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14 Pro Mover Secrets That Make Packing Your Stuff Easier

These moving hacks will reduce the hassle of taking all your things to a new home.

  1. DO A PRE-PACK PHOTO SHOOT – Make unpacking a snap by taking some pre-packing photos so you’ll know exactly where everything goes when it’s time to empty those cardboard moving boxes.  Take pictures of bookshelves, display cases, and even all that wiring behind your TV and computer.  With the photos in hand, you’ll remember just how you had it set up before so you can recreate it in record time.
  2.  FOLLOW THE $20 IN 20 MINUTES RULE – Packing up anything you don’t love or don’t really need? What you really need can be hard to define.  To help make the call, go by the $20 in 20 minutes rule.  “For smaller items, ask yourself if you were to need it again in the future, could you find it for under $20 in under 20 minutes.  If yes, let it go.”
  3.  CORRAL CORDS WITH TOILET PAPER ROLLS – How many extension cords can fit in moving box?  Not very many if they’re tossed together in a jumbled mess.  Wind each cord up in about a 6 inch coil, & insert each into it’s own roll.  You’ll have lots more room in the box, and no tangled mess to unpack later.
  4.  CREATE A COMMAND CENTER – Don’t turn packing day into hunting day.  Creat a “moving toolbox” where you keep your box cutter, tape, labeling markers, and other packing supplies in one place.  It’s easy to misplace small & essential items like these when your house is full of boxes & in disarray.
  5.  TAPE ALLIANCE CORDS TO THEIR HOMES – When it comes to the cords to specific appliances, don’t set yourself up for hours of electronic guessing games, (or worse, hide & seek) later.  Tape the plug right to the appliance to which it belongs.
  6.  EMPLOY PRE-OWNED PACKING MATERIALS – Who needs to buy bubble wrap when you already have so much great packing material?  Pot holders, oven mitts, and even those old paper & plastic grocery bags you were planning to recycle.  Also consider towels, pillows, blankets, the kids’ stuffed animals – whatever’s soft.
  7.  PACK BY NOT PACKING – Just because you’re taking all of the clothers in your drawers to your new home doesn’t mean you have to actually pack them.  Simply wrap the whole drawer in plastic wrap, & your drawer becomes the box.  The same trick can work for handing shoe racks, utensil organizers, and other container-type items.
  8.  COLOR-CODE BOXES – You’ll know which room is which in your new home, but movers won’t.  Rather than simply labeling boxes with the name of the room they’re destined for, assisng a color to each room, then mark that color on the outside of each box – color labels are great for this.  Before you or the movers arrive in your new home, add the correct color label to each room’s door.
  9.  KEEP ‘EM HANGING – Unhanging, packing & rehanging clothers is a drag.  Skip it all by clustering groups of clothing together, then pulling plastic garbage bags up from the bottom & tying them at the top – twist ties work great.  Layer these clusters together for the move & hang up as soon as you arrive.
  10.  COVER UP LIQUIDS – To prevent spills during a move, uncap all household liquids – everything from toiletries to cleaning supplies – then cover the top with clear plastic wrap and tightly reseal the cap.
  11.  CUT DIY HANDLES – Use a box cutter to cut holes into the sides of cardboard boxes to create handles that’ll simply lifting & carrying.  Be sure not to make holes too close to the top, or on too-heavy boxes or they could rip.
  12.  PACK IN LAYERS – When packing the contents of the desk or kitchen drawers, pack the box in layers of items from one drawer at a time.  Put a piece of cardboard or other packing material between each layer to keep things from each drawer separate & ready to unpack.
  13.  KEEP LITTLE PARTS TOGEHTER – When taking furniture apart for a move, store specialty allen keys, screws, & other hardware in clear sandwich bags & tape them directly to the item.  That way you won’t have to search for the tools you need to put it back together.
  14.  ROLL WITH IT – Repurpose rolling luggage by packing heavy, sturdy items in them.  This not only saves space in boxes – not to mention your lower back – but you won’t have to worry about packing the luggage itself.

REMEMBER – When it is moving time, it’s a new chapter in your lives.   Remember younger children in your family may be having a hard time of letting go of their first room.  Try to make it as stress free as possible.  Make it an adventure with them.   With a little planning and trying to take each step at a time, it will be well worth the move into your new surroundings. For a room by room walk through packing list, there is a guide at https://dyernews.com/essential-moving-guide/

In the next article we will talk about features and tips on moving to New Zealand.

—Courtesy of Houselogic

Until next month – Jan