Organization Moving Tips
To start our top moving tips and tricks, we strongly recommend organizing your stuff before starting any of the other tedious tasks.
If you have lived in the same house for a considerable length of time, you have likely acquired a garage of stuff that could be mistaken for a thrift store.
If you are not organized, it will be a challenge to enjoy a stress-free moving experience.
Before anything else, it is best to declutter your clutter.
1. Declutter your clutter
Clutter will undoubtedly make you stressed during the moving process, which is why it is essential to get rid as soon as possible. To declutter, gather any unwanted items, box them up and separate them from things that have made the cut.
When you have finished the decluttering process, you will have categories of what you can sell, donate to charity, or take to the skip. These categories can earn you some extra cash, free some room, and give to those less fortunate to you.
Decluttering is one of the easiest moving tips and a task you will be glad to have undertaken.
2. Schedule a donation pick-up for free
After you have distinguished the misfits, you can schedule a donation pick-up to clear any unwanted items from the vicinity.
A way of doing this is to schedule a free donation pick-up with a local charity such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Having a donation pick-up is a useful way of saving money and prevents you from extra running around to various locations. As well as this, you will free up space in your mind to focus on the more essential elements of your move.
3. Find free moving boxes
When moving house, you will need boxes as storage to keep your household items organized. Although you can pay out for reliable cardboard boxes, you are best finding free moving boxes.
A way you can acquire free moving boxes is checking out your local recycling drop-off points, which is the easiest way to do so. Alternatively, you can ask around in your local supermarket if they have any boxes in the back. I am sure there are good people in the world who will help.
Other places to find potential free cardboard boxes include Craiglist, Freecycle, book stores, liquor stores, and even offices.
There are many ways to find cardboard and is one of the most useful ways to store a range of goods.
4. Reuse original boxes
When you think of moving boxes, you might forget any original boxes for previously bought electronics and appliances.
Empty boxes and packaging are most likely collecting dust in your attic or your garage, and if so, you can use these to re-pack electronics and appliances into their original boxes.
If you happen to have the original boxes, items such as irons, kettles or the food processor your parents bought you for Christmas, will fit perfectly in the box, all while saving you from having to spend money on extra boxes.
5. Research the best moving companies
You are best exploring a range of moving companies to see what is the best and most reliable service. It isn’t recommended to hire the first company you interview. Instead, we suggest obtaining quotes from different companies to compare prices and services.
Check your budget and the reputation of the moving company to ensure you can depend on them to move your assets from one location to another.
The best moving companies are licensed and insured, which are crucial factors to consider before investing in a moving service.
It can be stressful, but the research you complete will determine whether you have a successful move or if unlicensed criminals on Craigslist acquire a multitude of valuables.
Moving companies and services are recommended primarily for long-distance moves.
6. Confirm a parking spot for the moving truck
It might not be the essential aspect of the moving process, but it is necessary to make sure there is a reserved spot for the movers.
Without a reserved spot, you could disrupt your neighborhood or even acquire a parking ticket, both of which will be an inconvenience during a hectic time.
It will also cost you more money if the movers spend double the amount of time they are paid service to find a place to start moving. Additionally, it will delay the time for you to settle in your new home.
That’s why you should take the time to plan to prevent this from happening.
It's Better to be Safe Than Sorry
There’s a lot to remember when taking on the ultimate task of moving house, and amidst the chaos, you can often lose or damage valuables without realizing.
That said, there are ways to protect your valuables and possessions from breaking or making mysterious disappearances – especially on long-distance moves.
If you search the world wide web, you will come across many moving day horror stories, and the last thing you want is to star in an unwanted thriller.
Whether it be labeling boxes correctly, preparing evidence for the condition of valuables, or using a range of packing materials to protect items from damage, you can follow these useful tips to prevent hardship.
7. Take photos of your belongings before packing them
You probably never thought that photographic evidence of your goods before sending them off with hired movers is essential, but you will be glad you did to be on the safe side.
You must capture evidence of the “before” condition of your belongings before being sent in a van. This tip is more applicable to fragile and valuable items to prepare you to make a claim and receive compensation for any broken or damaged goods as a result of the hiring movers.
8. Protect your possessions
When maneuvering around with a range of furniture and household items, you can find ways to prevent any accidents from happening, which will protect your possessions.
Although it may be obvious, it is worth pointing out that furniture blankets, pads, or bubble wrap are useful ways to protect your possessions when moving house.
Double-check the protective covering is tightly secured to any furniture with sturdy tape, so it doesn’t loosen while carrying it.
Another useful way to protect your possessions is by creating a barrier between heavy furniture and the wall using a blanket or bubble wrap. This barrier will prevent damage to surrounding furniture or even walls and doors.
Tackling Large Scale Items
We have recognized the struggle moving house can be, and it can be even tougher when tackling the larger items.
Although you can choose from a range of large-scale moving companies or even find a man with a van, that in itself can be a challenge. The market is crowded, and therefore you need to find a quote from the company to make sure it is licensed and able to fulfill your moving needs.
