Gearing up for a big move but not looking forward to the blood, sweat, and tears typical of the process? We've got the moving hacks you've been waiting for.
The ideas in this post will make moving easier than ever. They're the tricks you wish you knew earlier. Well, at least you'll know them now!
Must-Know Moving Hacks (You'll Actually Use)
There are plenty of moving checklists helping things go easy. These are fine until it comes time to pack and do the heavy lifting. Those tips go right out the door once frustration kicks in (because you know it will).
Want to know how to make moving easier? Try these:
Offload (What You Can)
Moving is the perfect time to offload unwanted and unneeded items. This makes less work and creates a nice write-off during tax time.
Try organizing with three boxes:
Furthermore, set aside "maybe" items you'll reconsider the following day. Donate or discard the "maybe" items if you don't see their value.
Bonus tip: Use this offloading to get others to help by giving items if they agree to help with packing and loading.
The Tape + Trash Bag Hack
Separating clothes for boxes and hassling with clothes hangers is a chore. The "tape + trash bag" hack simplifies packing clothes and takes about 30 seconds.
- Scrunch hung clothes together in batches
- Wrap tape around the neck of 15-20 items
- Pull a trash bag up and around the clothes
Now your stuff is packed and ready to go!
Get Crazy with the Labels
Labeling boxes will help keep items organized during packing and unpacking. But, many stick to sharpie-ing rooms on the side and leaving it there.
There's a better way to label boxes:
- Color-coordinated per room/person
- Icons to denote item types
- Creative tape/stickers for location
These let you quickly scan boxes and know where they'll go. And, how you'll stack them during the transit. This tip comes recommended by the www.corriganmoving.com team as it makes their job easier and safer.
Take Advantage of the Dollar Store
Your local dollar store has many items that'll help with the move -- including:
- Small totes for storage
- Packing tape and labels
- Bubble wrap for delicate items
This includes cheap cleaners to do the last sweep if you're opting out of cleaning services. Or, if you don't want to risk causing toxic fumes from the enclosed box/truck space.
Handy-Dandy Moving Accessories
Three items will make your moving easier than ever:
- Furniture sliders
- Two-person lifts
- Zip ties
You can create make-shift sliders using old washcloths or blankets. This lets you glide heavy items across slick surfaces or down a flight of stairs.
Create the lift by tying the heavy-duty rope into a loop. This goes under objects and around the shoulders letting people lift items with ease.
Zip ties will bundle cords preventing snags and potential dangers. And, double as general tie-downs to stop loose items from bouncing around.
The Best Moving Hack. What's Yours?
Cut handles into boxes! This turns boxes into easily handled containers making boxes easier to lift. And, helps prevent hurting your back.
It's amazing how simple, yet effective, these hacks are. Keep them in mind the next time you're set for a move.
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