Is your family planning a big move? Check out our list of moving, packing and organization tips to help simplify your life and make your move smoother.
I lived in the same house until I was 17. Shortly after my parents sold our house and my mom moved us into a condo, I was off to college. I moved back and forth each year during the summer.
After graduating from college, I moved all over San Diego – 7 different areas, actually, if I’m remembering correctly.
Then, when our older daughter turned one, we made a big move to South America. A year later, we were back in the US in a small mountain resort town where we’ve been for over 9 years now. We’re talking about another big move soon too!
I think it’s safe to say that I have moved a lot in my life in the last 20+ years. Over time, I have learned a few things about moving, and how you can make your life so much easier during a move.
Here are 7 of my best moving tips
1. Pack a Bag of Necessities
When you move, pack yourself a bag just like you would if you were checking into a hotel. That way, when you get to your new home, you won’t be rummaging around through boxes trying to find necessities. You can just arrive, relax for a bit and give yourself some breathing space before you dive into unpacking your life.
2. Skip the Bubble Wrap
We try to make environmentally conscious choices in our life. That means trying to avoid single-use plastic as much as possible. While bubble wrap is an awesome tool, it’s also incredibly wasteful. Instead, wrap your fragile items in clothing or towels or place them inside socks for safe transport. That way, you don’t wind up with a huge mountain of plastic garbage when you unpack. Mother Earth will thank you.
3. Label Your Boxes
There is nothing worse than getting to your new home and realizing you have no idea which room each box goes into – or what the contents are. That’s why it’s critical to label what’s in each box. Include both the contents of the box and what room the box should go in. I like to label the box on the top and the side so it’s easier to find the label if your boxes are stacked up.
4. Tie Your Hanging Clothes in Sheets
This is one of the moving tips I learned years ago. I lay a sheet out on my bed. Then I lay my hanging clothes out on the sheet. Then I tie the corners of the sheets together – tie the corners diagonally. You can grab the sheets by the knots and your clothes will arrive to your new home unwrinkled – it’s also super easy to hang them up!
5. Take Pictures of Your Old Home and New Home
This is one of the moving tips I always share with renters. Make sure you take pictures of the house you’re moving out of and pictures of the house you’re moving into. That way you can prove the state of the home you left. And you can also prove the condition of the home you’re moving into. Sadly, this moving tip has come in handy for me on multiple occasions.
6. Hire a Sitter to Help with the Kids
If your move is local, hire a sitter or ask a friend or family member to watch the kids. Things will go a lot faster and smoother if you don’t need to attend to your kids’ needs throughout the day. Moving is never fun for kids either, so everyone will be much happier in the end.
7. Ask Friends to Pitch In or Hire Help
Don’t try to move an entire household on your own. Ask some local friends or family if they can help out for a few hours. Be sure to keep them fed and well hydrated. If you can’t find anyone to assist you, consider hiring help.
Using these seven tips will make moving day go much more smoothly. Of course, there are always hiccups with any move, but I hope yours goes as smoothly as possible.