16 Tricks to Make Your Moving Day as Stress-Free as Possible
Moving is not exactly fun, but we have good news for you. We spoke to several top professional organizers and moving experts who shared strategies for prepping for a move. We hope you’ll never feel stressed-about-moving again!
To avoid spending time and money packing, moving, and unpacking unwanted/unnecessary items or furniture that won’t fit, do a deep (decluttering) dive. “This is a great time to get rid of old bath and beauty products that you’ll never use, old, ripped or stained bedding and towels, and kitchen items that are never touched,” says Melissa Picheny of Declutter + Design, a professional organizing company in New York City. “You can use this as a time to donate your clothes and shoes to your favorite local charity.” Here’s where you can donate just about anything.
Pack for where you’re moving to
Your new place may have different rooms than your current one. For example, you may never have had a mudroom before, which is why you should pack and label according to the rooms you’ll have, says Amelia Meena, owner of Appleshine, a professional organizing company in New York City. “Let’s say your two kids have always shared a room but in the new house they’ll have their own room; label their boxes accordingly.”
Keep fragile items together
Though it might be tempting to tuck fragile items in with soft bedding or towels, professionals urge you to reserve a few boxes for all of your breakables and pack them together instead. “Collect your breakables, statuettes, and heirlooms and mark the box ‘fragile,’” says Meena. “You can even move those yourself instead of having the movers transport them.” Here are the 15 secrets moving companies won’t tell you.
Keep your kitchen pack-up super organized
Depending on how much stuff you have, the kitchen is often the lengthiest room to pack up. Still, your goal is to stay as organized as possible when packing this room. “Place kitchen items into categories,” Picheny suggests. “And mark these boxes more specifically (i.e. dishes, flatware and cups, mixer etc.). This way you’ll be able to find what you need quickly even if you haven’t had a chance to completely unpack yet.”
Stay in the clear
Ditch the brown boxes. Instead, always use clean plastic bins (in addition to clear bags) when you are packing items for your move. “Using any type of storage unit or bin that is see-through will provide an easy way to account for items you are packing, while protecting and preserving personal items, memorabilia, photos, and books,” says Jane Abrahams, a professional organizer and owner of Jane’s Addiction Organization in Port Washington, New York. Here are more tips for making your next move as painless as possible.
Invest in labeling tape
Using color-coded moving tape with the name of each room on it will save you lots of time, says Picheny. “It means you won’t have to spend time writing labels on your boxes,” she says. “And you can see it a lot easier than the writing if your box is buried under others.”
Create your own micro-moving system
When packing boxes, label each room-by-room and category-by-category, Picheny suggests. For example: MB (master bedroom)-bedding; MB-his clothes, MB-her shoes, etc. “Then use the labeled packing tape to wrap it up,” she says. “Keep repeating until you’ve packed everything up.”
Number your boxes
Not only should you number your boxes, but you should create a master inventory sheet that corresponds with the number. Put a short description of items that are in each box, so if you really need something you’ll know which box to look in, suggests says Jennifer O. Laurence, president and founder of Luxury Lifestyle Logistics.
Let hangables hang
Wardrobe boxes are there for a reason. “Clothes can easily be moved from your closet into wardrobe boxes which comes with rods for hanging thing up,” suggests Aly Finkelstein, a contributor at Houzz, a home design website. “You just put the clothes in, seal up the box, move, and then unpack and hang the clothes in your new closet after the move.”
Be smart with your art
The best way to pack wall art is by using towels and flat pieces of cardboard, says Finkelstein. “Wrap each photograph or piece of art in towels and tape the towel around the piece so that the towel stays in place,” she says. “Then you can place wrapped items in a box and put a piece of flat cardboard between them for added protection. Tip: Cut-up wardrobe boxes are a great source for large, flat pieces of cardboard.”