Now that I’ve been in full moving mode for the past couple of months, I thought I would share some of my favorite moving day tips and tricks with you that I’ve learned along the way.
Start preparing early. If you’re moving within the month, boy… I hope you’ve started preparing already. Moving is a lot more time-consuming than you may think. Think about your kitchen alone. How many cabinets and drawers you need to pack up? Yeah, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pack up, especially in case something unexpected comes up. Do NOT save packing until the day before. Your friends and family will be cursing you on moving day.
Clearing the clutter. One of the easiest ways to start packing is to start with the clutter. Clean off countertops. Clean out closets. Get rid of the overwhelming mess first.
Keep it or pitch it. And while you’re clearing up the clutter, decide what you need to keep and what you can pitch (or donate). Do you really need that little-broken end table in the new house that you have been meaning to fix for the past 5 years? Or the ping pong table in the basement that no one has played… like ever? Yeah, might want to donate that one.
Boxes in every size. Make sure you purchase boxes in various sizes. For our winter clothing, I had really big boxes since they were pretty light when all packed up and everything was stored in one place. But that same box wouldn’t work for my kitchen dishes. Also, check your local grocery store for free boxes. Always works for me!
Wrap it up. Purchase plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap. I would hate for you to get to the new house with broken collectibles or nothing to eat on. Yeah, it takes a long time to wrap everything, but it’s better than having to replace items after you move.
Don’t forget to purchase packing tape, scissors and permanent markers (have extras of everything too). And don’t skimp on the packing tape. Trust me, it’s worth keeping your sanity for that extra $2 when you’re tape roll keeps falling apart.
Get lots of moving blankets. Moving blankets are great for covering large furniture in the moving truck so things don’t get scratched. This is also useful for large paintings, mirrors, and televisions. Once you unwrap items, you can use the blankets when moving furniture so you don’t damage your doorframes.
Make a list, check it twice. I’m a list maker. I make them on my iPhone, on my computer, with sketchpads and my pencil. It will help you keep track of all the tasks if you’re able to write them down and cross them off as you complete each one. Trust me, this is a moving day tip you’ll want to follow.
Order PODS or a storage unit if needed. Sometimes you can’t transition smoothly from your old place to your new home. Check into the pricing of PODS or local storage units and compare. Also check online for coupons and see if one place will honor a competitor’s pricing. Worth asking at least!
Turn on utilities in the new place. Yep, make sure you do this. I’d hate for you to move in the dark.
Draw a floorplan. It will help your movers know where to place furniture if you draw out a floorplan of your new home prior to moving day. Sketch where the couches, end tables, etc. will go. You can always tweak it later, but at least it’s a starting point.
Mark your kitchen cabinets in the new place. Your mother-in-law might want to try and “help” you unpack kitchen boxes. Yeah, then you won’t be able to find your soup ladle for 6 months. Instead try to get your helpers on track by labeling the cabinets and drawers with sticky notes (plates, cups, mugs, silverware, etc.)
Mark your bedrooms. I’m sure you labeled all of your boxes with “Sammy’s Bedroom” or “Office”. Make sure you put a sticky note on the door of the room so they know what is where.
Buy carpet protection tape. You just closed on your new house and you can’t wait to move into your dream home on this rainy October afternoon. Umm… you probably want to protect your brand new carpeting. While removing your shoes can help, the best idea is to invest in some carpet protection tape.
Call in the reinforcements. Make sure you tell all of your friends and family member way ahead of time when you’re moving (so they’ll have no possible excuse not to be there, right?). Provide them with lunch and beverages, especially bottled water, throughout the day.
When all else fails, hire professionals. If you have a lot of valuables and nice furniture (or if all this moving talk simply makes your brain fry), maybe consider hiring some professional movers. It can be a bit pricey, but it might just be worth it for some!
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