- 1Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.
Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.
- 2Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
- 3Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.
- 4For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
- 5In addition to labeling what's in your boxes, add what room they'll be going into, as well.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
- 6If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
- 7Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
This is a great tip for traveling in general.
- 8Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.
This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
- 9Pack plates vertically, like records. They'll be less likely to break.
- 10Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press'n Seal.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents. It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
- 11Press'n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.
- 12Buy a roll of stretch wrap.
It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
- 13Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. ALSO: Use this method with the cords for your electronics.
- 14Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
So be sure to hit up your local liquor store.
- 15Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.