While packing out our house and preparing for another move, it occurred to me that there are several tips that we have acquired through the years. While the best way to move is to hire someone, hiring a person comes with a costs and you loose some ability in what stays and what goes.
We hired a company to move us once and they ended up packing EVERYTHING up in boxes. This is great for a no hassle quick move. But it also means that EVERYTHING comes with you… all the way down to the clutter that could have been trashed.
Since then, we have pretty much been DIY in the moving department. It allows us the opportunity to declutter in the process. But, we will talk about how to do that another day.
So, my top moving tips…
- Do it one room at a time. We have found that tackling one room at a time is effective and works. We spend the extra time to work through the clutter that has accumulated over the years and pack things that we actually want to take with us.
- Use styrofoam plates as cushions. When ever we move, a trip to the dollar store is a must. We purchase several styrofoam plates, bowls and cleaning supplies for use during our move. The plates come in handy for a cushion between the ceramic or glassware. We layer our plates and alternate glassware with styrofoam to ensure that nothing rubs or gets broke.
- Leave the spare bedding and towels out. Our first move we threw all our bedding and towels in one box and called it good. But, then we were stuck buying a whole bunch of bubble wrap for our fragile items. Not anymore… Now we keep the towels and bedding out and utilize it in boxes as we would bubble wrap.
- Leave some kids toys for last. With our four children, there is no shortage of toys in our house. And, when they get packed up, you would think that the end of the world is coming. To help ease the stress of moving with our littles, we keep some of the more popular out for last. Bikes and scooters are a must for last minute packing. The kids can play with them almost all day and it provides them with an outdoor activity.
- Save a box for last. It never fails that when we think we got all the rooms packed, we can walk around and find a few odd ball things lying around. Usually one of two things happen. Either one we decide ‘too bad so sad’ and chunk it in the trash. Or two, we decide we need to take it with us. Then it goes into our ‘catch-all’ box.
No matter what place or reason you are moving, remember that it will only be as pleasant of an experience as you make it. Also remember that it is a stressful time for you. If you have littles, it is even more stressful for them. So, when packing all those boxes… don’t forget to pack your patience.