When it comes to moving, it can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. But by following just a few simple hacks, you can make the process smoother and more efficient. Here are 10 moving hacks that will help reduce your stress and ensure successful relocation:
1. Have movers pack up everything for you
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or simply don’t have the time to pack up everything yourself, consider hiring professional movers who can take care of all of your packing needs. This way, you won’t have to worry about packing – or even unpacking – anything on your own; it will all be taken care of for you!
2. Label EVERYTHING
When it comes to moving, labeling boxes is a must. Label each box with the item’s category (kitchen items, bedroom items, etc.) and room destination – this way you’ll know where everything needs to go in your new home. Additionally, it might be helpful to place a number on each box; that way when you arrive at your new residence, you can give movers an inventory list of all the numbered boxes they need to move.
3. Clean as you move
It’s easy for dust and dirt to accumulate while packing up belongings, so it’s important to make sure you’re cleaning throughout the entire process. Vacuum carpets and furniture, sweep floors, wipe down counters and surfaces, and mop the floors to keep your old residence clean for the next owners.
4. Take Photos of Electronics
Before unplugging any electronics, take a picture of where each cord goes – this will make it much easier when setting up your electronics in your new home! If you’re feeling especially organized, you can label the cords as well.
5. Make use of large items
When packing fragile items like glassware or dishes, use larger pieces of furniture (like dressers) to store them in rather than boxes – that way they won’t move around as much during transport and are less likely to break.
6. Take an inventory list
One great way to keep everything organized when moving is to create an inventory list of all your items. This way you can easily reference what you have and ensure that nothing gets left behind.
7. Use wardrobe boxes
If you’re packing up clothes, consider using wardrobe boxes which come with a bar across the top so you can hang your clothes rather than folding them into boxes.
8. Pack an essentials box
Make sure to pack (or buy) a box of everyday items that will make your first few days in the new home easier – this might include toilet paper, snacks, medication, bedding, towels, trash bags, etc.
9. Secure fragile items
Wrap any fragile or valuable items (like vases, glassware, or jewelry) in bubble wrap or other packing materials and place them in a box labeled “Fragile” so that they won’t be damaged during transport.
10. Take measurements
Before you start moving any furniture into your new home, take measurements of the space to ensure everything will fit! This way you can plan ahead and make sure all your furniture pieces are arranged accordingly.
By following these 10 simple hacks, you can make the process of moving easier, more efficient, and less stressful. And with proper planning and preparation, you’ll be settled into your new home in no time. Good luck! If you need more advice on planning your move be sure to check out our moving checklist for a timeline of things you can prepare.