Packing is most likely the most daunting task of moving. Where do you even start? Trying to manage life and work and kids in addition to moving can be hectic. We want to give you a few packing tips that may make your move a little less overwhelming.
Before you even think about filling any boxes, consider going through your home and getting rid of items that have accumulated over time that you don't really need. There are plenty of easy ways to get those things off your hands. Find a local place to donate, like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You can sell more valuable things online or you could even have your own yard sale. Doing this step will be worth it in the end because of all the packing you WON'T have to do!
2. Start Early
I knowww the struggle of procrastination. We’ve all been there. But when it comes to packing, you’ll thank yourself when you begin to take small steps toward moving out. You can begin by looking for places to get boxes. Then, set a timer on your phone and pack for one hour a day. Maybe packing one box at a time works better for you. Whatever it may be, just start! When you set clear and achievable goals, packing won’t seem like such a big thing to accomplish.
3. Pack Smarter, Not Harder
Let's start with clothes. There are much simpler options than folding everything up into boxes. You could leave all of your clothes in the dresser drawers as they are, take the drawers out of the dressers and tie a large trash bag around them. For hanging clothes, leave the clothes on the hangers, group them up and slip a large trash bag over them and tie it up. This is a huge time saver! For jewelry, use plastic straws for necklaces. Just thread the necklace through the straw and clasp together. This keeps all of your necklaces from knotting together, like we all know they would! Don’t waste towels and linens -- you can use all of that to wrap your breakable items. This saves a box or two and it saves you money for bubble wrap or newspapers. Get creative!
It’s a good idea to keep your most essential things separate from the rest of your packed up items. When you get over to your new house, you’ll probably need a few things before everything gets unpacked. We all know unpacking can be an ordeal. A smart idea would be to leave out one or two of your suitcases and pack things like important toiletries, a few changes of clothes, medications, phone chargers, and anything else you may need during or right after the move.
5. Moving Day
The day of your big move needs preparation for everything to go smoothly. Think ahead about things you’ll need. Pack a small cooler with snacks and water bottles for those helping you to move. Make sure to line up friends and family to help you out if you need it. You can give out specific tasks to groups of people, like children can help move toys and clothes, while adults move furniture. Set clear expectations for everyone. If necessary, set up babysitters/petsitters in advance to make sure everyone is where they need to be. Your moving day can be made easy when you plan ahead!
We hope your next move is just a little easier with these tips!
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