With May being the official kick-off to the moving season, it's time to offer up some more moving tips. Here we've compiled a list of tips and tricks you may not have heard before. These come from our USCC customers and professional movers who purchase our moving supplies. For even more moving tips on how to get organized for the big day, see this post: 20 Tips for Stress-Free Moving from Claire at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.
- Don’t pack away suitcases- use them to keep essentials for the first few days until things get unpacked: change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. Also fill a suitcase with paper supplies: garbage bags, paper plates, paper cups, toilet paper, and paper towels. Other essentials: flashlight, night lights, shower curtain, towels, scissors, old sheets to use as curtains.
- Labeling moving boxes is a given, but be sure and label the sides of the boxes too, so you’ll be able to read it once it’s stacked.
- Create a spreadsheet with the contents of what’s in each box. Labels boxes with a number/letter combination, such as 1-MBR for “Box 1, Master Bedroom”
- Don’t waste box space packing items from dresser drawers. Instead, just remove the drawer and stretch tape across the top, or wrap it in stretch wrap to keep items inside. If you do use tape, use masking tape- it’s easier on furniture finishes.
- Remove cords from electronics, label them, and box them together so you’ll have one box devoted to those items which will make it easier to find when unpacking.
- Take pictures before you pack- snap a photo of the back of your computer so you’ll know what cords go into which outlets. Take pictures of how you have items arranged on bookcases or on the wall so you know how to place them in your new home.
- When taping up boxes, place a string under the tape, leaving an inch or two hanging out. When it’s time to unpack, just pull the string to rip the tape off. With this method, you won’t have to use box cutters or scissors to get through the tape.
- If you’ll be moving with pets, be sure to add an identification tag with your new name and address to their collar in case they get lost in your new neighborhood.