Pack an overnight bag with the essentials and the items you will need first After a long day, moving out and then moving in, I bet that you won't be in the place to start to unpack your things, but you will need to change clothes or to have a shower...right?
Wrap your breakables in clothing to save money and not buy bubble wrap. If you hate packing, now you are able to pack your clothes and kitchenware at once and save time!
Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks. But remember...the socks must be CLEAN!
In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well. When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. But, you should label the sides of the boxes, not the tops. Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper. You will need all of them. Trust me!
Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break!
If you have to move furnitures, keep the drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal. Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and re-fold their contents. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched. Also, you can keep the rest of the wrap and play one of those insane games with your roommates afterwards!!
Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides. So, if anyone keep telling you are drinking a lot, now you can tell them: "But I need the boxes for packing my books dude!" and everyone should be happy!
If you are a newbie in electronics, take a photo of how the cables at your computer or the tv are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Cut down on boxes by making special places for your hands and make it like a basket so you can carry it easily.
Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home. Two birds, one stone!
Give your friends, along with food and alcohol, anything you originally planned to sell or donate. If you have enough friends, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.
If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules.
Fill the nail holes in your previous home and your new one, with a bar of soap.
Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving. This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable but don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving. The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Unless moving makes you hungry!
Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid. Else you’re going to have stinky wet mess when you get to your new home.
photo by: tew