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
Padded Envelopes ~ great for jewelry, or other small things you don't want getting lost
2 Gallon Zip Lock Bags
Multi colored labels
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!