- Start Packing as Early as Possible
Half the trouble with moving is how overwhelming it feels. There are plenty of ways to make moving seem less overwhelming, even if you can’t shrink the size of the task. One way is to start packing as early as possible. If you give yourself plenty of time to pack, you’ll only have to pack a minimum of a few boxes a day. This will make packing less stressful and moving less overwhelming.
- Many Hands Make Light Work
The more help you have the better—and not just because it means less work for you. Enlisting larger numbers to help you pack not only lifts the burden for everyone, but it makes for a far speedier packing session. With many hands helping you pack, you’ll be able to get on the road faster.
- Only Disassemble Your Furniture as Much as Required
As pointed out here, you’ll probably need to keep tools handy to disassemble your furniture. While it’s important to conserve room, time and energy can also be saved by only disassembling your furniture as much as you absolutely have to. You may be surprised at how well your furniture fits when it’s only partially disassembled, and you’ll also benefit from your furniture requiring less assembly when you’re unloading it.
- Use a Hair Dryer to Remove Tape From the Walls
Having trouble getting your double-sided tape from hanging pictures off the wall. A hair dryer can softly remove the tape residue with it’s steady flow of heat without risking damage to the wall. Just run the hair dryer over the ape for about a minute and the adhesive should wear off like magic.
- Pack the Items You Will Need FIRST All in One Container
Packing all the initially essential items in one box will give you the added assurance that you’ll be able to unpack without any holdup when you arrive at your new home. Pack your priority items in a clear plastic container to distinguish it from the others.
- Wrap Your Fragile Items in Clothing
Rather than spend the extra money on packing material, wrap your fragile items and pack them in your clothing. This will save you room while ensuring that your fragile stuff is well taken care of.
- Plastic Wrap Toiletries
Toiletries and liquid bathroom items can be tricky to know how to pack without risking them leaking or getting all over the place. Pack your toiletries in plastic wrap so that, even if there’s a mess, it’s contained.
- Combine Items into One Bulk Piece with Shrink Wrap
Turn a bunch of your packing items into a palette by shrink wrapping it all together. This will make your loading and unloading much easier. Just make sure you don’t make your shrink wrap pieces so big that it can still be loaded by a realistic number of people.
- Use Beer Boxes For Books
If you have a significant collection of books, you already know that they’re always a heavy pain to pack and carry. Find beer boxes with handles and pack your books in those. That way you’ll be able to handle the weight without cursing the day you ever bought so many books.
- Pack with Luggage
Save on boxes and containers and pack as much or your stuff as you can into your luggage. You’ll save on room and kill two birds with one stone.
- Vacuum Seal Your Older Clothing
You may have a lot of clothing that’s still new enough to keep but just old enough that you don’t wear it much anymore. If you aren’t going to wear it for a while, vacuum seal it and save on room when you move.
Follow these steps and it’ll take some of the headache out of moving. Let us know if you have any extra tips.
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