However, if you want more control on moving day, here are some useful DIY moving tips to better your productivity.
9. Form a plan before carrying any large household items
When it comes to moving larger scale items, you will want to do it with ease. However, you will need to form a plan of action before you start moving them from one location to another.
Take time to explore the process through before taking action.
Before you fit the refrigerator through the door, you should measure it to find out if it is a job you can tackle alone or if you need to hire movers for assistance.
However, there are other options, and you don’t have you break the bank in already expensive circumstances. Help can come from friends or family, or even a tool.
Remember, if you have any doubt about your lifting capabilities, don’t push yourself as you could be causing a bad back, broken bone, or serious damage to the object or other items in your surroundings.
10. Make bulkier items less awkward
There are strategies to bring ease to moving bulkier items; one of these strategies is to disassemble all attached parts to a range of furniture items.
You are bound to have a load of furniture pieces with detachable parts, and to move most of it; you will need to separate them to make for a smooth moving process.
It would be ridiculous to move a desk with its drawers still attached and the contents still inside. Instead, you should empty the drawers and remove shelves, etc. If the drawers and shelves can’t be removed, you can tape them shut to avoid any burdening occurrences.
You will want to perform the same with lounge furniture, removing legs, protruding handles pulls, cushions, and knobs is a necessary move to make it easier for whoever is undertaking the job.
11. Acquire essential tools to make the move ease
Although you might be on a budget during this expensive transition, if you can stretch your wallet there is a range of moving tools that can be worth investing in to elevate the overall moving process.
If you’re a DIY enthusiast who likes to tackle jobs without the help of others, you should familiarize yourself with the effective tools available to help move heavy furniture and boxes.
Some of the essential tools include:
- Utility or furniture dolly
- Lifting straps
- Stair rollers
Moving Tips of How to Pack Furniture
Moving can be exciting, so these moving tips and checklists are here to make it as exciting as possible without any worries.
The thought of wrapping, packing and moving furniture when you move house can be fearful, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you find the right moving service and acquire the necessary wrapping materials and tools to protect your furniture from damage then you can find the process to be a breeze.
Let’s check out the following tips on how to pack furniture to ready you for the big move.
12. Disassembling Large Items
After making a well thought out plan and gathering your supplies, you can begin to disassemble the appropriate items. This part will require precision and patience to effectively disassemble the furniture pieces.
Remove the cushions and take apart the sofa by uncovering the frame; this can be done using a Flathead screwdriver and pliers to remove any stapled parts that secure the sofa. The sofa is usually a more straightforward item to disassemble, and often an instruction tag is attached under the sofa.
Again, we recommend taking photos for this stage. If you are foreign to the mechanics of your furniture pieces, it can be hard to follow. That’s why if you take pictures along the way, you will remember how to reassemble them.
13. Wrapping Your Furniture
If you want to prevent damage to your furniture, then it is best to invest in multiple blankets or furniture pads to keep them safe. You can use old sheets that you already have, or there are services you can buy or rent from to help with the wrapping element.
You will need to know the best way to wrap and back your mattresses. Before moving house, we would suggest wrapping the mattress in plastic and then secure it into place with tape to form a tight seal.
A packing tip is to use a light, breathable plastic instead of a thick cover, which is more likely to trap in the moisture.
When wrapping tables and chairs, a useful packing tip is to, if you can, remove the legs before packing. The removal of the legs makes it much more comfortable, and most of the time, it is pointless wrapping awkwardly-shaped pieces.
Area rugs, of course, can be rolled up to make it easier to pack, but we would suggest using furniture pads for carpets too. Whatever the material of your area rug, it is likely to be a material accessible to damage, therefore it is worth wrapping it up.
14. Dealing with Small or Fragile Items
Let’s not forget that smaller items can be extremely prone to breakage if not stored and packed correctly.
Items such as TVs or mirrors can be wrapped using both tape and sheets of cardboard to prevent them from smashing. It is best to cut small pieces of cardboard to place over the edges of each corner too. Invest in plenty of tapes so you can guarantee your items will enter your new home in one piece.
Mini-fridges, although bulky in weight, are popular household items and should also be wrapped in a similar protective material to prevent any damage.
Other useful materials include cloth, plastic wrap, newspaper, bubble wrap, and tape.
Secure and Conceal any Dangerous Items
Each household is bound to feature the odd item that can be dangerous to encounter, and that’s why it is essential to pack them to prevent any potential hazards on moving day appropriately.
15. Invest in a gun safe, if you haven’t already
There has been a rise in gun ownership across America, and there is a chance, you reading this, own a gun. If that’s the case, then you will need to find a solution to store it safely for a safe and stress-free moving experience.
A solution for you is a gun safe if you haven’t already got one. Gun safes are not a cheap purchase, but not only will it keep you and your loved ones safe on a daily basis, but it will also make for a smooth move.
