In my short 25 years, I’ve lived in 5 houses and 6 apartments. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider a career as a professional mover, considering my experience. Boxing and unboxing things has become a second nature to me. While my moves have not all been the smoothest, I’ve learned and applied some strategies over the years to make each move more efficient than the last. Keep reading for my tried and true moving tips!
Tip #1: Put Garbage Bags Over Hung Clothes
This tip is pure gold. It simply saves you so much time and energy. To utilize this timesaving tip, simply take a large, heavy-duty garbage bag with a drawstring, and pull it around your hung clothes.
Once your clothes are engulfed in the bag, pull the drawstrings tight and secure around the hooks of your hangers. When you arrive at your new crib, simply hang your bagged clothes, remove the garbage bags, and muster up the energy to unpack the towers of boxes taking over your new space.
Tip #2: Wrap Drawers Shut
This tip works best when you have lightweight items in your drawers. It’s kind of obvious really – just take some plastic wrap, and secure the drawers shut by wrapping around the storage unit. This allows you to keep items in the drawers while moving. Upon arrival at your new home, simply remove the plastic wrap and you’re ready to go!
If the objects in your drawers are really heavy, you can remove the drawers from your storage unit and plastic wrap around the top and bottom of your drawer to keep all of your belongings trapped inside.
Tip #3: Label Your Boxes
This might seem like an uber-obvious tip, but I cannot stress how important it is. There were moves when I just figured I’d remember what was in each box. When you’re overwhelmed from carrying heavy boxes out of cars, up flights of stairs, in elevators, what-have-you – your memory of which box you put your wine opener in might escape you.
Save yourself the hassle, and take a big ol’ sharpie to those boxes of yours. I like to get specific when marking my boxes – labeling the room and a description of what’s in the box. Rather than just putting Kitchen, I’ll write something like Kitchen – wine glasses.
Tip #4: Cover the Tops of Liquids with Plastic Wrap
This is one of my favorite tricks from my packing tips post. There’s nothing more annoying than opening up a packed box of toiletries and finding your body wash spilled all over your makeup. Yeah, I like the smell of Japanese Cherry Blossom too, but I’d prefer it wasn’t smeared all over my Urban Decay makeup palettes. Prevent these kinds of unfortunate mishaps by protecting your liquids with a layer of plastic wrap. Simply cut a square of plastic wrap, place it on an uncapped bottle, and secure the cap.
Tip #5: Cover Makeup with Cotton Rounds
This simple tip prevents your makeup from cracking and creating a powdery mess. Simply place a cotton round on your pressed powders, close, and pack. Remove the cotton upon arrival at your home and reveal your crack-free makeup.
Tip #6: Pack a Box of Essentials
There’s a good chance you might not get all of your belongings unpacked and stored in their proper places on day one of moving in. Save yourself from searching for your toothbrush and other essentials by packing a box of things you’ll need your first few nights. This will ensure you have all of your needs handy while you’re still unpacking and settling in.
Tip #7: Use Space Bags for Out-of-Season Clothing
I suggested using the travel version of these handy bags in my packing tips post. If you’re going to be moving large quantities of out-of-season clothing, compress your clothes using space bags. You’ll be able to fit way more in that packed car of yours with this tip.
Tip #8: If Renting, Take a Walkthrough of Your New Home Prior to Unpacking
This tip is essential if you’re renting. Search out and document any damages that you notice in your new space. I’d recommend taking photos and writing down anything that is not the way it should be. This prevents you from being held liable for the damages when you move out – because let’s be honest, we all want to get our security deposits back.
There you have it – my trusty moving tips! What are your favorite moving tips and tricks? Share in the comments!