Moving Tips and Tricks

Moving can be a stressful process for people. We tend to collect a lot of “stuff” over the years, whether it is from impulsively purchasing the latest gadget to inheriting glass animal figurines. Most people use moving as an excuse to finally filter through all of the “stuff” and organize the possessions they plan on keeping, getting rid of, or keeping safe inside a storage unit. There are several basic tips and tricks to make moving a simpler process for all involved. First, make “donation,” “sell,” “throw away,” and “store” piles in each room to organize the belongings. While packing these items, quickly wipe them over with a microfiber cloth so they are in pristine condition once they are unpacked and put away. This will save time and stress later on in the moving process. While some people opt to use the cheapest boxes to move with, it is advised to invest in slightly nicer double-ply boxes to keep belongings safe during the rigorous moving process. When packing these boxes, make sure to layer items heaviest to lightest.

Wrapping items in newsprint packing paper is a smart way of protecting your belongings from breaking or becoming damaged. It is also good to fill empty spaces in the boxes with extra packing material to stop items from shifting during transition. You don’t want boxes tearing and damaging your possessions. Labels are essential for a swift moving experience. Printing brightly colored labels is easier and more efficient than hand writing the contents and name of the room it belongs in.

It is smart to label all six sides so the contents are clear from any angle. If the labels are color coded, you can also place colored markers on the outside of doors so movers, family, and friends can clearly see where each box belongs. Finally, storing excess material in self-storage units is a great alternative to cluttering a new house, attic or basement with boxes. Storage units offer a safe environment for belongings to stay until they are needed again and are not as susceptible to accidents such as a basement flooding or leaks in the attic that could potentially ruin important possessions.

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