Moving is TOUGH and we aren't here to deny it — we're here to help. Below is a list of tips and tricks to make your next move go more smoothly than ever. You got this!
1. Use colored tape to quickly identify where each box belongs.
2. Make sure to keep your sentimental, valuable, and important objects/documents with you during the move.
3. Pre-cook, then pack a bunch of frozen meals into a cooler so you can put off grocery shopping for a while without blowing a bunch of money on takeout.
4. Tight on space? Use vacuum sealed bags.
5. Stack your heavier items in a rolling suitcase.
6. Number each box so you can inventory the contents in each.
7. Take photos of electronic wiring so it's not quite as confusing as it was the first time around.
8. Use packing as an opportunity to throw shit out.
9. Make a to-do list for friends or family members who are willing to help out.
10. Cut handles out of the sides of any heavy boxes, to make picking them up a lot easier.
11. Put plastic wrap between the bottle and the screw top so you can hold onto opened toiletries without risking a leak.
12. In the week or two leading up to the move, try and do a little bit every night.
13. Wrap breakables in socks, bedsheets, and towels to cut bubble wrap out of your list of expenses.
14. Deconstruct your bed the night before.
15. Make your bed first so you can just conk out whenever you're too exhausted to keep going.
16. And keep all of your cords in toilet paper rolls so you don't have to add "untangle wires" to the to-do list.
17. Change your address a couple days before you move.
18. Before you pack anything, put together an overnight bag of essentials.
19. If you have a car, load it up with as much stuff as you can in the days leading up to the move.
20. Make sure gas and electricity is already set up for your new place.
21. Label. Everything.
22. If your current place needs to be cleaned before you receive your bond, organize a cleaner, or make sure you have the rental agency supply a checklist for what you need to do.
23. Make sure you buy the higher-quality garbage bags.
24. If you're getting rid of furniture, try selling it on a website, in a community Facebook group, or organize a curbside residential pickup.
25. Also, remember to defrost your fridge the day/night before.
26. Buy garment bags for your clothes.
27. Or, leave your clothes on the hangers and then put a trash bag around them for an easier move.
28. Visit supermarket stores later at night and ask for boxes. Or, visit major department stores or other retail shops.
29. If you forget things easily, write a list.
30. Get partitioned boxes from liquor stores so you can easily pack your glassware.
31. If you're using movers, organize them at least a week in advance.
32. To avoid heavy boxes, fill the box halfway with heavy items and then the rest with something light, like a pillow.
33. Use some yarn to make removing the tape on boxes WAY easier.
34. You can use tape to signal which areas of your home are already packed and empty.
35. You know those giant blue bags you get from Ikea? Store 'em and use 'em.
36. Use plastic cling wrap to keep things all together, like your furniture with drawers.
37. To make sure you don't scratch your floors, you can use products like "Moving Men" to help assist you.
38. Carry your wrapping paper in a garment bag so you can bring it all with you without crushing it in the process.
39. Get a few different-sized boxes so you can pack heavy items in the small ones and light items in the larger ones.
41. "Utilize existing real estate space."
42. Take pictures or videos of the place you're moving out of and moving into for your records.
43. Tape the bag of small parts to the furniture so nothing gets lost in the process.
44. Finally, be kind to yourself because moving is A LOT.
This post contains content from Emily Shwake, Tahlia Pritchard, and Casey Rackham. It was compiled by Laura Frustaci.