Selling your old home and finding your new one are only two important steps in your relocation journey! We’re familiar with moving; we’ve done it tons of times and we know how stressful it can be. We found an article on Buzzfeed with some pretty great tips to help you feel less crazy during this chaotic time. Read on to learn about some of our favorite tips from the article:
- Use clothes to pad dishes. It will save packing space and the need to find extra newspapers or bubble wrap to protect your breakables. You can use your socks to pad wine glasses.
- Stack dishes upright (with padding between-try Styrofoam plates) instead of flat in the box. They’ll be less likely to break that way.
- Make sure you pack an overnight bag with a few sets of clothes, pajamas and toiletries. Chances are that no matter how carefully you move and unpack your things, you’ll be so tired by the end of the day you won’t feel like searching for those essentials. Give your future tired self a hand!
- If you can, clean your new bathroom and stock it with towels, soap, toilet paper and a shower curtain ahead of time. You’ll want the luxury of easy-to-reach bathroom essentials and a hot shower at the end of your moving day!
- Pack a designated “stuff I need” box. Or, better yet, use a clear bin. Put in tape, markers, a box cutter, hammer and nails, measuring tape … stuff you’ll need to get the house set up over the next few days.
- Turn your drawers into moving boxes! Use plastic wrap or “press-n-seal” wrap to seal your clothes in.
- Label the boxes optimally. Write what’s in it, and which room they belong in on both the lid and sides, so you can still see the label if the boxes are stacked.
- If you need to defrost the fridge, do it a couple of days ahead of time to give you a chance to clean it and wipe up any drips.
- If you have a lot of valuable antiques and art to move, hire a moving company. They’ll have the specialty supplies for packing and moving that stuff, and are insured. It’s much better for your personal relationships if put a professional in charge of taking care of valuables/breakables. For all the other stuff, sure! Pay your brother-in-law and best friend in pizza to help you out.
- This might be the cardinal rule of moving: get packed and completely ready to go BEFORE everyone shows up to help you! Don’t make people wait as you pack. They’re bound to get annoyed and you’ll be more anxious.
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