Whether you are moving for the second time or the 13th time, moving is a notoriously stressful process that can throw even the most experienced planners for a loop. Fortunately, there are some moving tips and packing tips that can make the packing and unpacking process a little bit easier, which can help save time and make the process go a bit smoother. Here are some packing hacks for moving.
#1: Don’t empty dresser drawers.
If you have dressers full of drawers or other belongings, don’t empty everything out of the drawers and put them in a box. Instead, use the drawers as their mode of transportation. Make sure things are secured, wrap the drawer in plastic wrap, then move it. That way, when you get to your new space on moving day, you can just put the drawer right back in where it belongs.
#2: Mark things well.
Label, label, label! The better you label your boxes, the easier it is to find what you need when you have a mountain of boxes to unload in the new living space.
You might also think about using a color code to identify how you pack your boxes. For example, small items, toilet paper, towels (these are important in a new home!), fragile items, and more. Empty spaces in boxes can cause small items to shift around, so be careful how you pack!
#3: Keep clothes on hangers.
Packing clothing sometimes means throwing everything in the back seat of a car or in a bunch of large boxes — cardboard boxes, no doubt — and sealing it up with packing tape. But if you are emptying out your closets, keep them on the hangers and add them into garbage bags or into a wardrobe box. This saves time in finding hangers and hanging each item individually. This way, you can grab a handful of clothes on the hangers and put them directly into your new closet.
#4: Use your towels and linens as packing material.
Your towels, linens, and other soft items can be used as packing material to protect your glasses, dishes, vases, or other materials that need to be transported. In the kitchen, wrap utensils and knives with large rubber bands, and use dish towels to further secure them.
#5: Take advantage of suitcases.
Suitcases can be used as a mode of transportation too. Consider putting books, shoes, or other heavy items that may not be as easily transported in a moving box.
#6: Designate essentials.
Moving can often feel like you are uprooting your life. It can be helpful to pack a bag or small box of essentials that includes important documents, phone chargers, toiletries, medications, and some utensils and plates that you can use when you first get into the home.
Our team at Smooth Move People can help complete your move with ease and efficiency.