The gun safe provides adequate protection and will prevent any issues occurring with people helping you move, whether that be family members or friends; or hired movers. So, it would help if you considered securing and concealing your firearms in these circumstances.
16. Store your garage tools and work gear appropriately
Although the primary purpose of a garage is to shelter a moving vehicle, your garage is undoubtedly filled with all kinds of items and tools which are not suitable inside of your home.
One of the best household moving tips is sorting out your garage, so you are ready to move without sporadically placing dangerous tools in random boxes and bags.
Organizing your garage is one of the more essential parts of the moving process, but here you can follow these quick steps to prevent any accidents.
- Divide up the entire garage space and logically form categories such as hand tools, garden tools, chemicals, miscellaneous, etc.
- Designate one corner of what is coming with and another corner for items that can be taken to the landfill.
- After this, you should invest in strong cardboard boxes, packing paper or newsprint, packing tape, sheets of bubble wrap, zip ties and resealable plastic bags.
All of these packing supplies store your tools in an organized way and prepare you for a quick unpacking when you move into your new home.
The Not-So-Obvious Moving Tips
Throughout the moving process, you must look after yourself to experience a stress-free significant moment in your life.
In overwhelming situations, it is easy to get lost in the madness and forget there are ways to soar through the challenging times.
For instance, you can make sure you get a good night’s sleep before moving day, take a breather for time to reflect and form a plan, drink plenty of water and take advantage of what the modern world offers us to bring ease to the busyness of life.
17. Keep hydrated throughout
When moving, you will be undertaking a large number of tasks, and this can be challenging, and before you know it, you haven’t had time to breathe or take a sip of water.
It is vital to keep hydrated throughout the moving process because if you fail to do this, you will find your energy is low and therefore, will experience a drop in motivation, which will likely lead to a decline in productivity.
For a productive move, you must be healthy and hydrated. Make sure you and other moving comrades have a bottle on-hand and provide a pack of bottled water for the helping movers. Better results will occur if everyone is energized and performing with efficiency.
To add, access to water is an even more important moving tip if you are moving house in the summer.
18. Confirm you have everything before you move
It might sound obvious to you but think about all of the families in the world who have left a valuable in their garage, attic, or a room because they didn’t complete a final last observation before departing ways with the house keys.
It is easy to leave things behind, but you don’t have to experience any loss. We strongly recommend double-checking all kitchen cabinets, closets, drawers, and various appliances – yes, including the fridge.
19. Take advantage of moving planner apps
We are lucky to live in a world with utility apps to help with our everyday lives.
There is an excellent range of move planner apps available to download, mostly free, which provide customizable moving checklists, useful recommendations, email notifications, and even coupons to help you with expenses.
Downloading these apps is a good way to access last-minute moving tips or advice, and will provide you with the services you may need.
Applications such as Zoopla, Packing Pro, and Pro Moving Planner are some popular options to consider having as a sidekick. Take advantage of these because we all need a helping hand.
Alternatively, there are services out there that assist with moving and tricks from a professional organizer. There is also an array of moving tips books available on the market that can prepare you even more.
Other Stress-Free Moving Tips
Just as you think we have explored the top moving tips, there are two more.
These last two are fundamental for moving day preparation and for the following days.
You don’t just need to think about how to move your possessions into a new house, but you will also need to figure out how you are going to live during the first week. Your belongings will be boxed and stored away, and won’t be easy to access.
That’s why following these next two steps, you can start living in your new home practically and comfortably.
20. Rekey your new house as soon as possible
One of the main tasks you can do as soon as possible is to rekey your new house if the previous owners haven’t done it.
You never know who has access to the house, from handymen and cleaning services to friends and extended family members. We recommend rekeying your new home straight away for the safety of your family, and this will reduce any stress on moving day.
All that is required to get this sorted is call a locksmith, which will be completed in a matter of hours.
21. Create a moving day essentials box
Last but not least, it is recommended to make a moving day essentials box or bag.
A moving day essentials box should have you covered to access the essential items that won’t require rummaging through your jumble sale of possessions.
This box should include the basics, or in other words, anything and everything you might need on moving day (and the following days). These items should be included in the box:
- Important documents
- Baby necessities
- Toilet paper/paper towels
- Trash bags
- Pet food
- Bottled water
- Extra footwear
A moving day essential box serves as one of the more significant moving tips and you will be grateful you have one sorted.
Moving house doesn’t need to be stressful, and following useful moving tips and tricks is an excellent way to help you enjoy a stress-free moving experience.
After checking out our guide of the 21 top moving tips, you can take or leave what you want to bring ease to moving day. However, we believe that all 21 featured in our guide all contribute to stress-free moving experience.
If your moving day is on the horizon, we hope you have newfound confidence to tackle the little, big, and significant tasks required to move house successfully.
If you know any other useful moving tips or have a moving checklist you stand by, then please share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading and best of luck with the move, we hope your new home brings you the utmost happiness.
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