Moving Tips: Prep and Pack Like a Pro

There are people who love cleaning and there are people who love yard work – admittedly, I am neither. But, I have never heard someone say they love to move. While the process can be daunting, there are a few practices you can implement to make the transition smoother. Taking the initiative from the get-go will make the future you, in your new home, thank the former you who had the foresight to take a more organized approach. Here are a few tips to prep and pack like a pro.

  1. De-clutter and purge before in the 11th hour, it is all too easy to start taking untouched drawers and dumping all the contents into boxes. Out of sight, out of mind – until you make it to your new home, that is. Donate clothes, sell larger/valuable unused items, and commit to not having to sort through things after you move. Moving with less will also make the actual move faster and less expensive.
  2. Have a “move-in” bag- Think of what you will need on moving day – scissors, paper towels, a roll of toilet paper, a list of deliver confirmation numbers… Whatever those items are, start a move in bag and treat it like a hospital labor bag. Leave it out and in plain sight.
  3. Pack by like items, not by room- unless your new home has an identical layout to your current home, chances are likely you will be moving décor around. When it comes to candles, vases, and other decorative items, round up all like items in your home and box those together. No more remembering which room box a certain photo frame may be in!
  4. Use zip-lock baggies for hardware- when you are disassembling furniture, keep all the hardware for each individual piece in separate baggies. Label each (with precise identification) and keep all the baggies in the “move in” bag.
  5. Take pictures and use masking tape labels- If you aren’t a professional, take photos of anything you have had to disassemble including furniture and electronic hookups, and save them in a special folder on your phone. Don’t wad your cords. Roll them, tie them together, and use folded masking tape flag labels with what it is and to what component it belongs.flower and hdmi cords
  6. Rely on paper plates- Don’t wait to pack your kitchen. It is often one of the most time consuming areas to tackle. Convincing yourself you need x number of plates, cups, and a set of measuring cups, is going to create a lot of last minute work. Commit to using paper and plastic and pack everything else.
  7. Create a consistent box labeling system- label each box in the same place, in the same way. Using color coded stickers/tape, will help with easy identification. Make sure to label WHERE they will be going in your new home. If it is one of the “like items” boxes, label it to be put in a central location.packing boxes
  8. Place all of the last items in a central location- Have you ever considered a room “packed” but realize when the movers get there that you have a stray blanket, trash can, or photo? Go through each room thoroughly and bring ANY remaining items to a central location to be packed. Don’t consider an “almost packed” room as totally packed until you do that and close the door.
  9. Clear and clean rooms as you go- The new homeowners may have a cleaning crew come in before the move in, but you still want to leave your home in nice condition. If you wait until you have an empty house to vacuum, make touch-ups, and dust, it can be overwhelming. Try to tidy as you go.
  10. Tape signs to bedroom doors- Make sure obscure rooms are labeled. It will help movers move more quickly and efficiently. Moving boxes that were placed incorrectly up two flights of stairs a week later is not