The most common reasons people move are divorce, sick family members, and relocating for a job. All of these things are not fun, and many people are leaving behind quite a few skeletons in the closet. Take the stress out of starting anew by opening up your moving options and following these handy packing and moving tips.
Start Packing Now
Whether you are moving in months or weeks, you need to start packing now. Saving it all for the last minute will stress you out, and you are more likely to pack clumsily, leaving dishes and glass pushed up together and without necessary cushioning. Do not unpack shards of glass. Start small, and pack things that you do not need immediately first. If you are moving in spring, sweaters, winter coats, gloves, mittens, and hats can all be safely tucked away, and no one is going to miss them.
Clean up Shop Or, In This Case, Home
It is okay. We all keep personal belongings that we have not used for years. Moving is the perfect time to finally say goodbye, and make sure that you do not end up on the next episode of “Hoarders.” Extra items can be recycled, or donated to charity.
Be Thrifty When You Pack
Strapped for cash? There are lot of cheap moving tips. Use towels, dish cloths, pillow cases, puffy coats, and more to insulate and cushion delicate glassware. That will cut down on expenses for bubble wrap and packing peanuts, and keep your dishes and fragile items free of ink stains from newsprint or newspapers.
Have an “Emergency Pack”
Pack a box of items that you will be using immediately and, if at all possible, take this right in the car with you. This box should be packed with towels, toilet paper, soap, pet food, tools, a flashlight, blankets, toothpaste, medication, and more. Whatever you may need straight away goes into the box, and make sure to keep extra cash and important numbers (like the number of the moving company!) right in your wallet.
Do not limit your moving options. Prepare, and pack, ahead.