Moving to a new home can be very exciting, but with moving comes the dreaded chore of packing. While it might be impossible to escape, these tips can make packing a lot more bearable.
Purge the Past
Moving is the perfect opportunity to make a clean start. Start filling up some trash bags, and visit a local charity to donate everything you no longer need. You also may want to look into selling items at a garage sale or one of the popular online marketplaces.
Gather Packing Supplies
Sturdy packing boxes, packing paper, packing tape and a tape dispenser, as well as permanent markers and a dolly or hand cart are all must-haves when packing your belongings! Label Everything Label boxes on the top and the side and include the room where the box belongs with a short description of the contents.
Make a List, and Check It Twice
Create a list of all boxes and their contents. You’ll know right away where to find your favorite pillow or the essential coffee maker. Check off items as you unpack and keep the list as a household inventory.
Plastic Wrap Is Your Friend
Plastic wrap is great when it comes to packing. Keep your toiletries from leaking by unscrewing the caps, covering them with plastic wrap and then screwing the caps back on. Wrapping your dresser drawers or other storage bins will make sure that nothing falls out of place during the move. Check out other clever packing tricks here.
First Night Survival Kit
Make sure you pack one box that is specifically for the first night in your new, beautiful home. If the movers haven’t arrived yet, or it’s too late to start unpacking, you’ll want the essentials to get you through the night. In this box, you should have things like a change of clothes for everyone, toilet paper, non-perishable foods, a few toiletries and some games or magazines for a little entertainment — and a lamp with light bulb! Bonus tip: Pack a travel tote for the car with medications, snacks and water, move-related paperwork, phone chargers and some cash.
We hope these tips help make your big move more exciting and bareable!
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