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    Updated on Jul 30, 2020. Posted on Jul 30, 2020

    21 Things That Will Make Your Next Move Your Easiest Yet

    Just a few helpful packing products for avoiding broken dishes, bed bugs, and a bad back during your next move.

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    1. A mover's dolly that weighs about 10 pounds but can carry up to 1,000. Whether you're rearranging heavy furniture or disposing of dead weight, this carpeted, four-wheeler will become a better friend to you than those actual friends who bailed on helping you move your stuff in the first place.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This dolly is the best. It arrived in a box assembled. That's right assembled! I didn't need a tool, especially maybe one I didn't have. Big surprise,it's made well moves furniture easily. Even odd-sized furniture. I only bought one but I'm ready to own a pair." —Skip

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    2. A four-pack of rot-, mold-, and mildew-resistant ratchet tie-down straps (with carrying case) to make sure furniture or boxes stay firmly put during transport to their new home.

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    Promising review: "Made our move from house to house very easy! Straps and rackets really cranked down for a secure load! Had no issues except with user error with the line bunching up but had to watch the instructional video because we made the two most common mistakes, (putting the line in on the same side as the crank, and not pulling the slack out first before cranking). Bright green is a plus on the main roads, letting people following you know the load is secure." —Jeremy V

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A full-size, heavyweight, machine-washable quilted moving blanket that's worth the extra few bucks for its professional quality (in both durability and protection) and it's post-move versatility (picnic blanket, car seat cover, pillow-fort topper).

    A model covering a wooden chest of drawers with and orange and black moving blanket
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great moving blanket, use daily in the back of my Jeep for my dogs to sit on. Very sturdy, has been through the washer/dryer twice with no issues. The Blaze orange size is very bright and I could even see it being used for signaling purposes if needed." —Brian M

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in 1,3,6, and 12 packs).

    4. A back support brace, because even though you've been (mostly) lifting from the knees, your spine can use all the support it can get when trying to move that vintage, mid-century credenza.

    A model wearing a black back support brace sinched around the lower back with crossed shoulder straps
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well this belt works. I just spent three days moving furniture to a new house and this belt saved my back. It is well-made, comfortable, and offers support right where I need it. I plan to start using it at the gym as well. I am a big guy and this belt did not let me down. I will be buying another if I ever wear this one out." —Christopher

    Get it from Amazon for $12.71+ (available in sizes XS–4XL).

    5. A tear- and puncture-resistant mattress bag for keeping all manner of disgustingness from getting onto or into your bed (yeah, we're talking about you, bedbugs).

    A reviewer's image of a large mattress covered with a clear bag
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I would never move my bed without putting the mattress in a bag like the Cresnel Mattress Bag. Even an empty van can have infestations from previous customers. These are very nice, heavy bags and it is very easy to slide them over your mattress. I then use packing tape to completely close the open end. Well worth the money to protect your bedding. Highly recommended." —Skye Sakamoto

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in four sizes and 1 or 2 packs).

    6. A 16-piece set of furniture sliders for carpeted and hard floor surfaces to cut down on as much heavy lifting as possible. Why carry a couch when you can glide it instead?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Should have gotten these years ago. They are absolutely wonderful. I can move heavy furniture easily without damaging hardwood floors or getting stuck in area rugs. Because the legs of my furniture are thick and cover them almost completely, I keep them under everything and can move furniture to vacuum. Really great!" —MMLELL

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    7. A three-pack of 32-liter collapsible storage bins that can be put to use after the move. Got nothing to store at the moment? No worries, these guys store themselves.

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    Promising review: "These are awesome! Quick to assemble, just pull up and push out. Stores flat out of the way. Really sturdy and great size for packing kids off to college, moving from place to place, or for added storage crates. The only thing missing is the lid." —Bkirk

    Get it from Amazon for $37.29+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    8. A roll of heavy-duty shrink wrap which will make your dresser look like last night's leftovers but will ensure that nothing falls out or gets left out of the move.

