Moving – and especially packing – is a tedious job. Two things first-time movers often fail to see is the huge amount of work that moving involves (you never know how much stuff you have until you start packing for a move), as well as the fact that there are so many easy workarounds for common moving and packing problems. Our moving super stars set up this list of super smart packing tips that will make life on and after moving day a lot easier.
1. The Right Boxes – from the Right Place.
There are a number of ways to acquire moving boxes. You can:
- Ask around at local stores a few weeks before moving day, which is a cheap and easy way to get stable and proper moving boxes (ask for wine and/or bottle cartons, those can be a real life saver if you have a lot of bottles or glass ware);
- Look for free moving boxes on Craigslist’s “free” section to save money and get the right amount of moving boxes you need;
- Buy moving boxes from a professional moving company. This is a good idea if you don’t have a lot of time to go box hunting. Proper boxes are definitely worth their money, because not even the smartest packing tip will work if you’re boxes can’t to what they are supposed to do.
2. Clothing Packing Tip: Use Garbage Bags and Hangers.
Sliding your clothes while they’re still on the hangers directly into a garbage bag can save you a lot of time: you won’t have to fold them, pack them up, unfold them, iron them and rearrange them at your new place. Your clothes will stay together and be ready to hang up upon arrival.
How it works: take a garbage bag and pull it over your clothes. You can start from the bottom or with the hangers first, that’s up to you. Check out this super quick video description to see how we find this packing tip works best.
When you decide to hang them up, just rip the bag off. As simple as that!
3. Vacuum Seal your Clothes.
Vacuum sealing of out-of-season clothing can help you save a lot of valuable space in s boxes, especially if you’re moving in spring or in summer.
Remember packing for skiing and winter holidays? Remember how much space only a few big pullovers can take up in your suitcase? Vacuuming them will minimize their volume and help you regain additional and valuable box space.
Of course, you can do that with other clothes as well; just make sure it’s worth the effort of reopening all of them right after the move. After all, moving hacks are not just supposed to work well, but also to be quick and affordable.
4. Sort out All Soft Items and Use them for Padding.
This packing tip isn’t very new, but you know what they say – old is gold!
Once you’ve started packing, you’ll see that there are quite a lot of things that are breakable or that could easily be made unusable if not handled properly.
If you’re in a hurry, or if you think you have enough suitable household items to keep your belongings safe, wrap breakable dishware, kitchen items, glass ware into towels, sheets, socks or any other cushy item that offers extra padding.
This way, you’ll save on bubble wrap and you’ll be packing several items at once.
5. Think Outside the Box.
Literally – use boxes, but use all other available space as well. Fill Boots, drawers, baskets – as long as they can fill the empty space without being too heavy, you’re good to go.
6. And Distribute your Belongings Wisely.
Don’t fill empty suitcases or similar rolling luggage with light items, like bed sheets or clothes. Using suitcases for heavy items like books can make your move a lot easier, because they’ll be much easier to transport thanks to the handles and wheels.
7. Wrap it up – with Stretch Wrap.
Use stretch wrap on large rolls to group items together or to protect them from getting scratched. It’s cheap and effective against minor surface damages.
8. Take Good Care of your Makeup.
In case you have many eye shadow cases, make up powders or similar fragile cosmetics, put little cotton balls inside to prevent them from breaking.
9. Double-Pack Liquids!
Cover bottles that contain shampoo, cleaning supply or anything liquid with plastic wrap before putting the top of the bottle back on. This way, the liquid will stay in the box and can’t ruin the rest of the box content.
Alternatively – or if you think there is too much time involved in replacing all caps with plastic wrap – just put the bottles in a small plastic bag and tie it up. If anything goes wrong, at least the liquid content will stay in the plastic bag.
10. Careful with Electronics!
Another helpful packing tip that can save a lot of time and effort is to take a picture of how the back of your electronics looks like to see how the wires are supposed to go.
Also, small parts of electronics can be kept together if you put them in sandwich bags and label them accordingly.
In case you’re having trouble packing up your TV – which is one of the most valuable electronics and should be handled with special care – check out this helpful video tutorial for packing TV’s for a move.
11. As Soft as Possible!
Using simple Styrofoam plates between your fragile plates can give your plates the padding they need to survive the ride to your new place. Big plus: it’s a cheap, yet very effective packing tip!
How did you handle your packing problems on and before moving day? Let us know what super smart packing tips you got to know on your moving adventure!