7 Things to Know Before Moving

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Yay! You’ve reached an exciting point in your life;  finally, you found a house you love that you can call your own! Goodbye monthly rent and wacko upstairs neighbors. But here comes the hard part – moving!

Luckily we’ve got several tips and tricks to alleviate your concerns and make the moving process just a little a bit easier

1. Pack it Up!

You don’t have to spend big bucks on buying boxes for all your stuff. You have a few options to lighten the moving price tag:

  • Check your local Craigslist to see if anyone’s giving away boxes for free or for a discounted price.
  • Look on U-Haul‘s site that facilitates customer box exchanges.
  • Call up your local bank or favorite pizza shop and see if they have any up for grabs. Many businesses often have boxes laying around that are looking for a home.

2. Declutter


Let’s face it, over the years you have accumulated a lot of stuff. But do you really want to move ALL of it? It’s time to let go.

When packing, consider this question when you come across iffy items: Have I used it in the past couple months? If you’re struggling to remember the answer, sayonara!

Also, you might find you have multiples of the same item. You don’t REALLY need 5 ceramic elephants, afterall. You can always hold a yard sale for your unneeded goods or donate them to Salvation Army so someone else can enjoy them.

3. Color Code Your Boxes!


Boxes covered in chicken scratch aren’t going to make anyones lives easier! Assign a color to each room. Make a legend that shows movers which boxes should go in which rooms. You’ll stay organized by tagging each box with the color that corresponds to the room its supposed to go in. Voila! Moving, simplified.

If you do decide to label your boxes, make sure to write on the SIDE of the box instead of the top. That way, when you stack ’em up, you’ll still be able to read what’s inside!

4. Use a Numbering System


Now that you’ve categorized your boxes by color, kick it up another notch. Assign a number to each box, and jot down each number with its contents. That way you’ll know if somethings missing  or if something isn’t where it’s supposed to go.

5. Make Use of Suitcases

What’s the point of tons of cardboard boxes when you already own the perfect moving device? Load up your suitcases with heavy items, like books. You can also fill up luggage with all the essentials you’ll be needing for your first night so you don’t have to rummage through a jillion boxes before hitting the hay. Fill it with a change of clothes, blankets, sheets, basic toiletries, maybe even a roll of toilet paper. It’s like you’re going on vacation – forever! Doesn’t that sound nice?

6. Use Press-N-Seal

This pantry item is moving magic. No need to use abrasive tape to close your dressers and drawers shut. Press-N-Seal is the perfect medium to make sure your things stay in their homes without ruining the condition of your furniture. You can also use it to make sure your jewelry doesn’t become a tangled mess!

7. Use your Camera

You know what they say – “Take a picture, it’ll last longer!” If you love the way your bedroom is set up or don’t think you can remember how the cables on your TV are set up – snap a pic!  Your setup can last just as long as you want it to!

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