17 Tips for Packing and Moving
Defrost Your Fridge
Plan ahead! Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day. This will help prevent a stinky, wet mess.
Masking Tape on Mirrors
Use masking tape to place a large X on your mirrors and glass frames. It won’t prevent it from breaking, but it will absorb shock and keep the glass in the frame in the case that it is dropped or shuffled in the moving truck.
Take A Photo of Your Cords
Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a quick snapshot of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! My husband would probably think this was silly, but I’m cord impaired. I’d rather never watch TV again than try to actually hook it up.
Use Rolling Luggage For Heavy Items
If you’ve got them, use your rolling luggage bags for really heavy items like books. Now you can avoid the heavy lifting and simply roll the bags onto your moving truck.
Put Hanging Clothes In Garbage Bags
Keep them on the hangers while still protected in garbage bags! This saves the hassle of taking them on and off of the hangers. It also keeps your clothes all together in the order you had them hung, less wrinkled, and ready to hang up when you get to your new home.
I’ve also seen the garbage bag put on the opposite way, with the hangers in first. Just poke a hole for your hangers to fit through the bottom of the bag. You can’t fit as many clothes in this way, but they stay in better form, and you can tie the bottom off with the drawstring closure. Label each bag (mom’s side, dad’s side, etc.) and then you can hang them up where they belong before easily ripping the bag off.
Pack a First-Night Box
Chances are, you’re not going to be able to unpack and organize your new home the day of the move. Pack a labeled box with all of your first-night essentials and load it last so it’s the first thing off the truck. Better yet; keep it in your personal vehicle.
You might want to include: toilet paper, toiletries, medications, snacks, basic cleaning supplies, COFFEE and coffee maker, a first-aid kit, a utility knife, pet supplies, a night light for the kids, bedding, disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
It is also a good idea for each member of the family to pack a small bag that contains personal belongings that they might need for the first couple of days. Just pack as if you’re going on a short trip! This way everyone has a change of clothes and anything else they might need.
Safely Pack & Move Plates
Because foam plates are already in the shape of a plate, it makes perfect sense to use them to protect your delicate glass and ceramic plates. Place one in-between each place to prevent them from chipping or breaking.
Plastic Wrap Is Your Friend
Use plastic wrap to keep items in their place! No sense in emptying your drawers or silverware tray when you can use plastic wrap to keep drawers shut or smaller items in their intended container.
Paper Bags In Place Of Newspaper
Paper bags are perfect for protecting glass cups and small bowls in the moving process. Double the bags for extra protection. Bonus: there’s no ink-bleed like you’d get from newspaper.
Double Up On Fitted Sheets
If you’re like me, you have a closet somewhere in your house with old sheets and blankets. Use those fitted sheets to protect your mattresses on moving day! Put one on just like normal, and then place another on the bottom for complete coverage. This will keep dirt and debris off of your mattresses in the moving process.
Keep Screws & Bolts Organized
When packing and preparing for a move, you usually need to take apart furniture. It’s easy to lose those small screws, bolts, and nuts if you’re not careful. Use packaging tape to tape them to the underside of the furniture you’re disassembling. For larger parts or for several pieces, you can also place them in a ziploc baggie before taping them to their corresponding piece of furniture. Now it will be a breeze to put them back together at the new home!
Print Out Bright Colored Labels
Packing is a tedious job! Writing and labeling every box is something you will have to do over and over again. Plan ahead and print out brightly coloured labels. Now you can just slap one on to identify each box. It will also be much easier to pinpoint a box — you can see it from across the room!
Use A Moving Key
Instead of labeling every box, use a moving key! This way you can just slap on a coloured sticker or label without having to write on every box. Or, for instance, you can write the contents on each label, but easily be able to identify the room the box goes to by its colour.
Color Code With Tape
While we are on the subject of colour coding, duct tape these days comes in just about every colour and pattern. Invest in a few rolls and use them to identify your rooms or contents.
Use Towels To Protect Boxed Items
Wrap your delicate kitchen items in towels and hand towels for extra protection. You can also use them to fill up extra space in a box to prevent the items from shifting and potentially breaking.
Pack The Truck Like An Expert
Depending on the items you are moving, and how much, there are different techniques to packing a moving truck, but there are also the basics that will help you pack fast and efficiently.
Lay Everything Out First
I mentioned earlier about trying to pack the moving truck as if you’re playing a Tetris game to prevent shuffling during the drive, but that’s not easy if you don’t have everything in sight to strategize. If you can, place everything outside on the lawn or driveway before loading up so that you have everything in eye’s sight before determining your strategy.