Moving from one home to another can be difficult and stressful, but there are things you can do that can make the move go easier, keep unpacking organized and maintain your sanity throughout the move. These tips can be used whether you pack yourself or hire a moving company to help you.
Pack the items you will need immediately in a clear plastic tub. These include box cutters, paper towels, trash bags and tools. By using a clear plastic tub, it will stand out among the other packed boxes so you know to grab it first. Be sure to include items such as phone chargers, toilet paper, power strips as well as a few cooking and eating utensils. Pack breakable items in clothing, such as using socks to pack glassware. Place a cotton ball in your powder makeup to prevent breakage. Cover the openings of toiletries with plastic wrap and then put the caps back on. Pack plates vertically with bubble wrap or newspaper in between.
Use different colored duct tape to label each room, such as pink for the bathroom, yellow for the bedroom and so on. Make a detailed list of what’s in each box by number and write that number on each box. This is especially helpful if you will not be moving your own things as you will know if a box is missing. . Label boxes not only with what is in them, but what room they should go in. Place all hardware such as screws, knobs etc. into a plastic sandwich bag and tape them to the back of the item they correspond with. It is also a good idea to write the name of the furnishing or appliance they go to on the bag should they become separated. This can also be helpful for electric cords.
The day of the move, take a photo of how electronics are connected so you can remember where all the wires go. If friends are helping you, provide them with food and drinks. In addition, give them first option of anything you don’t plan to keep. Be sure that you are completely packed before your friends show up to help you, unless you have hired a moving company. Take photos of the empty home when everything is out of it if you are renting as proof of how you left it. Fill nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap. Hire a pet and/or child sitter for moving day. If you have a lot of antiques or fragile items, it may be best to hire professional movers rather than ask friends as most movers are licensed and insured for breakage. However, be sure to read the fine print to determine if there are any items they will not move. For example, some movers will only move things in boxes, not garbage bags, and will charge you a significant markup to move items not included.
These tips can help your next move go smoothly and reduce the stress as you settle into your new home or apartment.