12 Packing and Moving Tips to Save TIME & MONEY
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Just the thought of packing and moving makes most of us exhausted, including me! It’s definitely a stressful and overwhelming time. We’ve moved our family frequently for my husband’s job and each time it gets a tiny bit smoother.
Here are some helpful tips to make it less of a hassle:
1.) Make a Plan and Moving Timeline.
This seems like common sense, but the further ahead you can start purging unwanted items and packing, the easier things will be on moving day. Instead of leaving all the packing for last minute, set a goal of x amount of moving boxes packed per day before moving. Make checklists for all the small details like setting up new utilities and change of address forms.
2.) Check out liquor/wine stores for free boxes!
Often times these boxes are very sturdy and have separators already, which are great for packing glassware.
3.) Defrost, clean, and dry your fridge/freezer at least a day before you move.
Placing towels on the floor around the bottom with help soak up any dripping water. To help minimize food waste start using the odds and ends of your fridge in your meal planning a couple weeks before moving.
4.) Cover the tops of liquid bottles with plastic baggies or packing tape to avoid leaking.
This strategy works well for packing pantry food items, and bathroom toiletries that are opened as well, to avoid spills inside moving boxes.*
*If using a professional moving company, make sure to check which liquids you can actually take on the truck.
5.) Use Vacuum Storage Bags to maximize your storage space.
You can use these Space Saver Storage Bags with your vacuum hose and it will suck all the air out. They are super handy to have around for both moving and also for storing bulky or seasonal items such as bedding.
6.) Set up your bed first upon arrival to new location.
You don’t want to be searching for sheets after moving all day! Also a shower curtain, shower curtain rings and towels would be priority as well.
7.) Make sure you keep a toolbox handy in your car/truck with you to assemble any furniture.
Or make it the last item to be packed and the first off the truck.
8.) Use plastic food storage bags to keep small pieces of hardware, then make sure to tape the bag to the piece of furniture or item it corresponds to.
9.) Utilize any extra rolling suitcases to pack heavy items such as books.
Boxes tend to tear when too heavy.
10.) Take a picture of the back of your electronics.
This will make it easier to put it together when you arrive at your new location.
11.) Keep clothes inside the dresser.
If you have to take out drawers to get it in the moving truck, do that, and then put the drawers back inside the dresser once on truck. A good way to keep the doors closed and protected is to wrap the entire dresser in Stretch Moving & Packing Wrap.
12.) Keep track of your moving expenses as some of them may be tax deductible.
For more moving tips, be sure to check out our previous post – 12 Packing and Moving Tips: Pack Your Home Like a Pro.
If you have any helpful tips to share, please do so in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!