    A model covering a piece of furniture on semi-transparent shrink wrap
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Had never done this kind of shrink wrapping for a move before but the mover I hired recommended it. Really great to be able to just wrap dressers and leave the drawers unemptied in. Definitely needed a two-person situation for a number of items but we really kind of saw the greatness of it as we were going and used it on more things than I would've ever guessed. And as many other reviewers have said, lots leftover. I will qualify that by saying I was moving a one-bedroom apartment. So probably not the case for the whole house." —ArtistDame1

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88.

    9. A Brother P-Touch portable label maker with three fonts, 14 frames, and more than 250 symbols, to organize random boxes so they aren't random anymore and save you time digging through them for whatever it is you're looking for.

    A label maker with a QWERTY keyboard and examples of the types of labels it can make in different colors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Inserting the provided sample print cartridge is like putting in a cassette tape, it felt very nostalgic. Definitely read the instructions but it's really intuitive after that. I like the size and width options. Like others have said, you can save tape by selecting the smallest margin, typing out all your words with a space between, then printing it as one long strip, and cutting the labels apart with scissors. Don't forget to feed the tape after you've printed before using the cutter or you'll cut off the end of the last word." —El

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. A four-pack of Sharpie "King Size" permanent markers, because maybe a label maker isn't your thing and you just want to write as big as you possibly can on your cardboard canvas.

    A model's hand holding a large black ink Sharpie marker writing on a cardboard box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "'Appreciate the small things in life.' When packing for our move I used these thick markers to label boxes so the movers knew what room each box belonged to and so I knew what was in each box. These markers were a huge help!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.37+ (available in multiple counts).

    11. A complete dinnerware storage set, which includes 48 felt protectors for plates, so your dishes, mugs, bowls, and glasses will be safely stored like they belong in a museum even though you bought them at Ikea.

    Round and square gray quilted boxes with zip-tops holding dishes and glasses
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These storage containers are great for helping to organize dishes for a move. However, be prepared to place them in another sturdy container for the move. These will not protect from packing pressure or heavy road bumps. I will continue using these to store my extra dishes. So thankful I had them for my out-of-state move. I purchased extra plate packing rounds and used them to add an additional cushion. Then I placed and packed around these containers into a large plastic tub for transportation. Not a single dish was broken." —H LaRoche

    Get it from Amazon for $39.77 (available in three colors).

    12. A set of two retractable-blade box cutters, because all that cardboard piling up really needs to be cut down to size. Includes a handy refill pouch with five extra blades for when all that slicing gets dull.

    A box cutter with the blade extended about to cut some cardboard boxes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "In consideration of the amount of stuff I order, it seemed worth it to order a new box cutter. I keep one in the garage for opening and breaking down boxes instead of hauling them into the house to do it. For years, I have been using an antique cheap little plastic piece of junk that came from who-knows-where. Most likely a gumball machine. So, I decided to really live it up and buy a new box cutter. I found this pair and they looked nice. Are they ever! They're also better than the more sturdy metal ones kept in the house. They work very well, cut very easily and smoothly. Great purchase!" —Jazmine von Holzrand
    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    13. A 30-piece bungee cords assortment jar to lock down, tie up, or otherwise secure anything that might go flying (or missing) during your move.

    Multi-colored set of bungee cords, ball ties, and clips in as well as a clear round plastic container with red top
    Amazon

    Includes 10-inch, 18-inch, 24-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch bungee cords, 8-inch canopy/tarp ball ties, and crocodile mouth tarp clips.

    Promising review: "I use these in my truck to hold items in the bed and also to keep the covers from blowing off my patio furniture. The cords usually last a few years. It was time for replacements and this item was a good deal and contained enough cords for all that I needed. The quality is very good and I have enough extras to last for years." —PaulP

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    14. A 72-foot roll of bubble wrap that you need to promise you'll save and reuse again (because you can, and it cuts down on waste, and you don't have enough clothes to wrap everything you own).

    A model's hands wrapping a glass planter with bubble wrap
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This bubble wrapping material has small bubbles, great for moving or storage. Bubbles are the standard small 3/16-inch in size. Not all bubble wraps have perforations but these do! Every 12 inches just gently tear off a square or use multiple squares as a longer sheet. Whether you are moving, shipping items, storing things. or just need to protect delicate items, this is a great product." —Jor El

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    15. A custom-designed, digital moving announcement, for when you've got some downtime to texting, email, or gram your friends and fam about your new destination.

