Staples packing Tape
As far as domestic chores go, moving is like deep-cleaning the refrigerator, organizing the closets and clearing out the garage in one fell swoop — not a simple task. But that doesn't mean it can't be easier.
We're here to help. We've acquired our moving expertise the hard way – by doing, again and again and again – and have compiled our best tips for making it easier, as well as the tried-and-true methods for how to pack so both you and your belongings will get to your destination in one piece.
Tip #1: Start Early – and make a moving checklist.
We guarantee that moving will take longer than you think it will, no matter how organized you are. Packing is one thing, but there are so many little things to remember and arrange. We've created this handy, printable moving checklist that will help keep things from slipping through the cracks. Use a clipboard to make writing easier, and to keep it from getting thrown away or packed.
Tip #2: First purge, then pack.
For us, the silver lining in the moving funnel cloud is that it's an opportunity to edit. Moving into a new place can really feel like a fresh start when you've shed that pile of tee-shirts from college, not to mention the futon that was actually improved that time the cat peed on it.
Start early so you can go through all your closets, your kitchen and even your furniture, choosing which to offer to friends, which to bring to charity, and which should just go to the curb. Some charitable organizations offer pickup service, so you can have them whisk it all away before you even start to pack for moving.
Tip #3: Make an essentials box.
We promise, this is a life-changing moving tip. While you're grabbing the standard and packing tape, pick up a clear plastic bin or two to contain the things you'll need first thing when you're unpacking. We recommend a clear box for easy identification, and to keep it as a special last-in, first-out package.
What should you include? Need-'em-now essentials like: toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, hand soap or sanitizer, phone chargers, coffee (hello!), disposable cups and plates for the first couple of meals, toothbrushes and other personal-care items, a flashlight, power strips, and a couple standard screwdrivers. If you really want to make Future You happy, include a towel and shampoo so you can have a real shower after a long day of moving, without tearing through a million boxes in search of toiletries. Also: SNACKS, so no one gets hangry (all too common during a move).