Moving SUCKS. There’s no way around it. Packing up your entire household and transporting it from one place to another takes lots of time and patience, I know! I’ve moved plenty of times in my life to where I have picked up a few moving tips and tricks to make relocation a much easier feat. Some things I got from my mama, others I learned along the way.
No matter how you slice it, you’ve got to move sometime in your life, and it doesn’t need to be such a painful process! Whether your new home is across the country or down the street, these moving tips and tricks will help ease the task. Learn how to pack your belongings, decide what to get rid of, secure your sensitive items, rent furniture, label boxes, and more. You might be left asking yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?”
10 moving tips and tricks that you didn’t learn from your mother
1. Start early, purge as much as you can It’s time to release your inner pack rat! As you start moving things around, you’ll find so many things you can get rid of. Ask each family member to go through their stuff and get rid of the things they haven’t used in a year. Toys, clothes, shoes, cleaners, books, broken electronics, paper work, home decor, old linens, and even foods and condiments in the kitchen. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to pack!
2. Pack a weeks worth of clothes and necessities in your roller luggage bags Don’t get stuck in a situation where you absolutely can’t find any underwear or running shoes because you have no idea where you packed them. Task each family member to choose a few different outfits for various occasions and keep them in a rolling travel bag. That way, when you move into your new place, you won’t have to dig into all of your boxes or play the guessing game of where your t-shirts and deodorant might be.
3. Learn how to collect and label your boxes properly The day you know you’re moving is the day that you should begin to collect boxes. They can get expensive, so make sure to ask around, check local listings for free moving boxes to be picked up, and even go into your local grocery stores and ask if they have any boxes you’re allowed to take. Also, as you pack, you should label each box with their designated room in giant print for the movers (BATHROOM), and write a small list of what’s in the box on the side for yourself. This makes it super easy for people moving your boxes to know where they go, plus once you’re all moved in, you know exactly where to find everything. Buy cheap moving boxes on Amazon.
4. Hanging clothes can be protected with garbage bags This was one of my top moving tips and tricks, you can actually leave your closet clothes on the hangers and protect them with drawstring trash bags! Place the trash bag over a bundle of clothing and tie the drawstrings over the hanger hooks to keep them together. When you get to your new place, simply remove the drawstrings, hang, and pull off the trash bag. Voila! Keep the bags for future use, these 13-gallon sized plastic drawstring trash bags work.
5. Use your bath towels and comforters to protect glass mirrors and kitchenware Instead of shoving your bath towels into boxes and vacuum sucking the life out of your comforters, put them to good use. Smaller towels are great for protecting dishes, glass, light bulbs, vases, pottery, small mirrors, and other breakables. Larger comforters can be wrapped around large mirrors, home decor items, and glass tables.
6. Clean up as you go After a long moving process, the last thing you want to do is spend another 2 hours at your old place cleaning up. As I packed up different areas and moved most of my belongings to the living room, I was able to clean those spaces throughout the week of my move. Can I just tell you how easy it was to get out of my old place when my stuff was all moved out? Once the movers left, I basically vacuumed and wiped down the kitchen counter, and I was outta there!
7. Hire a professional moving company Sure, you can save money by asking friends to help you move, but professional movers do such an amazing job. They come with the man power needed to lift your heavy stuff, plus they’ve got trucks, dollies, packing materials, and the know how, allowing them to get in and out in a jiff! I will never move again without hiring help. EVAH.
8. Use a giant plastic wrap to secure items If you don’t want to remove drawers from dressers, pillows from couches, and other similar removable items, plastic wrap it all together! My movers did it for me, they even plastic wrapped my full ottoman, my storage units with stuff in each of the cubes, and my dining chairs together for easy moving. Here’s a great giant plastic stretch wrap roll to use.
9. Use plastic zipper bags for screws and hardware Zip up those screws and bolts and tape the plastic bag to the item that they should go with. I did this with all of my floating shelves, picture ledges, photo frames, there was no confusion as to which size screws and hex wrench to use!
10. Rent furniture until your stuff arrives What do you do when you’ve moved and you need furniture, stat? You make life a little easier and rent furniture! CORT Furniture Rental offers great furniture rentals as a solution to your life transition. They help make sure that your home is move in ready – rent a set of furniture by room or choose individual pieces for your living room, bedroom, dining room, office, kitchen, and backyard. This is really ideal for military families that move often, those that are off to college, people who are moving far away and awaiting furniture to arrive, and those that are not yet ready to purchase any large pieces of furniture while in a transitional phase.
Moving day doesn’t have to be a huge hassle. Consider these moving tips and tricks, and make your new house a home with CORT Furniture Rental. This is the perfect solution to your temporary move in the city, across the country, or wherever life takes you and your family.
What are your top moving tips and tricks?