Fifty Moving Tips
Over the years, we've learned a lot about moving and collected loads of great moving tips. Here are fifty of our favorites.
#1: Assemble and make your bed first so that after a long day of moving, your bed will be ready for you to fall into.
#2: Put a laundry basket filled with towels, soaps, toiletries, paper, etc. into your car. Make it the first thing you unload.
#3: Use 2 old fitted sheets to keep your mattress clean during a move. Wrap one around each side.
#4: Defrost your refrigerator at least 1 day before moving. Clean and dry all surfaces inside and out. Pack drawers & shelves separately.
#5: For same-city moves, hire a sitter for your children and pets.
#6: Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving. You'll have less to throw out or pack on the big day.
#7: Schedule a charity organization to pick up the items you don’t want at least ten days prior to moving.
#8: Getting rid of valuables? Start selling on Ebay, Etsy or Craigslist 8 weeks before your move.
#9: File your change of address with the US Postal Service 2 weeks prior to your move. You can do it online here: ow.ly/LYJl2
#10: When leaving a rental, take pictures of the cleaned-out apartment. It can save you from being overcharged for cleaning and repairs later.
#11: Wear sweat proof sunscreen, if your move requires a lot of outdoor time.
#12: Remember to book your mover as soon as possible. Forget, and you can get stuck if no trucks are available on the day you need to move.
#13: Number your boxes & keep a general listing of what's in each on a piece of paper. You'll be able to find things easier when you arrive at your new place.
#14: Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.
#15: Use your wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
#16: Pack items in all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases.
#17: If possible, pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen of your new place & stock with towels, soap, etc. a few days before your move.
#18: Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
#19: Put small parts, screws & cords in sandwich bags and tape them to the back of the item they belong to.
#20: Use stretch wrap to protect items and group things together. ow.ly/LYUCC
#21: Make dresser drawers into "boxes" by wrapping them in stretch wrap. You won't have to unpack and refold clothes.
#22: Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
#23: For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
#24: Place an extra cotton pad or cotton ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking. (Works great for travel packing too!)
#25: Pack plates vertically in boxes. They will be less likely to break.
#26: Use beer boxes for books because they have handles on the sides.
#27: When packing, ask yourself, “Will it cost less to replace this than to move it?”
#28: Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing and put it right into storage when you arrive at your new location.
#29: Buy multi-colored masking tape and color code each room & their corresponding boxes.
#30: Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
#31: Donate your gently used children's books to a charter school library.
#32: Pack heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.
#33: Avoid frustration on moving day. Map out where all your furniture will fit with an online space planner. roomstyler.com/3dplanner
#34: Easiest way to move hanging clothing: Cut 2” hole into bottom center of large trash bag. Slip bag over 5 – 10 hangers w/ clothes, so hooks stick out through hole.
#35: Use a calendar to schedule by when each room will be packed.
#36: Delegate. Agree with family members which moving & packing tasks they will complete and by when they will finish them.
#37: Track your progress. Every week, track where you are against your plan in the calendar. Revise your plan as needed.
#38: Need boxes? Ask printers, liquor & furniture stores for extras. Or, Amazing Moves sells boxes starting at 75 cents each. ow.ly/NyNzC
#39: Use Craigslist and Freecycle to pass your boxes onto someone else who's moving.
#40: Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes. Use larger boxes for lighter items like linens and pillows.
#41: When reviewing new energy providers, ask about their different usage plans, so you don't get stuck paying more than you should.
#42: Take advantage of the moving or first time customer deals that many phone & internet companies offer.
#43: Stop buying pantry items 4 to 6 weeks before moving. Get creative with meals as the pantry dwindles.
#44: Invest in a secure lock box to keep treasured valuables safe while on the move.
#45: Fill empty spaces in boxes with soft items to prevent shifting and damages.
#46: Keep a binder of all moving records, receipts, deposits, and inventory so you don't have to search for these important documents.
#47: Pack a cooler full of snacks and drinks to hydrate and keep your energy up on moving day.
#48: Be liberal with tape on your boxes' stress-zones.
#49: Recycle your old contact paper from your kitchen to bundle your breakables.
#50: Moving large frames with glass? Tape a large X to strengthen the glass before bubble wrapping.