Packing Hacks That Make Moving Less Awful

Reblogger Karen Feltman
Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Packing and moving is one of the most dreaded parts of the process. I would add that before you start packing, or even better before you list the house for sale, get rid of the items that you know won’t  be making the move with you. Donate or sell items that are in good condition and declutter. If you have boxes that are still in your basement or closet from your last move that you haven’t opened, open them!  Don’t keep moving boxes that you never unpack. Re-evaluate whether or not you need to keep those items. Happy moving! 

 

Keep smiling!

 

Karen

Original content by Mike Sackman 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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Joyce Marsh
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I don’t think any of us enjoy the packing and moving part of buying a new home.   All of these tips are worth remembering. 

Jan 12, 2019 06:24 AM #1
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William Feela
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Sellers need to really look at what they have to move and thin it out even before packing

Jan 12, 2019 09:26 AM #3
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I like the idea of using the toilet paper rolls to corral the cords. I'm definitely going to be passing that on to my clients.

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