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One of the most annoying parts of a move is also one of its most important assignments—packing. Corralling your life into movable parts that can be moved in one piece can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, there are some straightforward tips you can use to make packing a snap. Here are some moving hacks that make packing simple.
Plastic Bags & Wrap
You don’t need to empty out the drawers on that dresser or take those garments off their hangers.
Instead, taped-down the drawers with cling wrap and put plastic bags over balancing garments to make moving and unloading these things a breeze. This way when you reach your new destination— voila— your clothes are already neatly put away (for the most part)!
This tip can also be used on any type of drawers to keep items from spilling during the move.
Protect Breakable Things with Socks and Clothes
Use socks to secure breakable items and shirts and clothes as packing material for other fragile things. They will give better protection over the typical crumbled paper and are a more affordable alternative than bubble wrap.
Also, remember, to pack plates vertically in your packing material. This will make them less likely to break.
Take Pictures of Your Cables
Snap a picture of the back of your TV, showing exactly which links and wires go where. When you get to your new home, replicating the arrangement will be loads quicker and simpler and will save you so much time.
Use Suitcases to Cut Down on Boxes
Suitcases are made to be moved, so there’s no reason not to use them during your move too. There is no rule that says they only can be used for a vacation. They will reduce the time spent collecting and taping moving boxes which let’s face it isn’t fun.
Suitcases with wheels are particularly helpful for packing books and heavy items, taking a much-needed load off your back (which is probably hurting at this point).
Purge While You Pack
Use moving as an event to free your life of unnecessary mess. It’s the perfect time to put aside things you never use and either give them away or hold a yard sale.
Note that some urban areas have various guidelines when it comes to yard sales. If you are moving in Dallas, TX, for instance, contact the City of Dallas or you local HOA for the rules.
Use Plastic Storage Totes
Storage totes are more expensive than cardboard moving boxes, but on the other hand, they’re often bigger, sturdier, and, most importantly, reusable. Google your favorite retailer’s site for “storage totes” and buy away.
These totes are typically made to stack on top each other and can be effectively be secured in a moving truck with a bungee cord. They are especially great for things that will remain packed for a large portion of the year, for example, Christmas lights and other holiday decorations.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.