Moving and Packing Hacks Nobody Tells You

The act of moving is often considered one of the most exhausting and stressful things they can do, and there's a reason for that. Nevertheless, you can turn a stressful event into a smooth one with a few smart tricks at your disposal. I've collected simple ideas and genius hacks for resolving some of the most common mistakes people make while moving.

Moving checklists are essential.

A moving checklist can help you avoid buying duplicate items or forgetting essentials, much like a shopping list. It's essential to write a plan for each room before tackling your personal effects or packing your first box. This will allow you to gather packing materials and give you an idea of how much work will be involved, leading you to enlist the help of family and friends to assist you.

Get packing started ASAP.

During a move, you can declutter and re-evaluate your belongings. However, leaving packing too late can make it tempting to throw everything into boxes and worry about it later. However, you will save time and money if you have a thorough clear out first. Sort your belongings into three boxes labeled “Keep,” “Throw,” and “Donate.”. Take a ruthless approach to this task. When you don't have to waste money filling up another vanload with things you don't need, you will be grateful.

Pack small in big.

I've used this packing and moving tip for years, and it's one of my favorites. To move small packed boxes inside larger moving boxes, you put them inside larger boxes. Packing items like pens, knick-knacks, cooking utensils, gadgets, or other miscellaneous items like shelf decor or ornaments is a method I like to use. This is a useful way to organize all your small items and save space – which is crucial when you're moving.

Mark your moving boxes on each side and in detail.

Even if things are in storage for a long time, details make a big difference. I always make sure that each box I label is exceptionally detailed, regardless of how annoying or unnecessary it appears at the time.

List everything inside, paying close attention to items you'll probably want to unpack as soon as possible. You'll know what to look for just by checking the box when it's time to unpack. If you want to make sure you can see what's inside a box, note the contents on two separate sides and the top, so you know what it contains, even if it gets lost in a pile of moving boxes.

Make boxes stronger by using hangers.

The last thing you think about is your hangers until it's time to pack them. As much as you'd like to leave them behind, you can't because you'll need them once you unpack your clothes. So what do you do? Please make use of them as extra support while you pack.

Regardless of how well I pack, a few boxes (or many boxes) always have room at the top. By stacking other moving boxes on top of your moving box, they will become structurally weak and more likely to collapse. Hangers can come in handy here – throw a few on top to help support the weight.

Think about packing as though you were going on vacation.

If empty suitcases, bags, or wastepaper bins are lying around, purchasing more packing boxes makes no sense. If you need to pack anything that cannot hang, like towels and bedding, use these boxes, and organize them meticulously. Rolling will maximize your space. In addition to helping you cram in your belongings, space-saving vacuum bags are also helpful.

Make handles for boxes.

An easy tip to help you handle your boxes more quickly if you're moving is by cutting a rectangle or triangle into each side of a box cutter. You can create handles. You should also avoid overloading the box, as it could tear if you cut the hole too close to the top.

Photograph setups.

If you plan to dismantle or disconnect your TV or computer, take a quick picture of the back setup. So when you're settled into your new place, you'll know precisely how to reconnect all of your cables and cords. Unless you are an electronics pro, this will come in handy when you're tired at the end of the day and want to lounge around watching Netflix with a takeaway.

Before you move, set up Internet and utilities.

There's a lot of packing and planning to do in the days before your move, which can make moving feel chaotic and stressful. Before moving, though, make sure you set up your new home's Internet and utilities. When the Internet is set up at your new home, I suggest you be there personally if you are reliant on your Internet, such as I am. While the technician from the company is at your house, you can test it out and ensure that it works correctly. Furthermore, this will help prevent any problems if the technician forgets to arrive at your house.

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Moving is a big part of life, and there are never too many tips or tricks to facilitate the process. I hope these tips are helpful to you in your next move!

Dillon Buckley
Moving Company Expert and Writer

Dillon Buckley is a distinguished Moving Company Expert, renowned for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the realm of the moving industry. With an exceptional talent for articulating complex moving processes into easily digestible information, he has earned recognition as a go-to authority for individuals seeking guidance on relocation, packing, and everything in between.