Moving TipsPosted by Korman Res | Moving Tips
Very few people spend their whole lives living in one place, and at some point most of us face the daunting task of packing up our belongings and moving to a new home. Whether you’ve done it once or many times before, you know that moving requires careful preparation and organization in order for it to go smoothly. The following are some tips we’ve learned over the years that can help make the moving process a little less overwhelming.
1. STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES. It’s never too early to start packing, so make sure to collect the following packing supplies well ahead of time: sturdy boxes (large, medium & small), clear packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper or packing paper, scissors, sharpie pens, and adhesive labels. Boxes and packing paper can be expensive, so it helps to stockpile old newspapers or collect empty boxes from work, the liquor store, or anywhere you can think of where you might be able to get boxes for free.
2. PURGE. Be honest with yourself - if you don’t use it, get rid of it. Donate underutilized clothing, furniture or housewares to charity, have a garage sale, or throw it out. If you don’t use it in your current home, you won’t use it in the next one, so why waste valuable packing material or space in the moving van?
3. TAKE A PICTURE. Before you start packing or dismantling, photograph anything that you want to replicate in your new home. For example: knickknack collections in a curio cabinet or the placement of wires and cables behind your TV/stereo system.
4. LABEL IT. When it’s time to start packing, label every box with the corresponding room, the contents, and the number in the group of boxes for that room. For example: “KITCHEN – POTS & PANS – 1 OF 8”. This labeling method makes unpacking easier and will alert you to a missing box more quickly.
5. PACK YOUR BAGS. Prior to moving day, pack a suitcase as if you are going on vacation for a few days. Include several changes of clothes, travel-sized toiletries, medications, and any other necessities you’d bring on a trip. You’ll have everything you need in your suitcase for the first few days so you won’t have to frantically look through boxes for a pair of shoes or a tube of toothpaste!
6. PACK A “NECESSITIES” BOX. In addition to your “survival suitcase”, there are some household necessities that should be packed together in a box and clearly labeled. This box should be opened first and include items such as: paper towels, dish soap & sponge, a first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, paper plates, plastic utensils/cups, toilet paper, a few bath towels, a pen & notepad, and anything else you’ll need to have on-hand.
7. BAG IT. Pack clothing, towels and bedding in heavy-duty leaf & lawn bags. You can fit far more of these items in bags than in boxes. Just make sure you clearly label the bags so that nobody throws them away! Another way to pack towels and bedding is to wrap them around fragile items instead of using bubble wrap. It will save you money!
8. Don’t forget…LIFT FROM YOUR KNEES!