I have moved quite a few times in the last few years and as I was packing my stuff this time around I was thinking to myself I did it right this time around and I just started thinking about all the things I did in order to make this process so much easier and I decided to write it all down and share it with you. Here are the top moving and packing tips.
If you are really not that great at estimating like most of the population buy two to three times the amount of boxes you think you’re going to need. Seriously, or you are just going to have to keep going back and buy more boxes. The same rule of thumb applies for tape, buy two or three more roles than you think you’re going to need. The great thing about companies like U-Haul is that if you have any unused flat boxes you can return them. So it’s not like once you buy the boxes they’re yours. This time around I went to the U-Haul store two times and the second time I bought many more boxes that I thought I would need and I ended up using every single one. Buy small boxes. I know you may think it’s a waste of money, waste of space. You think that you’re just going to get the big boxes and just stuff a bunch of stuff in there and will be able to lift those boxes up. Even a small box can get so heavy, especially when it comes to your kitchen stuff, fragile stuff. I have a bunch of ceramics pots, without the plants. It’s very difficult to dump all these pots in a huge box and then move it away. With a small box you can write FRAGILE in huge letters. It just makes it so much easier for you and if you have movers, so much easier for them as well.
Whether you’re moving yourself or with movers just put everything in boxes. You may have a bunch of containers, like small baskets, open ended baskets that you think act like a container or a box in itself. The problem is it’s not stackable. When you try to place those containers with a bunch of weird shaped objects they don’t stack well in a car and you’re just making it really difficult for yourself or the movers, so just put everything in boxes and make your life a lot easier.
When it comes down to actually packing I know it can just be so overwhelming. The first thing I will pack is a suitcase with stuff that I actually need for the next few days, for instance, clothes and toiletries. I just act like I’m about to go traveling and therefore you don’t have to worry if you’re going to need certain things when you’re putting them away, you’re just making it a lot easier for yourself. Within that same suitcase or another bag I would set aside some essentials that you will need right away in your new house. I’m talking about toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, Clorox wipes, sanitizing wipes. The worst thing for you to do would be to show up to your new place with all your stuff and realize like you don’t know where your toilet paper is and you have to go to the bathroom. I think about those things. It’s important so make sure to set aside some of those essentials. Once that’s all done I start packing in sections. So you just start off with stuff that you’re not going to need at all, like knickknacks, books, your clothes and toiletries because you already set aside some. I would recommend the very last thing you pack is your fridge. If you create sections for yourself it’s going to be so much easier for you. I feel like I get really overwhelmed when there’s too much going on. I’m not a good multitasker. If I just concentrate in one section at a time then it’s just so much better.
Labeling boxes is so important, but when it comes to labeling, I would also say be specific on the boxes. Don’t just write kitchen but write specific things that are inside there because there’s a lot of things that go into your kitchen. For some reason this time around I packed all my kitchen sponges in a really random box that had nothing to do with kitchen stuff. I must have filled up all the kitchen boxes and the sponges were just one more thing and I must have tossed them in another box thinking I would remember. I did not remember. So ultimately I didn’t have a sponge for a couple days because I couldn’t figure out which box it was in. If I just thought OK I’m going to write down that I have sponges in this box, it would have made my life a lot easier.
Something I want to touch on is what to wear while packing and moving. I am completely convinced using full overalls, not just short ones, but ones that are a long leg jean. It’s great being able to put a couple sharpies and tape in the front pocket. A lot of times I would wear the tape on my arm, but then I would start getting marks. While you’re packing you’re just constantly losing stuff. Things are just being hidden under other things. I’ll constantly put things in my overalls. I’ll put my phone in there even, it just gives you a little bit more protection. I feel like during moving I get a lot of cuts and bruises and I think these overalls, having like a jean material, really prevented some cuts and bruises from happening too. I’d also recommend wearing boots. I just wear my Doc Martens the whole time, you do not want those little toes of yours getting crushed.
This last is for those of you who have decided to go with movers. I think when it comes to movers just go with the best of the best. I’m already weary of letting strangers into my home, but strangers into my home handling all my personal things, it makes me a little bit nervous. There have been stories on the news in the past about people finding movers off of Craigslist who loaded their stuff in a stolen truck and then just drove away. The cops found the truck a few days later, but obviously their stuff was gone.
When it comes to movers, just get the best of the best that have good reputations and really good Yelp reviews. I found my movers this time on Yelp and I’m so happy with them. They made sure that both my buildings were okay with their insurance. We talked multiple times about the exact logistics and about what was going to happen on moving day. It was such a seamless experience. I’ve never had that before and not only that. They were extremely organized. I was just watching them so impressed, they made sure that every single piece of furniture was wrapped and padded and protected. Everything was delivered in pristine condition. If you’re hiring movers, bite the bullet, and get the best. If will save you heartache later.
That was my top ten moving tips. I hope this was helpful for you if you’re in the process of moving or thinking about moving. If this was helpful drop me a line and tell me if you have any tips I missed. I’d love to hear from you all. Until next time.