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Moving Hacks for Faster, Easier, Less Stressful Moves

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How to move: getting prepared

The best way to pack for moving is to start earlier, rather than later. So before we get to packing tips and tricks, here are some moving hacks that will help you start on the right foot

You’ll not only get it out of the way early on, but you’ll also ensure you don’t forget to do it later.

Moving can get expensive, and you don’t want to end up with major sticker shock on top of everything else. Please take advantage of our online moving cost calculator and figure out how much you can expect to spend.
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Use our packing calculator to get a good idea of just how much you’ll need in terms of packing supplies. This way, you can be sure to get what you need on the first run to the store.

Make it a goal to eat as much of the food you already have in your house as you can before moving day. Turn it into a game and get creative with recipes to see how much you can use up. Do good at the same time by donating unopened/unexpired food to a local food bank.

Getting rid of stuff

We can’t overstate just how much easier your move will be if you organize your belongings and toss, recycle, or donate what you don’t need instead of lugging it with you to your new home. It’s an undertaking, but these tips can help you do it.

If it doesn’t fit, is out of style, and/or you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.

When deciding whether an item serves a purpose in your life, ask yourself whether you would go out and spend money on it if you didn’t already have it. If you wouldn’t, you likely don’t need it.
If you know you’ll be donating big items like furniture and rugs, schedule a pick-up ahead of time so you can be sure you have an organization pick them up. Check out this list of charities that pick up your donations so that you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to transport everything.
If you know you’ll be donating big items like furniture and rugs, schedule a pick-up ahead of time so you can be sure you have an organization pick them up. Check out this list of charities that pick up your donations so that you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to transport everything.

Saving money on your move

In addition to being a lot of work, moves can also cost you a lot of money. Follow these moving budget hacks to keep your costs down.

This helps ensure you get the best price, and you may even find that a company is willing to reduce their estimate if it means getting your business.

The best way to move is the way that makes sense for your needs and your budget. Price compare moving companies against renting a moving truck or using a portable moving container to hone in on your most cost-effective option.
You can often score free boxes by calling up local retailers or just asking friends and family members.
Have some lee-way in terms of when you have to relocate? Save money by opting for a mid-day or mid-week move.

How to pack for a move

Packing to move might be the most time-consuming part of the whole process. Our best packing tips for moving are all about cutting corners so that you can save yourself time while still making sure that your belongings are safe. With that in mind, here are the packing hacks for moving you need to know for a smoother move.

Take the drawers out of the dresser, leave the items in there, and secure them by wrapping up the drawer in plastic wrap. If it’s not too heavy, you can leave the drawers in the dresser and wrap up the dresser itself in plastic wrap.

Keep clothes on their hangers and either group them up and wrap them in large garbage bags or hang them in a wardrobe box.
Save time with your box labeling by picking up a sheet of different colored stickers and assigning each color a room. That way, you’ll be able to identify what needs to go where super quickly, and you won’t have to hunt for the marker every single time you seal up a box.
Snap a quick pic of the inside of boxes after they’re packed in case you need to jog your memory later about what’s where. While you won’t capture every item in the shot, it should help you get a general idea of what you’ll find in each box.
It can be difficult to remember where all those wires go. While your TV is still plugged in, take a picture of the back of it so you’ll remember how to set it back up later.
Wrap up breakables like glasses or perfume bottles in socks for serious padding, and use linens and towels to cushion fragile, difficult to wrap items like lamps and vases. In the kitchen, use dish towels to securely wrap up knives and other sharp objects, securing them on there with a rubber band.
Instead of wasting additional boxes for small kitchen items like spices and gadgets, fill up your large pots and other sealable containers with them. You’ll save a ton of space.

Prevent spills in transit by using plastic wrap to secure the lids of soap, shampoo, cleaning supplies, and other items you don’t want poured out all over your things.

You can get away with packing heavy things in suitcases since their wheels make them easy to move. Use suitcases to pack things that aren’t easily transported in boxes, such as books and heavy serving dishes.

Pack a small duffle bag or suitcase with the items you’ll need access to during your move and right after you’ve arrived at your new place, such as important documents, medications, chargers, basic toiletries, a couple of changes of clothes, etc.

Moving day moving hacks

Moving day itself is super tiring—and it can be super stressful, too. These moving hacks will help you get through it.

Stock a cooler with easy-to-grab items that can keep your strength up throughout the day, like water bottles and quick snacks. Move it with you in the car instead of the moving truck, so you can access it whenever you need to.

If your kids are too young to help on moving day, your best bet is to have them hang out with friends or family to relieve a bit of your stress and keep them safe. The same goes for pets. If you can, arrange alternate plans for your little ones and your furry ones—you’ll all be happier.
Last-minute packing can slow down your entire day. Make it a goal to be completely packed before your movers arrive or it’s time to pick up the rental truck. That way, you can focus right away on accomplishing the task at hand.

Last-minute moving hacks

Having lots of time to plan, prep, and execute your move is great; however, it doesn’t always work out that way. Follow these moving and packing tips if you’re in a hurry.

Figure out how you’re getting from point A to point B before doing anything else. You can wing a lot of things with moving, but not this.

Now is the time to pack, not think. Take care to wrap valuables, breakables, and sharp items properly, but don’t put pressure on yourself to organize or label your boxes—you’ll figure it all out later when you’re not on a tight deadline.
If you’re working with a moving company, you can offload some of the tasks to them, such as wrapping up furniture and getting last-minute into boxes. Know that this may tack on some time, and thus some cash, to your final bill.

Unpacking

You’ve finally arrived, but there’s still more to be done. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and speed up the unpacking process.

You’ll not only get it out of the way early on, but you’ll also ensure you don’t forget to do it later.

Moving can get expensive, and you don’t want to end up with major sticker shock on top of everything else. Please take advantage of our online moving cost calculator and figure out how much you can expect to spend.
Use moving.com to find movers near you that we’ve vetted for quality and reliability.
Use our packing calculator to get a good idea of just how much you’ll need in terms of packing supplies. This way, you can be sure to get what you need on the first run to the store.

Unpacking Entertainment

You’ve finally arrived, but there’s still more to be done. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and speed up the unpacking process.

Music makes everything better. Skip the TV. It will just be a distraction. Put on some good tunes to entertain yourself while unpacking and provide a much-needed distraction from the monotony.

Don’t stress yourself out trying to get every single box unpacked right away. Get the major things done. Focus on doing what you can as you can. Take a break in between unpacking sessions to do something fun. Devoting just ten or fifteen minutes at a time to unpacking is sufficient. It will all get done eventually.
Let’s get real here: you’re not going to cook while also settling in and unpacking. Give yourself the gift of guilt-free takeout so you can focus more on everything else that needs to get done. Try a new place you’ve always wanted to try or indulge in your favorite dishes. Make it fun.

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