Start your packing as early as you can! In fact, start your entire moving process now.
Well… After reading these essential pre-packing tips.
Use What You Have
If you’ve been wondering what to use instead of cardboard boxes, start with what you have. Some popular household items that double as moving boxes include:
- Plastic containers
- Briefcases. Set these items aside and load them up with as many belongings as they can handle. You’ll see that you won’t need to purchase as many boxes with this moving hack.
Alternatively, you’d be surprised how easy it is to get free moving boxes.
Stock up on Packing Supplies
Most of the packing tips you’ll find online also encourage you to stock up on supplies before you get started. Go ahead and buy box cutters, duct tape, packing tape, labels, trash bags, and boxes before the mayhem of moving house settles in.
Cool thing to try: Use colored tape to differentiate which boxes are for which rooms. These are the types of things that will make you feel like you are killing it with the move.
Plan out Groceries
If you’re staying in town, you can easily move any leftover groceries to your new home.
However, moving across the country is another story. In the event of a long-distance move, make your last grocery shopping trip about two weeks before your move date.
If you plan out your meals, you can use most, if not all, of your food before you leave.
Do this also for household items such as toilet paper rolls, paper towels, and hand soap. The less you have to bring with you/throw away, the better.
For those foods you couldn’t get to, check out Move For Hunger. Move For Hunger is an organization that takes on the food waste problem and the hunger problem in the country.
Book Your Moving Company
We couldn’t leave this one out of the list because of how important it is.
If you book your moving company early, you can avoid higher prices and ensure they’re available on your moving day.
This includes hiring your moving company and painters to touch up the walls and baseboards, as well as renting equipment for the move. This will ultimately save you stress in the long run and make the whole process a bit easier.
The best thing you can do to avoid a stressful move is to book a great moving company
Only Keep the Necessities
Many moving tips and hacks begin with decluttering your home.
If there are fewer items to pack, you have more time for other important tasks in the midst of the move.
Start with one room at a time. Go through your belongings, and decide what you can sell and what you can donate.
You’ll probably find a fair amount of items you can toss in the garbage too. Here are popular websites where you can sell items too valuable to donate:
Pull Aside Valuables
It’s also a good idea to pull aside all your valuables that you don’t want to pack. These will go with you in your vehicle, in the truck cab, or on the plane.
Belongings to take with you include legal documents, family heirlooms, and other precious items you hold close.
With everything going on with the move, who wouldn’t want this peace of mind?