I’ll imagine you are moving to your dream apartment or a new home. I can only imagine your excitement at this point in your life! Have you started packing yet? We all dread this part of moving. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Inasmuch as you might postpone it, the clock is ticking and you need your items all the same in your new location.
Long Distance Moving Companies often charge by the hour so packing in time will save not only your time but also your money. Packing can sometimes be a tiresome task depending on how you go about it. On this article, we share with you some clever moving hacks to help with the move.
Use garbage bags to pack clothes
This sounds odd but hey, instead of taking clothes from the hangers packing them into suitcases then placing them back on the hangers again to your new closet, it is much easier to throw them in the garbage bag just as they then place them in your new closet. It’ll give you more convenient than the suitcase. This hack will make the task easier.
Utilize your empty suitcases
Now that your clothes are nicely tucked in garbage bags, where does that leave your suitcases? You do not have to bring your empty suitcases to your new residence. Rather than going for moving boxes, put your suitcases to use and save some bucks!
These can hold other knickknacks apart from clothes. If you are an ardent reader and wondering how you will carry all your books, then the suitcase will have you covered. For books, you will probably need a suitcase with wheels. Once nicely packed, you only need to pull the suitcases. This will save you from having back problems that may come as a result of carrying huge boxes full of books.
Color-code your boxes according their to rooms
You may check into your new residence and need a particular item but you just have no idea where to start because you have several boxes in front of you. You can avoid this situation by color-coding the boxes to match the rooms they’re destined for. If labeling boxes is tricky for you, then color-coding will certainly help you a great deal.
This way you will get to look at a box and at one glance get to know where it belongs. When you choose to color-code it is important to come up with a chart or list that states which color is for which room; just in case you forget.
Label boxes with fragile content
It is advisable that you make a quick list of what is contained in every box. However, this can be daunting and thus it is wise to simply label boxes with fragile content first. Whether you are using a moving company or simply doing it yourself, it is important to label such items for safety purposes. This is also to let whoever is handling the box to handle it with extreme care.
Pad your plates
Whether you use the vertical or horizontal method of packing plates, it is important to pad your plates if you want to continue using them after moving. You may opt for Styrofoam plates as they work great and come in the right shape. But if you are conscious about your money, you can use your own stuff for padding.
Wrap clothes such as towels and shirts around fragile items. For your glasses and cups, clean socks will do for excellent padding- plus you also need to move those too, right? You can also use your extra towels to pad plates, vases and other items made of glass. This is way better than using newspaper for padding.
Have small parts kept together
It is very frustrating to lose a very tiny object that needs to go with an object somewhere when moving. Such items should be kept together. For instances, all the bolts of a bed need to be nicely placed in a bag and taped to the frame of the bed. You could also tape the cords of your T.V to the back of the T.V.
You can use zip lock bags for this. They are great for packing and protecting vital papers, cords and screws. They can as well be reused to organize small things even when moving is done. This may seem like a small thing to do but in the end, it is worth the while.
Problem solving kits
After packing and moving, you will require items such as soap and clean towels. Having a few problem solving kits in place will help you have the essentials with until you have everything in order. For instance, a first aid kit needs to be in place that can be easily accessible and have antiseptic towels, absorbent compresses and plastic bandages.
This is because moving is a vigorous exercise and minor accidents could erupt anytime. You could as well consider having a munchies kit with snacks, water and other pantry items for the following morning such coffee and a coffee machine.
Cover all bottles of liquids with plastic wraps
Imagine the agony you would go through when you find detergent all over everything? Well, this can be avoided by simply unscrewing all bottle caps on gels, lotions, sprays and detergent and putting a plastic wrap over the opening before placing them back on.
This will save your other items from getting spoilt and at the same time ensuring your liquids get to your new residence safely. It is also ideal to pack these liquids in a plastic bag rather than in box so that in the event they happen to spill over, they do not reach other items.
As you will be packing a lot of items, you are likely to forget what goes where. Especially with electronic cables. Taking photos is a great way to deal with this issue when you start putting things back in your new home. You could also take photos of the rooms in the house you are moving from. This will help you remember or notice an item you might have forgotten behind.
We hope these moving hacks will help you have it easy while moving. In case you require further assistance during moving, feel free to get in touch with our team.