You feel like packing and moving represent some of the most arduous tasks known to mankind. You have so many things to do, and you lack the time to accomplish everything before moving day arrives.
What you really want is some sort of spell that will pack your house for you. And though you can’t wave a magic wand and instantly have a packed home, you can try some of these packing tips to make your move easier to manage.
- Buy different colors of tape.
It’s easy to pack items, tape up the box, and move on to your next task. But sometimes you forget what items you packed in each box and where each box belongs in your home. Rather than reopen boxes to look at the contents and write a label, use a color code system.
As you buy boxes and other packing supplies, invest in different colors of duct tape (or other packing tape). Assign each room a color and tape up your boxes with that color of tape. Open up the notepad app on your smartphone and create a color code list so that you don’t forget which room is pink, blue, red, or yellow. Your list might look something like this:
- Living room-purple
- Master bedroom-orange
Tape comes in a plethora of colors and patterns, so you’ll never run out of different options to use as you pack.
- Don’t buy bubble wrap.
Bubble wrap tends to cost a lot, especially when you have a lot of breakable items to protect. Instead of spending your moving budget on bubble wrap, secure your breakable items with clothing, towels, and linens. You can stuff a pair of clean socks inside your glass mugs, wrap plates and glass bake ware with T-shirts, and fill loose spaces in boxes with hand towels.
As you use your clothing and like items to protect your breakable items, you also save space and reduce your need for additional boxes and packing materials.
- Invest in lock boxes. If you have a lot of valuables, you might want to purchase a lock box. You can put your valuables inside and safely transport them between locations. Valuable items to store in a lock box include:
- Bank records
- Birth certificates
- Car titles
- Insurance information
- Marriage documents
- Wills and other legal documents
4. Move your books in suitcases.
You never notice how heavy books are until you have to move. Rather than break your back lifting heavy boxes of books, use your suitcases to transport your favorite pieces of literature. Clothes are incredibly light, so you can easily pack your clothes in boxes and duffle bags. Fill your suitcases with books and zip the case closed. Most suitcases have wheels and handles, so you can roll your books right out the front door.
- Pack an overnight bag.
Chances are that you can’t unpack everything immediately. Pack an overnight bag with immediate essentials such as clothing, toiletries, phone chargers, medication, and other items you might need at first.
6. Pack one room at a time.
It’s so easy to get distracted as you pack and move around your house. Instead of packing random boxes throughout your home, pack one room at a time. Start in the rooms you use least and finish with the rooms that you use most. You become more effective as you pack from room to room, and you’ll finish packing sooner than you think.
- Repurpose your phone books.
Phone books tend to appear out of nowhere, and since you don’t really have a use for them, you probably just shoved them in an empty cabinet or shelf in your home. Repurpose these old phone books and use the pages to wrap glass and other breakable items.
8. Reutilize your sandwich bags.
When you disassemble furniture such as tables, desks, bookshelves, TV stands, and other big items, you can easily lose the screws and bolts. So, before you take an item apart, grab a sandwich bag from your kitchen and write the furniture’s label on the bag. Place the screws, bolts, nails, etc. inside the bag as you disassemble the item. This method keeps allows you to more easily reassemble your furniture when you get to your new home.
9. Take pictures.
Do you remember how difficult it was for you to set up your flat screen TV when you first got it? You don’t want to relive that awful moment. Before you unplug your TV or other big electronics, take a picture of the back. When you set up these electronics in your new home, reference the picture for a faster set up time. You’ll know where each cable goes instantly.
Don’t let moving stresses make you feel miserable and frazzled. Use these tips to make packing an easier experience. This way, you’ll handle and enjoy the last few days you have in your current home.