Moving Tips + Tricks

I've come to learn that I love enjoy the end result of moving (hello, new space aka blank canvas!), but don't love the actual, physical act of moving everything from one home to another. 

Our recent move was a bit of a doozy because our rental had two huge flights of stairs leading up to it and both of them were really tight, making it hard to maneuver furniture around the sharp corner angles. We also had half of our belongings in a storage unit since we knew our last rental would be temporary until we purchased our house.

The plus side was that half of our items were already packed in boxes since they were in the storage unit; the down side was the fact that we had to move items from two locations into our new house. All I can say now is, I AM SO GLAD IT IS OVER.

I thought I'd compile some of my favorite moving tips, along with some that friends shared with me both in person and online -- hopefully a few of these will help your next move go a little smoother! 

My number one tip is to take some time off if you can -- back in 2015, moving day fell on a Sunday and I had to work the following day. It was awful -- I was digging through boxes that next morning looking for socks to wear and had zero groceries.

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Unpack one room at a time -- it's so tempting to hop all over the house and unpack in bits here and there, but it's so much easier if you unpack your kitchen, main bathroom, and bedroom / closet first.

Plan on grabbing takeout or stocking up on some easy to eat meals so that you can still fuel yourself even if your kitchen isn't all the way unpacked.

Use bags (duffle bags, suitcases, backpacks, etc.) that you have on hand if you run out of moving boxes.

If you're packing a really heavy box (such as dishware), tape the bottom of the box twice so it doesn't pop open under the weight of the items inside.

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Label your boxes really clearly -- not just by room, but also by contents. This will help you prioritize which boxes to open first and also help you find specific items that you're looking for.

While packing, create a "first few days" box containing items you know that you'll need those first few days at your new place. I put my toiletries, bath towels, toilet paper, etc. all in one box so we would be able to shower and get ready each day before we had a chance to unpack everything. This helped so much! 

Pack necklaces between "Press and Seal" Saran wrap to keep them from getting tangled.

Move fragile items (lamps, home decor, etc.) in your own car -- things get so jostled around in moving trucks! 

Pad items in the moving truck with furniture pads -- even things like white towels or folded up blankets work, too! 

Don't take your clothes off of hangers -- instead, place them on a bedsheet and wrap the bedsheet around them. This makes setting up your new closet SO much faster since you don't need to re-hang every item of clothing.

Only pack items that belong together in the same box -- otherwise you will be running around putting things back in rooms where they belong.

Hire movers if you can -- we moved all of the small items ourselves but hired movers for the furniture.

Utilize new garbage bags for items such as blankets, pillows, comforters, etc.

Do you have any moving tips and tricks?
How long have you lived in your current home?