Moving Tips and Tricks
Moving Tips and Tricks
Secrets to Packing and Moving Like a Pro…
Whether it’s your 1st or your 20th time moving, there are plenty of moving tips and tricks to make the process smoother.Â Below, you’ll find everything from tips on how to pack, label and move to getting your friends to help and making sure your items are in good shape when you land.
Tip #1: Packing Your Place
There’s way more to packing than hunting down used boxes at the grocery store or online. Packing moving boxes is as much an art as it is a science. A primary trick is to get specialized boxes for fragile or oddly shaped items. You can purchase these boxes from moving and storage companies or even at local office supply stores or big box stores like Walmart or Target. Using boxes in bad shape is the quickest way to have them come apart and damage your items. You may have to shell out a few extra dollars for new boxes and plenty of good quality tape, but it will be worth it when your items arrive in one piece.
- For kitchen breakables, purchase “dish barrel” boxes to hold your dishes in place and use plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap.
- Cylindrical poster tubes are an ideal container for art that can be rolled up.
- Wardrobe boxes with a bar for hanging your clothes may seem decadent, but they’re huge time savers when it’s time to unpack.
- Wall art, mirrors and such are better protected in long, flat boxes.
- They’re not boxes, but vacuum sealable bags are great for coats and other clothing and can help you save a ton of space.
If you’re employing local movers Marietta Ga, then they’ll appreciate all your extra efforts to properly pack and prepare and you’ll become their partner in preventing unnecessary claims.
Tip #2: Padding is Cheap Insurance…
Packing paper is extremely useful and fairly cheap compared to styrofoam peanuts and/or bubble wrap. It’s also easily recyclable, as opposed to Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Newspaper or magazine pages can serve the same function and is more affordable, but the ink may stain your belongings, so use it with caution. You can use packing paper or newspaper to line the bottom of boxes and to wrap fragile items like dishes, mirrors, or pictures in frames. Just crumple it up and you have the perfect cushioning material.
Tip #3: Labeling Saves Time, Effort and Frustration
When it comes to knowing where things came from and are going to when you unload…labeling can’t be under estimated in the amount of time, effort and frustration it will save you. Consider numbering and/or lettering your boxes and keeping a reference list. That way, if you need to find something, you’ll know which box number to look for. You can even label or color code each box to its appropriate room. Make your labels highly visible by using a dark marker on light colored tape and avoiding dark colored tape. Mark boxes on their tops and sides so you can read them no matter how they’re stacked.
Tip #4: Keep Everything in Its Place
Try to leave items in their usual places so you don’t waste time putting everything back when it’s time to unpack. For instance, make sure knives are firmly secure in their knife block with lots of sturdy packing tape and paper. Do the same for silverware in fitted trays. If you have clothing in your dresser, tape the drawers shut and secure them closed with tape and moving pads.
Tip #5: Designate a Packing Room
Pick a room in your house or apartment to be your center of packing operations. This makes the process more efficient and limits much of the mess to one room, which will help lessen the stress of moving. Choose a room with a large table surface so you can wrap while standing up.Â This is not to say you can’t have two or three packing rooms, i.e. kitchen, master bed and basement…as sometimes you need one on each floor to avoid carrying things all over before packing them.Â The bigger your home or business, the more packing rooms you’ll be needing.
Tip #6: High-End Packing for High-End Electronics
Computers, stereo equipment and other electronic equipment is expensive and fairly fragile, so pack them carefully. The best containers for costly electronics like computers or televisions are their original boxes, but many people throw these away after purchase. If you can’t find the original box, find a sturdy, appropriately sized substitution or purchase one from a moving company.
Remove the item’s cords, wrap them, label each appropriately, and then pack them in a bag that you will include in the box. Use a blanket, towel, or moving pad to wrap the item, then slide it into the box. If there’s still space left over, use crumpled-up packing paper or rolled-up socks to fill in the holes.
Tip #7: Books – Great for Your Brain…Not Your Back
The pursuit of knowledge is a noble endeavor, but heavy books are often the cause of pulled muscles and soar backs after moving day. If you can bear the loss, now is the time to pare down your library to the essentials. If you can’t sell them to used bookstores or online, consider donating them to a good cause. Prisons, public schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and literacy centers are usually happy to accept your books if they’re in good condition.
Once you get down to the books you must take with you, make sure you use smaller size and heavier weight boxes with plenty of tape so the boxes don’t come apart while you’re moving them.Â The smaller boxes will also help to keep the weight of each individual box down so they can be moved around by hand if needed.
Tip #8: Throw a Reverse Housewarming Party
We all know that holding a yard sale and/or donating your unwanted belongings is a great way to eliminate some items before a move, but not everyone has time or lives in a populated area. If you find yourself short on time but long on unwanted items, invite your friends over for a “Reverse Housewarming” party. Instead of bringing something to share, party guests have to take an item home with them.
Tip #9: Plan a Homecoming Celebration
Even using all of these moving tips and tricks, moving is physically lots of work and emotionally tiring, so you deserve a break when you finally get unloaded. Many hands makes light work, so get friends to help or hire some professional movers in Marietta Ga or wherever else you’re moving to so you’re not useless after the move and a one day move doesn’t turn into a week.
Plan to unwind once you finish unloading, even if it’s just takeout from a restaurant in your new neighborhood. You don’t want your first night in your new home to be a stressful one. A little preparation goes a long way if you can, visit your new home before moving day or send a friend by to stock the fridge with champagne and do some research online to find out what the best rated pizza and take-out restaurants are in your area.