Packing Hacks That Make Moving Less Awful

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty SC44235

No matter how you slice it, moving is exhausting. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking an entire house is the worst.

Yet there are ways you can cut down on all that aggravation, effort, and anxiety. Here's a few pro tips that can help during your next move.

Do a Pre-Pack Photo Shoot

Here's an idea that can save your memory and sanity. Trying to remember where all those cords go and how you had your bookshelf looking so good can get mind-numbing when you mix it in with the rest of the process.

Save yourself some grief by taking pre-packing photos of all those things that were hard to arrange int he first place, so you won't have to figure it out again. With photos in hand, you’ll be able to recreate it all in record time.

Corral Cords With Toilet Paper Rolls

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to find extension cords when you need them during a move. You know you've seen them laying around, but where?

When you pack, wind up each cord in a 6-inch coil, then insert it in a toilet paper roll. You’ll have lots more room in the box, and no tangled mess to unpack later. Just remember to clearly label the box!

Create a "Moving Toolbox"

Keep all your moving tools, such as your Sharpies, packing tape, box cutter and such together in a “moving toolbox” that you can take from room to room as you pack. This will keep you from misplacing small essential items when your house is full of boxes.

Tape Appliance Cords to Their Homes

You could be exploring your new neighborhood, but you're too busy trying to find the right power cord for your appliances.

You can save more time by taping the plug to the appliance it belongs to. Then go get a taco on the corner with your reclaimed time.

Use Your Towels, Blankets as Packing Materials

Another way moving day gets frustratingly extended? Your third trip to the store to buy more bubble wrap.

Kudos on treating your breakables with care, you don’t need the store-bought stuff. Pot holders, oven mitts, and even those old paper and plastic grocery bags you were planning to recycle make great packing materials. Also consider towels, pillows, blankets, the kids’ stuffed animals — whatever’s soft!

Color-Code Boxes

If you’re paying movers, really get your money’s worth by making it easy for them to deposit every box in the right room.

Assign a color to each room, then mark that color on the outside of each box. Before movers arrive, add the correct color label to each room’s door. They’ll love the simplicity, and you’ll love not having to haul everything that was supposed to go in the office out of the playroom.

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Re-Blogged 3 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Karen Feltman 01/12/2019 05:00 AM
  2. Gabe Sanders 01/22/2019 11:00 PM
  3. Roy Kelley 03/24/2019 01:00 AM
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Rainmaker
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Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
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Great tips. I love the colored coded boxes. That's a great idea that I never heard of before.

Jan 09, 2019 06:16 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I'm coming over from a reblog from Gabe Sanders . These are all great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 23, 2019 03:57 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Mike, for these suggestions. 

I read the reblog by Gabe Sanders

Jan 23, 2019 05:33 AM #3
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You should use your blog settings to create an automatic signature for your blog. Readers want to see your contact information.

Jan 23, 2019 05:34 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Great tips...color coding really helps get things organized on "the other end" of moving...so much less frustration !

Jan 23, 2019 05:48 AM #5
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Having moved recently, I can honestly say that these are great tips. I actually used most of them!

Jan 23, 2019 12:44 PM #6
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