track for your big day!
2. Boxes, Boxes and More Boxes
Instead of digging through your local grocery store’s dumpster or spending all too much at your local Home Depot on boxes, order your boxes and moving supplies ahead of time to be delivered to your house. You can also order other supplies like tape, packing paper, mattress covers and more.
3. Packing Supplies Basket
Create a packing supplies basket before you begin packing. You’ll be able to tote it around as you go from room to room without having to ask yourself 50 times, “where is the tape?” You might want to have packing tape, color coding stickies, scissors, sandwich baggies for small items and sharpies.
4. Color Coding
Color code your boxes to make it easier at your new home. There’s nothing worse than having to move heavy boxes from your master bedroom back down to the kitchen after your movers (and/or friends) leave. If you are so bold, you can also create a map of your home, color code it and display it for your movers to avoid any confusion over "Bedroom 1" versus "Bedroom 2".
5. All in One Fell Swoop
Keep your clothes protected and organized by leaving them on the hanger and throwing clean garbage bag around them. You can label each bag, throw them in a box and then hang them right back up. If you organize them a certain way then you can easily unpack them in your new closet without going through the hassle of reorganizing your clothes.
6. Utilize What You've Already Got
Small hand towels are perfect for wrapping fragile items such as glassware. Oven mitts are a great sleeve for storing those sharp knives and plastic wrap can be used instead of tape. Get creative! For example, you can save those paper bags from the grocery store to wrap your fragile items instead of spending money on bubble wrap (which is fun, but not always cost-effective).
7. First Night Preparation
Use the checklist below to make sure you've got all the essentials for the first night in your new home. This will make it less stressful than trying to rummage through every box looking for your daughter's favorite stuffed animal or your laptop charger.
Although you have a long road ahead of you packing, loading the truck, unpacking, cleaning and getting settled in, you're on track to make this an easy move. The better you prepare up front, the easier the process will be. And - don't forget to have fun in the process! You'll only make it harder if you moan and groan the entire time. Turn your music up, laugh and make light of what can be a very cumbersome event.