What are your packing tips ahead of a big move?

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  • Kathi Ames Kathi Ames on Jun 14, 2017
    use plastic bins.Easy to carry,stack,store after
  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 14, 2017
    Start early..have boxes and bubble wrap and newspaper for wrapping breakables. Do not over pack boxes. Get rid of things you no longer use..donate them if possible.
  • Alicia Holt Alicia Holt on Jun 14, 2017
    Prepare well in advance, pack up things you don't need to use, mark your boxes by room and if possible with a list of what is inside. They can then be placed in the correct room at the other end. Make sure any breakable are well packed in newspaper and or bubble wrap.
  • Liz Liz on Jun 14, 2017
    I found the best way to pack is label boxes per room. Makes getting the boxes in the correct room after the move.
  • Dianawalls50 Dianawalls50 on Jun 14, 2017
    Pull drawers out of dressers and chests and leave clothing in, tape paper over the top. Rap dishes in linens so they don't have to be washed later.
    Move kitchen and bathroom items first and if you have someone else to move the rest you can be putting those things away while they're bringing the next load.
  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 14, 2017
    Label everything - not even just by room, but specifics. It's worth the time. I remember going through 8 boxes labeled 'kitchen' to try and find a decently sized spatula
  • Jackie Jackie on Jun 14, 2017
    Start packing the things you don't use early on. Like the wall décor. Get some bubble wrap or a roll of packing paper. Get liquor store boxes for glass items, put in each little square. You don't need the wrap in those. Buying a wardrobe box from a trailer rental place, is the best way too move all the things on hangers. I never use green plastic bags for blankets, cloths etc. Use clear ones, they won't be mistaken for garbage and you can see what's in them. Mark each box as you pack as to what room it goes in and take it to that room when you move in. This is a really good way to avoid that pile in the middle of a room in a new home and you just look at it and are lost as where to start. Mark these boxes with what's in the too, like silverware, plates, things you will need right away. Good luck!
  • Becky Becky on Jun 14, 2017
    First step is to sort and make sure you pack what you want to keep and sell or donate the rest. Then start with things you don't use often. Seasonal items and non-breakable things are a good start. Get clean used boxes or new ones and make sure everything is packed tightly. All glass should be wrapped in paper. Plates should be put in boxes on end - not flat. Use more paper than you think is needed - it cushions the items for vibration during a move. Don't pack anything that could damage other items such as bleach, flammables or cleaning solvents. If they leak, it could be a disaster. Mark each box well so you don't get confused when it gets to your destination.
  • John John on Jun 14, 2017
    Pull out the stuff that you don't want the movers to pack up.
  • Angela Cosner Angela Cosner on Jun 14, 2017
    Collect packing materials early!
    Use plastic totes (will get expensive, but if clear are easily viewable)
    Label all of your boxes!
    Start sorting your stuff early (Keep, sell/donate, toss, maybe keep)
  • Van19103281 Van19103281 on Jun 15, 2017
    I wrapped all of my large pictures in blankets and sheets.
  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Jun 15, 2017
    Different responses if moving yourself than if hiring movers. (Tip - it's often just as cheap to hire movers for local moves as to do it yourself with a rented truck and dolly and moving blankets and tie downs and buying everyone pizza and beer.)

    If self move, pack in what you can lift easily and what makes sense to you.

    If hiring movers, use good cardboard boxes (NOT plastic tubs), good packing tape, and plenty of cushioning. Do not use cartons that office paper comes in or file boxes. They are not sturdy.

    Always take valuables with you rather than putting them on a truck you are not driving.

    GET THE INSURANCE! It's worth it.

    Purge your stuff as much as possible. Moving less stuff=paying less for move.

    Buy more boxes, tape, markers, and WAY more paper than you think you need. You want more smaller boxes and fewer larger boxes. Stuff weighs more than you think. Invest in a good tape gun - it's worth it. Good quality packing tape is worth it, too.

    Label everything on as many sides of the box as possible - list contents on one side, but label the destination room on every side as well as the top.

    Pack a "vital needs first night" kind of box (or pair of boxes, if necessary) and label it really clearly so you can find it. It moves in whatever vehicle you move in. Include toilet paper, paper plates, bowls, and cups and plastic utensils, a mixing bowl, paper towels, cleaning products of some sort (I usually pour some comet in a ziploc bag), a scrubby sponge, a dishcloth, a dish drainer (or pad thing) a dish towel, a small bottle of dish detergent sealed in TWO ziploc bags, a couple bath towels, washcloths, bath soap, shampoo sealed in TWO ziplock bags, sheets, a blanket, a roll of tape, scissors, a box cutter, extension cord, corkscrew, can opener, cooking spoon, spatula (like for flipping eggs), foil, plastic wrap, ziploc type bags, a couple of plastic food storage containers, a frying pan, a small sauce pan, a french press coffee pot, coffee, sugar, powdered creamer, tissues, an umbrella, a battery operated stick on light, batteries, command hooks (with the removable tape), a shower curtain liner, shower curtain hooks, a thing of clothesline from the dollar store, a light weight pair or two of curtains, a hammer, a screwdriver, and whatever else you can't live without for a few days. When you arrive, you will have the necessities even if your stuff arrives a few days later. If you're moving yourself, you know you need only that one box and a suitcase to get through the first night when you will be too exhausted to deal.

    Pack decorative items (pictures, figurines, etc.) first using out of season clothes, extra towels and blankets as padding.

    Pack seasonal and limited use items early (you do not need to make waffles in the month before you move).

    Plan meals to use food on hand as much as possible. Then pack any utensils, pots, pans, etc that you don't need to make those meals. Cut back to only enough dishes for one day and pack the rest. Give yourself permission to use disposables at home.
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