Moving can be an absolute pain! I’ve moved at least 7 times in the last 10 years and I only hired movers one of those times. Not only is the act of moving your things from one place to another utterly soul shattering, but packing all your belongings and then unpacking them with an attempt to put them exactly where they were could cause a panic attack.
While I AM not moving ANY TIME SOON, I figured since I am a bit of a pro at this I’d share all the moving hacks I’ve learned along the way and a few I Googled that I wish I had of known when I was moving.
And when I say hacks, I mean more like must do’s. These are things far beyond the normal make a list, get plenty of supplies, and go ham on brown boxes. These are things that you don’t think about because you are too busy making sure you have your list, supplies and brown boxes.
1. Pack an overnight bag with your essentials.
Nothing is more annoying then showing up at your new spot digging in every single box, and bag, trying to find your toothpaste, or worst your pajamas! Pack an overnight bag with everything you will need for the first night and the next few days.
2. Store items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
Ever get to your new spot and couldn’t find the hammer or the tape. Pack all the things you need to unpack and set up your new crib in a clear plastic bin.
3. Use clean socks to protect glasses and stemware.
The first time I broke an expensive wine glass I wept. It was wrapped in loads of newspaper like I was told to do but when it jumped out of my hand it shattered into tiny pieces on my hardwood floor… Recently, I read if you place a sock inside the glass and then wrap a sock around it, it might bounce. Well, I don’t know if it will bounce but you get what I am saying. Also, isn’t this like saving a little space and time since all your socks will be packed with your kitchen glasses.
4. Label your boxes with what’s in them and the room they go in.
First, make sure you get plenty of boxes (Roadway can help with that). And, duh! Label your boxes right. BUT how many times have you labeled it “Kitchen” and you spend hours looking for a spoon to swallow your yogurt with. In addition to the labels, also add a little summary of what’s actually in the box.
5. Pre-Clean the bathroom and the kitchen.
This is kinda self-explanatory but do this the day before so that you can just start unpacking when you get there. Or you can even get there a few hours before your friends or movers arrive. There’s nothing like that second round of Fantastik over what the management company may have missed or lied about.
6. Place a cotton ball or pad in your cosmetic compacts to keep them from breaking.
UMM! I’ve buried so many palettes and foundations in the land of dead cosmetics because they decided to get excited and go rogue while the truck was transporting them. So when I read this, I did several fashionable cartwheels in honor of this magically hack!
When all of your shampoo ends up at the bottom of the box and then escapes to the back of the moving van, you start to reconsider the meaning of your life. Put a piece of plastic under the cap and then secure it…you will thank me later for this one.
8. Take a photo of how your electronic wires look.
I count on my boyfriend for knowing exactly what hole each wire goes in but if you are not boo’d up then this will totes keep you from killing your neighbors when they are blasting Drake and you are still trying to plug in.
9. Number each box.
4 out of the 7 times I’ve moved I’ve left a box (or three) in the van. Gosh, I miss my VCR! So that you never lose another box, number each one and don’t let the driver or your friends leave until you’ll accounted for them all.
10. Bribe your friends with cocktails and be sure everything is packed beforehand.
Listen, I know we all can’t afford a moving company so sometimes we have to enlist the help of our generous friends. Make sure you’ve got the case of beers and sandwiches ready, this will make the experience go by much faster for you and them. Also have a packing party “Sex And The City” style for nostalgia’s sake.
11. Take pics of your old and new home.
Landlords will try you and your deposit! And by “try you” I mean claim something is there and it isn’t, or worst, claim something is missing when it was never there to begin with. Don’t get fooled! Take pictures and make sure they are time stamped.
12. Hire a sitter for the kids or pets.
I love kids and dogs like the rest of you but they will only get in the way. I swear this expense is totes worth it.
13. HIRE MOVERS!
For once in your life be a grown up and hire someone to properly move your beloved things. This way you can just focus on how to pay your rent and keep the lights on.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Roadway but you beauties know that all opinions are my own!