Less Stress Moving Tips
There is simply no fun way to pack and move. Packing everything in your home and moving is stressful and can be painful. New homes are wonderful but they come with a price. There are ways, however, that can make the process progress smoothly with a minimal amount of worry and stress.
Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
Wrap your breakables like dishes and glasses in clothing to save on bubble wrap. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks. Pack plates vertically, like records. This will make them less likely to break.
In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they will be going into, as well. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by the room. The unpacking process will feel more manageable and less overwhelming. 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. Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.
If at all possible, show up to your new home before the movers and pre-clean the 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.
Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal or shrink wrap.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and re-fold their contents. It will also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.
ShSS Shrink wrap works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it will protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched. Art work can be protected with shrink wrap. A healthy supply will be welcomed during a move. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen televisions.
Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.
Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
So be sure to hit up your local liquor store. Books are heavy so remember to not try to put too many in one box. If the boxes are smaller, they are easier to carry and manage, overall. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack all of your suitcases and duffle bags, as well. Boxes can be expensive, so this can be a huge savings. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Uprooting your life, family, and belongings comes with challenges. Anticipating the move into a new home is a happy occasion for most. Organize before the movers arrive. That way, upon your arrival at your new home, the transition and settling in process can be considerably easier and hopefully fun!
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