According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, every day 130,000 people move into a new home. While most people approach moving day with a mix of excitement and dread, there are some simple steps that they can take to minimize the hassle and expense. For one, it pays to get rid of as much unnecessary “stuff” before the move as possible. With this in mind, homeowners faced with moves should have yard sales and/or make charitable contributions to families in need. Next, it kills two birds with one stone to use pillows, towels, and bedding as packing material. Doing so will cut down on the amount of bubble wrap that must be purchased to wrap plates, glasses, and ceramic pieces.
Eliminating items that are cluttering your home will make it appear neater, larger and more appealing to prospective buyers. Start ‘weeding out’ before you pack to move. Take the opportunity to sell or donate items you do not want or need and prepare your home for viewing by prospective buyers.
Here are a few tips:
1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.
Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.
2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.
4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.
This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
9. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
10. Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents. It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
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