Are you getting ready to move? We are! We are moving to a new-to-us home this Friday and we are moving ourselves (DIY!) with help from friends/family! I have compiled a list of 9 tips & tricks on how to pack for a move and stay organized along the way:
1. Grocery Bags will be your new Best Friend
If you are reading this post far ahead of your move then start saving a ton of grocery bags now to use for wrapping stuff (basically free bubble wrap and then you can recycle or repurpose later!). And, if you have space, save packing materials (bubble wrap, paper, etc) from every package you get to use for your move. I had an entire bin full of packing materials I saved from over a year. And even though I had all this material I still went through a giant roll of bubble wrap!
2. Start Early
Start packing early so you don’t have to do it all in one shot like we did (it’s exhausting)! You can start packing away things that you don’t necessarily need for living, like decorations, clothes from a different season, extra dishes, etc. When we staged our condo for selling we actually packed away a ton of stuff to de-clutter/de-personalize so a big chunk of packing was already done. We were lucky and able to store these things at my in-laws, otherwise, I’d suggest getting a storage unit, like a POD so it could be delivered to your new place.
3. Purge your old stuff!
Now is a good time to get rid of old things you don’t want or need (less things to move!). Donate them, sell them on Craigslist, or have a garage sale. And start using all the random things you have in your pantry/fridge! We had some really weird meals these past couple weeks trying to get rid of everything and not let it go to waste.
4. Small boxes = happy back
Get smaller boxes so you can pack them full and they won’t get too heavy. You’ll be making more trips when you move but you won’t be breaking your back! I wish we had gotten more of the smaller boxes.
5. Your dishes will love the Dishsaver box
Get the Dishsaver/Glass Pack boxes with the inserts from Uhaul. They are a little pricy but definitely worth it to know my dishes/glasses will make it to the new place without breaking. The inserts come with sleeves that you put your dishes/glasses in and pack them in the dividers. It makes packing these things very quick, which was nice. We ended up getting 3 of these boxes. 1 for dishes, 2 for glasses. We put the extra dishes that wouldn’t fit in the 1 dish box in a regular box with bubble wrap. I hope they make it! In this picture below it shows all of our collected shot glasses through the years wrapped in bubble wrap and stuffed in our wine glasses (yay for extra room!)
6. Make a spreadsheet so you can find your stuff!
To stay organized while packing make a spreadsheet of what is in every box and what room it belongs in. That way when you move and don’t necessarily want to unpack everything in one day but you need to find your crockpot you won’t be looking in 10 boxes until you find it. Just hit Command-F on your spreadsheet, type in what you’re looking for, hit enter and it will take you to what room/box # it’s in. I started the number over for each room. So there is a Living Room box #1 and a Master Bedroom box #1. Organizing it this way instead of writing what is in each box right on it is less messy and is also a good idea if you are having someone else help you move…you can keep track of all your boxes and the movers can’t see what is in the box!
7. Write the room/box # on the side of the box
It’s a good idea to write it on the side because when the boxes are stacked on top of each other you can still see what the label is on the box! And if you’d like, label the top too so you can see it while you’re carrying the box.
8. Use trash bags to transport clothes
Instead of taking all your clothes off the hangers and packing them in suitcases for your move transport them using large trash bags. Just keep them hanging up, put a trash bag over your clothes, & tie it shut. Then take rubber bands and secure the hangers to each other so they don’t fall into the bag. A simple & easy solution!
9. Pack a box full of essentials
Make sure to pack a box (or in our case, a laundry basket) full of things you’ll need immediately when you get to the new place. We filled ours full of cleaning supplies, paper towels, TP, hand soap, box cutter, scissors, tape measure, screwdriver, band aids, medicine, & garbage bags. Remember to bring lots of water to stay hydrated when you move!
What tips & tricks do you have for packing?
Interested in details about our new-to-us home? Check out this blog post. We are getting anxious and can’t wait to get settled 🙂