Moving to a new place brings all sorts of adventure, but unfortunately, the process of moving is no fun. To make your task a little easier, here are 8 essential moving hacks.
1. Start Early
Moving is going to take some time. If you want to do it in an organized fashion, start packing weeks in advance. Make any necessary arrangements, such as moving truck rental and hotels 2-3 weeks out so that you don’t have to worry about them the day of the move. Change your address 1-2 weeks before you move as well so that you don’t have to worry about your mail getting lost.
Save some space in the moving truck by getting rid of anything that you no longer need or want. As you go through your house, room by room, put everything into three categories: need, want, and don’t want. Everything that you don’t want you should throw out, donate to a local charity, or sell it. Once those things are out of the way, take a look at your want pile and determine if there is anything that you never use. Don’t fall into the trap of “I’ll use this someday,” if you haven’t used it in the past year, chances are that you won’t use it in the next year, so toss it out.
3. Rent a Dumpster
It will be much easier to dejunk your life if you have somewhere to put all of the things that you want to get rid of. Rent a dumpster about a week before you plan to move so that you can toss in your unwanted items every day leading up to the big move. Luckily, if you forget to plan ahead and schedule a dumpster, you can rent a dumpster at a moment’s notice! Some companies even offer a 4 hour guarantee — meaning that the dumpster will be there in four hours from the time that you order it.
4. Get Help
Moving is a long, arduous process, and one that should not be taken on alone. Enlist family, friends, and neighbors to help make your move faster and more efficient. If you don’t know anyone who lives nearby, it might be a good idea to hire a local moving company to take care of some of the bigger things.
5. Wrap Breakables In Clothes
If you don’t have enough moving paper lying around you can use your clothes to protect fragile items such as dishes, vases, and keepsakes. You can also put styrofoam plates in between each normal plate to keep them from breaking. Pack fragile things in smaller boxes and make sure that you label them as fragile so that those helping you move will be more careful with them.
6. Organize By Room
Find a way to label each box and bag with what room they will go in once you arrive at your new place. That way you won’t have to hang out at the moving truck telling people where to put things. Color coordinating things by room is a great idea, but you can also write what room they belong in on a piece of tape. You can also use holiday gift labels to mark your items.
7. Number Your Boxes
The easiest way to keep track of your stuff is to number each box. Every time you pack a box, write a number on it, and use a notebook or google doc to jot it down with a quick description of what’s in the box. The descriptions don’t need to be detailed – something as generic as “Kitchen” or “Office Supplies” will do. When you arrive at your destination, you can check each box off of your list to make sure that everything arrived safely.
8. Take Care of Yourself
Many people forget to properly take care of themselves while they are moving. Make sure that you eat enough food and that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Don't forget to lift with your legs so that you don’t strain your back. Try to minimize stress. Be careful not to cut yourself on any moving boxes or sharp objects. While it’s important to get all of your stuff to your new place in one piece, it's more important to get you there in one piece.