I did it. I survived my move. Here are some simple packing tips I used to make the process a bit easier and cheaper.
1. Label with painter’s tape
Painter’s tape is great to work with since it is easy to remove, won’t leave any damaging residue, and is easy to spot on your containers. I like labeling what the contents are, but you may choose to label what room things should go to so that anyone helping you move knows where to put it when you arrive.
2. Use clothes & linens as padding
Save yourself money on bubble wrap and use fewer boxes by utilizing your clothes, towels, and bedding as protective packing materials for your breakables.
3. Fold boxes closed instead of taping them
I love this method of closing boxes because it’s faster to close and open than taping your boxes shut. Plus, you save money! Win-win. For a demo of this, see the video linked below.
4. Pack jewelry in hard containers
Protect your precious jewels by keeping them in a hard container like a mason jar. Whenever I pack jewelry for travel or moving, I always put it in a rigid container so that it can’t be crushed during transport.
5. Fill up your furniture
If you are pressed for space when moving, pack into your furniture. Anything with drawers or cabinets can be filled up and save you from using a extra boxes.
6. Use (new) trash bags as garment bags
I love this tip because it’s such a time-saver. Imagine not having to pack or unpack any of your hanging clothes. Pretty ideal, right?
Use a large garbage bag as a garment bag by poking a hole in the bottom of the bag and feeding the hangers through it. Then tie the strings underneath your clothes to keep them safe and secure. To transport, simply hang your clothes from the handles in your vehicle or lay them flat on top of other items.
7. Prep a weekend bag
This tip might just be the most important. Even if everything else you pack is just thrown together in random boxes and bags, do yourself a favor and pack a suitcase or backpack with a few days’ worth of essentials.
You never know what kinds of unforeseen forces can delay your unpacking, so having all your hygiene and clothing needs taken care of and right at your fingertips is a great way to keep the stress levels down.
I’m going to be headed right back to work the morning after my move, so I need to be prepared to look put together even though my apartment will probably still be in shambles. Luckily, I’ve got simple packing down pat.
What packing/moving tips do you have?
Click here to view this video on YouTube