Top 10 Tips for Packing and Moving
Hey friends! I’m officially back and will hopefully have a much more consistent posting schedule moving forward. If you follow me on Instagram (you totally should!), then you will know that Jarrett and I just moved! We moved from Virginia Beach to Norfolk, about a 25 minute drive. And let me tell you, this was the best decision! We both work in Norfolk and now our commute is around 10 minutes instead of 30+. Plus, we can walk to dozens of restaurants, breweries, shops, etc. It has been incredible!
During the whole process, I jotted down my top 10 tips for packing and moving. If you are moving anytime soon, take these tips into consideration! Moving can be beyond stressful, but if you take the time to plan things out, it can be as smooth as moving can ever be. Ha!
Anyways, I think we had a very successful move, so let’s jump on into my top 10 tips for packing and moving!
Tip #1: Downsize as you pack.
Go room by room and break things down into categories: keep, donate, and trash. I do feel like moving offers a sort of good house cleanse and we certainly donated a lot! You won’t realize how much stuff you have until you start to see the boxes pile up. Donate that sweater you wore 2 years ago or trash old receipts from things you definitely cannot return at this point.
Tip #2: If you are moving yourself, get a variety of box sizes.
Variety is the spice of life, right?! Think about the items you own- things are not the same size, shape, or weight. Books in particular, as well as kitchen items, can be very heavy and you don’t want to have a ton of empty, wasted space in bigger boxes.
Additionally, if you have advanced notice that you will be moving, try to acquire those boxes and other packing materials for free. I bet you get Amazon deliveries regularly! Save that box and bubble wrap and you are on your way to a smoother move. Tape, boxes, bubble wrap, etc. add up quickly and you don’t want to add financial stress to a situation that is never easy to begin with.
Tip #3: Don’t let boxes get too heavy.
This is piggy-backing onto tip #2, but its very important. Especially if you are going to be the ones moving your stuff. Make sure you are physically able to lift and carry each box a good distance. And proper body mechanics are key!
If you can, I highly suggest you rent box and furniture dollies to help move your belongings. Protect your backs, people!
Tip #4: Write the general contents and desired room location on every box.
I mean, every box. There is nothing worse than getting everything into your new space and having no idea where to begin. If you are moving a large home, I actually recommend you packing a suitcase or two with your immediate necessities. Think towels, sheets, change of clothing, and basic toiletries for each person.
Make sure you also indicate which boxes contain fragile items! Luckily, we only had one item break in the move, but that can definitely be avoided. If you have room in your cars, pack fragile or sentimental belongings there.
Tip #5: Clean furniture before you move it.
Now, I cannot be the only person who forgets to dust. Have you ever taken things off of a bookcase and found a nice, thick layer of dust? I definitely just did that. Ha! So, wipe that bad boy down. Pack your furniture clean and you won’t have to worry about doing that before you can begin to unpack and settle in to your new place. Same goes for dishes, laundry, etc. Try to move clean items only.
Tip #6: Give yourself time for the physical move.
Especially if you are doing it yourselves and not hiring a moving company. I would not recommend packing, moving, and cleaning your old place in a weekend. Hello, stress!
Our leases overlap by almost a month, which is unfortunate from a financial standpoint, but incredible for decreasing moving stress. You definitely do not need that much time, but give yourself a little leeway.
Same deal for the actual day that you are moving. If you think it will take 4 hours, give yourself 6. Especially if you are renting equipment. How bad would it be if you had to return those dollies or even your truck before you were done? And if you have friends/family helping, they’re going to take more rest breaks than a crew you hired. Just saying.
Tip #7: Pick your moving crew wisely.
Jarrett and I were so lucky to have three of our friends help with this move! And to put the cherry on top, 3 out of 4 of the guys helping (including Jarrett), are competitive weight lifters. So our stuff was in very good hands. Ha!
You don’t need to have the strongest people you know for your move, but it doesn’t hurt. I would focus on getting people that work well together and can put in a hard days work. Additionally, if they don’t complain, its the best! Our crew was fantastic and we couldn’t have done it without them!
If you are hiring a moving company, do your research! Ask friends or coworkers for recommendations. This is not a job I would trust to just anyone.
Tip #8: If you have access to your new home before you move, try to plan out where you want major furniture pieces to go.
Take note of outlet locations to place TVs, etc. This will make it so much easier if you can tell your friends or movers where to put those large items! Saving yourself the hassle of moving it later is key.
Tip #9: Give yourself time to clean.
This goes back to tip #6, but I am really so grateful that we didn’t have to physically move and clean our old apartment in the same weekend. We did a little bit of cleaning this past weekend, but still have to go back to finish. You forget how long it takes to clean a kitchen or bathroom!
If you don’t have time to do this, I highly recommend you hire cleaners. Honestly, I kind of wish we had this time around, but you live and you learn. There are lots of companies that specialize in move-in/move-out cleaning, so it shouldn’t be too expensive!
Tip #10: Make sure to set up/cancel utilities.
And forward your mail! Can you imagine getting to your new place, so excited to move in, only to find that you forgot to set up electricity?!
Other random tips for packing and moving:
Pack your hanging clothing in trash bags. Place the loops around the hangers on the outside and save yourself time and effort!
Have suitcases? Pack clothing into those! Why move empty bags and purchase move boxes than necessary?
Keep cash on hand, especially if you have a moving company. Tips are never expected, but they are appreciated.
Tape closed the lids to items. Particularly kitchen items. We had cocoa powder open in a box of other spices and it was not pretty. Same goes for liquids. Just make sure everything is sealed properly.
Alright, any tips for packing and moving that I missed that you have used in the past? These really helped make our move as easy as possible! Let me know if you use any of these in a future move. Also, anyone want a decorating blog post eventually? Ikea is opening this week and I cannot wait to make my way through for inspiration and a few purchases!
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