Packing and Moving Tips and Tricks

Moving can be stressful—there’s no question about it. And sometimes, it’s the little things that put us over the edge: running out of boxes at the last minute, clothes falling off hangers, finding one of your favorite dishes broken, or not being able to find that one thing you’re looking for at your new home. The following hacks from a Greensboro moving company may not be able to take the headache out of moving, but they sure can reduce those small stresses and frustrations. Every little bit helps!

Containers:

  • Ask for free boxes: grocery stores, liquor stores, and any office building that uses paper will have boxes designed to hold heavy loads.
  • While you will need to gather boxes and possibly packing materials, don’t overlook what you already have. Suitcases, backpacks, hampers, and even (clean) trash cans shouldn’t be transported empty—fill them up!
  • Trash bags or extra large Ziplocs work great for light, soft items such as pillows, stuffed animals, linens, or even light plastic kitchen items.

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Must Haves:

  • Pack a bag or box of the personal essentials that you will need for the last morning at your old home and your first night at your new home. This might be toiletries, such as a toothbrush and toilet paper, a phone charger, laptop, a snack, a change of clothes, or maybe even a purse or wallet (so there’s only one main bag to keep track of). Make sure this bag stays with you so it’s easy to find when you need it.
  • To further prepare you for finding what you need upon arrival, an “essentials” box could be packed for each room. For example, kitchen essentials may include a few dishes, pieces of silverware, and a knife, one pot and/or pan, and anything else you may need immediately, so you don’t have to dig through your obscure spices and holiday serving platters just to find a fork.

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Organization:

  • To designate what goes where, color code with different colors of duct tape. Some people also like to number their boxes to make sure they don’t lose any.
  • Tape screws/ washers/ small parts directly to the piece of furniture they belong to so there’s no question about what goes where.
  • Snap a photo of any complex setups, whether its cords on electronics, a piece of fitness equipment, or an organizational scheme that may be tough to recreate.

Protection:

  • Paper plates, coffee filters, or paper towels make great insulation between plates.
  • Anything soft that will be moving might as well serve a purpose on the way. Socks work great to insulate glasses, kitchen towels or pot holders can wrap dishes, and other towels, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and clothing can either wrap items or fill in empty spaces to keep items still in boxes.
  • Cover open containers with press and seal wrap—it can keep clothes in dresser drawers, hold jewelry still on a jewelry board, or cover tops of plastic totes or caddies that don’t have covers.
  • Unscrew bottle lids, place saran wrap over the opening, and replace the caps to prevent leaking.

Transportation:

  • Use a knife or a scissors to cut handles into the sides of cardboard boxes that have none.
  • Trash bags present the solution to the hanging clothes dilemma. Instead of taking the clothes off the hangers or moving them one handful at a time, gather a section of clothes into a large trash bag and secure the top around the hangers. This keeps your clothes in order and on the hangers.
  • String a rubber band between the two knobs or handles of an armoire or cabinet door to keep it from shutting all the way.
  • Clasp necklaces around an empty toilet paper tube to prevent tangling.

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Setting up the New Place:

  • Don’t have a measuring tape you can get nails in the wall at just the right distance apart by tearing off a piece of tape representing the distance between hangers.
  • Hold the nail still while hammering with a clothespin.
  • Fill in any left behind nail holes by rubbing a bar of soap (good for your old home, too).
  • If painting, stretch a rubber band across the mouth of the paint can to remove extra paint from the brush.

There’s no way to get around the fact that moving requires work, but these tricks can remove some of the headaches. If all this still sounds overwhelming, calling a moving company may be the most helpful hack of all!

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

The duct tape tip was excellent. It used to come in grey only, but now there is no excuse for not using this simple tip.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks FlourishAnway!

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