    An iPhone screen with a colorful state outline and background announcing a move
    Delicious Papers Co / Etsy

    Delicious Papers Co is an Etsy shop established in 2015 based in Oxford, Mississippi that creates stationery as well as paper and digital cards.

    Promising review: "This is my third year in a row ordering from this company. I am pleased each and every time! She is a gem and easy to work with!" —Angela Simpson

    Get it from Delicious Papers Co on Etsy for $15.

    16. A six-pack of jumbo Spacesaver vacuum storage bags to increase storage space around the home, especially for bedding and out-of-season clothing. Not only do these bags come with a travel pump (in case you don't have a vac handy) but they also have a lifetime replacement guarantee.

    A before and after image of a pile of clothes on the floor versus the same pile that fits into a vacuum bag and takes up less space
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Promising review: "I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. Purging and getting rid of so much stuff that I’ve accumulated throughout the years was life-changing! I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for King down duvets, thick blankets, and king-sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum, and how much I could fit in such a small space!" —Raquel Moss

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in five sizes).

    17. A six-pack of heavy-duty packing tape for keeping boxes secure and their contents from falling out until you slice them open again in your new abode.

    Six rolls of clear packing tape packaged together with a large blue and red label
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so very pleased with this tape. I have been packing a five-bedroom home for a move and first purchased a name-brand tape that refused to stick to the cardboard boxes! I thought I would give this a try and I am so very pleased​ that I did...It works GREAT!" —MARYALICE FOUST

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. A multi-position, heavy-duty folding hand truck that totes up to 300 pounds of whatever you can fit on it, either upright on two wheels or a cart on four wheels. You've got options!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I bought one for the office in 2016 because I got tired of lugging heavy things one at a time (and hey, it was their money, not mine!) and we LOVED it. Then I moved locations in 2018 and the new place did not have a set of handtrucks. Oh I can help you with that! Now I've got one for the house (2020) because my child is moving into a dorm and there is no way momma is making 17 trips from the car to move him in and out. And really I don't know why I didn't buy one for the house before now!" —Leah Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $58.93+ (available in three colors).

    19. A heavy-duty, collapsible chrome garment rack for easily wheeling clothing right out of your old place and storing your seasonal wears at your new place.

    A reviewer's photo of more than a dozen jackets hung from the metallic garment rack
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this rack! My daughter moved home temporarily after she graduated from college before she started her new job and needed some extra room for her clothes. I didn't want to spend a lot since it was temporary, so this was perfect! The assembly instructions were clear, and it was super easy to put together, it only took me about 15 minutes. It rolls easily and holds a lot of clothes and coats. She was happy the ends had extenders. Great sturdy, rolling rack for a value price. I would definitely recommend it!" —BevT

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A bathroom shower curtain liner, because after a day of moving one of the worst feelings is looking forward to a long, hot shower only to realize that having no curtain will turn your new bathroom into a flood zone.

    A reviewer's photo of a clear shower curtain in the bathroom
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is actually quite a fantastic shower curtain. I selected it to replace my previous mildew/soap-stained curtain some time ago and it's still clean and clear. Aside from its shower scum resistance, it's also rather more durable than other brands that I've used in the past. Should I be moving house in the near future as planned, I'll not hesitate to order another curtain of this brand for my new bathroom." —GEOFETT19

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    21. An Away carry-on suitcase to pack up all those things you'll need on your first night/next morning in your new place (toiletries, tool-kit, change of clothes, cleaning supplies, etc.).

    Three images of a pink away suitcase, closed, top-down, and opened with black interior, accents, and wheels
    Away

    The thing I really love about my Away suitcase (which is not pink) is the amount of things you can cram inside of it, not only on trips but while it's in storage. It's come in incredibly handy for swapping winter and summer clothes (gloves begone, shorts come on). But using it during our last move was a lifesaver because of the time it saved us after a very stressful day. We had everything we needed to get to bed and then wake up in the morning without having to dig through multiple boxes.

    Get it from Away for $225.

    You'll know you've had an easy and successful move when you don't end up with the "mystery box" at the end.

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