Clean the bathroom and kitchen in your new place before you move in.
Gather all clothing and items that you don’t want to take with you. That way, all you have to do is schedule a pickup with the Salvation Army or ClothingDonations.org. Don’t forget to get a receipt to claim a tax deduction!
For a few weeks leading up to the move, plan meals around your frozen food, perishable items, or half open containers that you have around the kitchen.
Update your address for all your utilities, accounts, and subscriptions several weeks before moving.
The more estimates you have for moving-related services, the more chances you have to save some money. Shop around!
Instead of throwing away electronics and old batteries, find an electronics recycling center in or around your local area.
Measure EVERYTHING. If a piece of furniture can’t fit in your new home, get rid of it!
Schedule your move for mid-month or the middle of the week to cut costs. It’s usually cheaper to move then!
Save money, time, and hassle while you are packing
Ask your local businesses and retailers for their used boxes.
Beware of the ink- Protect fragile items with magazines and newspaper instead of packing peanuts.
While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking a bit easier.
Use trash bins, laundry baskets, and suitcases as boxes.
Get some bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with linens and clothing.
Put glasses in clean socks for additional padding.
As you dissemble furniture, keep all screws and hardware one or two plastic bags. Label the bags and tape it to the furniture itself, or designate it all to one place.
Use colored packing tape to keep your boxes better organized. Be sure to label the rooms the boxes belongs to!
Write the contents of each box on the box. Another option is that you can create an Excel document that tracks the contents of each box. Simply search for the item that you need in the document, and you’ll know which box to open!
If you use plastic wrap, you can leave your items in whichever container or storage bin they’re in. Wrap your utensils organizer with plastic wrap to keep everything in place.
Label the sides of boxes so you can read the labels even when the boxes are stacked on top of each other.
Unpack your boxes by room to prevent constant back and forth trips around the house, especially if you have stairs!
Go to the department store and get some Space Bags to maximize your storage space and minimize your boxes.
Fill up pots and pans with dish towels, spices containers, and other kitchen items to save space.
Avoid nasty leaks and smells by defrosting your fridge the night before your move.
If you’re bringing your refrigerator, wrap up your refrigerator and freezer in plastic wrap to keep the doors from opening during the move.
More packing hacks for you
Snap a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices that require wiring. That way, you know exactly which wires go where when you’re setting it back up in your new place.
Put knives inside oven mitts for safety.
String electronic wires through paper towel rolls to avoid entanglement.
Put jewelry in egg cartons to keep your necklaces from getting tangled up.
Place a cotton ball in makeup compacts to keep them from breaking apart.
Use rubber bands to keep pots and lids together.
Stack plates vertically like you would in a dish rack. This is to prevent them from breaking. For extra protection, put a styrofoam plate between other plates.
To keep toiletries from leaking during transit, put a piece of plastic wrap over the opening, then screw on the cap.
Create handles for your boxes by using a box cutter on them.
Things you must do on your moving day
Buy cereal, milk, – easy breakfast items so that there’s food available the morning after your moving day.
If you’re moving with kids, incorporate them into the moving process by giving them a special box for all their favorite things. Let them decorate the box if they want to.
Keep a snack bin available during moving and unpacking. Fill it up with water, protein bars, chips, or whatever you need to stay fueled up during your moving days.
If you’re moving with a dog, put their food and water bowl in the same room as where you put it in the former place. The more consistent you are with your dog’s regular routine, the less likely they are to be anxious.
Keep all your moving day items in an overnight bag. It will prevent having to go through boxes to find your clothes, laptop, toiletries, and medications.
Keep valuables like your Credit Cards on with you during moving day.
Take a break! Moving day is stressful, so give yourself a nice break when it’s over. Order some pizza, watch a movie or do whatever you need to relax after a long day of hard work.