Welcome back! In our first blog of this four-part series, Preparing to Move, we settled our various accounts and prepared our home and finances for the impending move. Now that we have everything in check, let's work through the packing process together.
If you're still storing items you haven't used in forever (no, you'll probably never wear those gauchos from 2005 again, you don't have to save them), donate or sell them!
This will ensure that when you need those items, you know exactly where they are and in what shape they’re in.
Where does this box belong in the house? What's in it? Is the box holding fragile items? Answer these key questions as you label each and every box being moved (color-coding is a great technique for this), and keep the labels on the side so it's easy to read.
Clothing and towels are a great way to save a bit of money on bubble wrap and still keep your dishes, vases, etc. cozy and intact!
Odds are pretty high that you won't get to unpacking everything in the first day. That's totally normal, but you'll need some things to wear and get ready with in the meantime.
Take the cap off the bottle, put the plastic wrap on top of the opening, then close the toiletry again. The plastic wrap should lay in between the two and reduce any spillage.
Why pack all of your bags and suitcases in a different box? Why not use them as a storage unit themselves! Save some money and space by using these carriers to store those smaller knickknacks and such.
You'll probably have quite a few items you'll find while cleaning out the nooks and crannies of your house that you have no need for anymore. Let someone else benefit from those forgotten items and donate them to your local charity! I suggest scheduling a pickup two weeks before your move-out date.
Fragile items like your piano, 65" ultra HD TV, and china cabinet heirloom should be moved by professionals who know how to keep those important pieces safe and intact. Do your research and make sure to contact them at least one month in advance – you're probably not the only one moving that weekend! Check out this article from Real Simple for more tips on how to hire a reliable mover.
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Check out this video if you’d like even more fun tricks to keep your move organized.
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