Move on a Budget & Top Tips for Packing

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Move on a Budget & Top Tips for Packing

Buying or selling a home will eventually lead to....packing!  Not something that you want to put off until last minute, packing up an entire home, garage, and yard can be a duanting task!  Best to get a head start on it the day you decide it's time to move!

Dollar Store Items Perfect for Mastering Packing

Bubble wrap

Padded Envelopes ~ great for jewelry, or other small things you don't want getting lost

2 Gallon Zip Lock Bags 

Sharpie Pens

Multi colored labels

Cleaning Supplies

Small bungee cords

Paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware for the first lunch or dinner

Styrofoam plates work great for slipping in between plates instead of newspaper

Laundry Baskets ~ Fill with stuff to donate and then drop the whole thing off!

Gargabe bags ~ place one bag over a bunch of hanging clothes, easy transport and they stay clean and together

Before you even start packing though, you have to decide WHAT to pack, and what will be a waste of a box and space in the truck, and something you'll just end up never using in the new house.


De-cluttering your house

Make three drop zones with bins or bags, and be prepared for these areas to fill up fast!  They are pack and keep, donate or give away, and TRASH!  Feel free to throw out anything and everything you aren't going to need in your new house!  I moved 9 times in college, and had a system that I used every time.   I always started by packing up all the stuff I knew I was taking with me, like my photo frames, personal stuff, and anything else I knew I was packing and could live without for a month or 2 while in the process of moving.   That way I could see what was left, and either throw it out or donate it.

Things to Throw Away

Old magazines or papers 

Expired food and spices from the pantry ~ start fresh!

Un-matched tupperware or other disposable dishware

Stained or damaged clothing


Things to Donate or Sell Online

Any clothing you have not worn in the past year!

All those old shoes nobody wears anymore

Extra dishes, cups, cookware and kitchen appliances you really don't use or need

Old sports equipment that is not being used could be worth some money!


When it comes time to pack, get all your supplies ready and in one area.  This means plenty of boxes, pens, packing tape, wrapping material, and some music wouldn't hurt!  Label everything!  It's easy to forget what you put in a box, so I would even list it on the outside. 

One friend created a whole spiral notebook with each box having a number, and she wrote the contents of each box in the notebook!  Granted, she hadn't moved in 20 years and had accumulated a lot of stuff!

If you still need more packing inspiration, check our pinterst page! 



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Li Read
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Moving is always in our futures...good tips.

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