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35 million Americans will move this year alone.Reduce the chaos of moving day with prior planning and organization. Your “helpers” with be grateful and you’ll save yourself unnecessary stress.
And I think I’ve helped move almost half of them over the years. Okay, a little exaggeration, but it sure feels like it. When you have a truck, have strong organizational skills, and of course own a good pair of gloves, your friends and family come crawling out of the woodwork with promises of pizza and beer as payment for your efforts. I’m so easy I fall for it every time.
If you’re planning a move this year, join the crowd.
May has been named “National Moving Month” by the BBB, and for good reason. Most families choose May to make the move in order to avoid interrupting school calendars. Singles and couples without kids prefer May so they can settle into their new digs before summer arrives.
I thought I’d share 26 valuable tips I’ve gleaned over the years to make your move a bit easier. I decided to make this blog a two-parter (13 tips today and 13 tomorrow), so tune in to Thursday’s blog for the rest of my tips. I promise it’ll have a nail-biter ending.
13 Moving Tips to Make Moving Bearable and Life Easier for Everyone
1. Pack an overnight bag (or longer if needed) containing all the essentials – you’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.
2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin – toilet paper, power strips, phone chargers, general tools (like a box cutter, hammer and screwdriver) trash bags and cooking/eating utensils. You’ll thank me for this list later.
3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap – two birds, one stone: you’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.
4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well – when you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
6. Try to pre-clean your new bathroom and kitchen – put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking – this is a great tip for traveling in general.
8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, and then put the caps back on – keeps your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
9. Pack plates vertically, like records, in smaller boxes – they’ll be less likely to break.
10. Keep drawers intact by filling them to the top – dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and re-fold their contents. It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
12. Buy a roll of stretch wrap – it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
13. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs – tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.
Also: use this method with the cords for your electronics.
Though it sounded like complaining at the beginning of this blog, I actually enjoy helping friends and family move. It’s a win-win: I know I’ve saved them a ton of money, and they are so grateful for the extra hands. Plus, when else do I get to enjoy cardboard flavored pizza with warm beer? They don’t sell those in restaurants, ya know!