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Though uprooting your life and moving to a new place can be exciting, moving out can be a complete pain.
Fitting your entire existence into a dozen boxes is undoubtedly stressful, and let’s face it, most of us wait until the very last minute to start packing, only to end up dumping everything into random boxes.
Fortunately, there can be a method to the madness. With a little planning ahead and careful organization, moving out can be a breeze ― and you might just have some time to catch your breath on the big day.
Follow these 11 expert tips by Jane Scearce, and we promise your future self will be eternally grateful.
- Be thrifty, find free moving boxes
Save a little cash and acquire all the boxes you need for free. Best places: the ‘free’ section on Craigslist, grocery and clothing stores, and warehouse style stores.
- Create a schedule so you don’t get overwhelmed
Plan ahead! Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day. Otherwise, it’ll be pretty stinky and leaky!
- Take pictures of your electronics before you unplug
Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a picture on your phone or camera of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! This will save you a ton of time when you set it up again.
- Don’t Mix Items from Different Rooms
Keep items from one room in boxes separate from the others, it’ll save you a lot of sanity when you finally unpack.
- Make A Packing Supplies Basket
Save yourself from losing packing supplies or running around your house/apartment because you left the scissors in one room and the tape in the other. Get a box or a basket for supplies that you can carry with you from room to room, that way you’ll have all of it with you as you switch tasks and don’t have to spend time retrieving supplies you left in another room.
- Keep Screws & Bolts Organized
If you have to dismantle any furniture for your move, don’t forget to keep all the loose screws and bolts organized! Put them in plastic baggies and label them so you know which piece of furniture they’re for and don’t lose any.
- Cut holes in sides of boxes for easy lifting
Use a box-cutter to cut triangle-shaped holes on either side of your heavier boxes to give you makeshift handles for easier lifting!
- Use Soft Items for Padding
You don’t need as much packaging material as you think! All sorts of soft items around your home can be used to safely and efficiently pack other items. Towels, socks, sheets, and other soft or cushy things make great and free packing material. Environmentally friendly, too!
- Color-code Your Labels
Black and white labels are hard to distinguish when you want to start unpacking at a non-glacial pace. Use colorful labels instead — you can handwrite them, or simply print some out — and devise a color-coding system for your boxes to easily keep track of what is where.
- Keep ALL your liquids separate
Cleaning supplies, dish-washing supplies, whatever it is, if it’s liquid put it in a separate plastic bin. If it falls or spills during the move and you’ve left it in another box, it’ll soak everything. Ew.
- Pack with a Guide
Look up visual guides for packing your moving vehicle, like this one. Advice may differ if you have a van or a truck.
But if you still confusing about moving all your goods, IDP Cargo with happy ready to help you for MOVING your goods to your new place. Just contact us and we will come to make moving plan for you, so you will not need to worry about moving anymore. So, are you ready to moving??