Moving Tips & Tricks
We take moving seriously so we are providing you with some tips & tricks to make your move easier. Please take advantage of these to reduce your stress and make your move as simple as possible. Enjoy!
Pack an overnight bag
Keep all your essentials in this bag for your last night in your old home and your first night in your new home. This ease of access will keep you from scrambling to find makeup, contact cases, socks, etc during the transition period. Don’t forget your phone charger!
Pack the items you need first in a clear bin
This will help you find them quickly and easily while being easy to identify during the move. We suggest including items like toilet paper, power strips, eating utensils, paper towels, bleach wipes, tools, and any other items you’ll want to access quickly when setting up your new home.
Wrap breakables in clothing
While we always recommend wrapping breakables in bubble wrap, adding an additional layer with clothing can only help! This can include t-shirts for plates and socks for cups and glasses.
Label Box Contents & Locations on the sides
Make sure you help your movers move and you unpack by labeling your boxes with contents and to which room they are belong. Some people like to use color coding, numbering and other systems for a more organized approach. Always label on the side of the boxes so they can be ready while stacked!
Keep Shower Stuff Together
Trust us, after a long day of moving there’s nothing like a hot shower and the last thing you’ll want to do is dig through a bunch of boxes first! Keep your shower curtain, soap, towels, and other shower accessories (including cleaning supplies!) together and set them up first.
Use Sandwich Bags & Press ‘n Seal
Sandwich bags are great for keeping small things organized like screws from furniture, batteries, toy parts, and more. Be sure to label them! Use Press ‘n Seal to wrap over drawers, open top containers, jewelry boards, and more to keep stuff where it should be. Just think of it like mini shrink wrap!
Avoid Electronic Spaghetti
Computers, TVs, and other electronics are infamous for an endless and twisted amount of wires and plugs. Take pictures of your electronics before disassembling them; use zip ties to bundle correct wires together; and label them.
Use laundry baskets and suitcases
There’s no sense in moving empty containers so put them to use by packing your stuff in them first. Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy items, and Press ‘n Seal to secure items in open containers like laundry baskets.
Vacuum seal seasonal clothing
Vacuum seal bags are a great way to save space and store seasonal items long after the move. There are a number available for sale online and at stores like Wal-Mart or you can always pack an airtight garbage bag and use your vacuum to seal it. Just know they will wrinkle clothing so have an iron or steamer handy when you unpack them!
Hire a sitter for children and pets
Moving is often stressful, and taking care of pets and/or children during that can add to that difficulty. Hire a sitter to watch them while you focus on the move. Your children and pets will love the excitement and energy of moving, and having a sitter there will help them be involved at an appropriate level without slowing down the process.
clean up and clean out
Moving is a great time to get rid of old stuff. Instead of moving it, sell it or give it away! Just start at least six weeks ahead of your move to allow time for things to sell and be picked up by charities. You will always end up with more stuff than you expect, get rid of all you can first!
We hope these tips give you a better moving experience. We take pride in providing the best in customer service and will be happy to help you with your move in any way that we can. Be sure to check out the rest of our Resource Center for other tips & tricks like this.
Hardy Auston is the President of H.D. Auston Moving Systems. They are an award winning Greenville, South Carolina Moving Company. Founded in 1945, they are recognized for the highest standards and provide local, long distance and corporate moves, packing and storage.