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The Best Moving Tips That Saved Me a Lot of Stress
As some of you know, Brett, Hazel and I just moved into our new house, and it was a pretty stress-free experience (as far as moving goes) because of some tricks we did along the way. So to help you all (and to remember for myself!), I wanted to put together a list of all the best moving tips that we implemented!
Because we definitely had a “what NOT to do” comparison as we prepared for our move… You see, Brett’s mom moved a few years ago and it took her forever – even though she was just moving down the street! Why did it take her weeks to move? First off, she used some randomly sized boxes that she got in the mail, and they also didn’t close properly. So these boxes couldn’t be stacked.
Then she decided not to hire movers and just took stuff over to her new house in truckloads. What would have taken movers a few hours took her weeks! So, sorry Betsy, but we learned a few things from that experience (love you!) 😉
I’m sharing our favorite tips from this move in hopes that we can save you guys from a headache next time you need to move.
All My Best Moving Tips
1. Buy Real Boxes
There’s a reason why companies make boxes specifically for moving! When you move, whether you use your own truck or a moving truck, you’ll need to stack the boxes to efficiently move more things in fewer trips. We bought actual moving boxes from Home Depot and it made packing (and stacking) super easy.
2. Buy a Tape Gun
Speaking of making packing super easy, that’s precisely what a tape gun does. Game changer!
3. Buy or Rent a Hand Truck
It seems like an unnecessary thing, but wow, having a hand truck to help with moving stacks of boxes or other heavy stuff makes a huge difference. Truck rental places (like U-Haul) usually let you rent one of these, too!
4. Map Things Out with Post-Its
One of the things that’s been hard for us in the past is when you move out of your old kitchen and to a new kitchen, you don’t know where anything is. In your old kitchen you knew where everything was like the back of your hand, but in your new kitchen you’ll find yourself opening every drawer just to find a spatula because the layout is different.
So before we even moved the stuff into the kitchen and unpacked the boxes, we wrote all of our kitchen contents out on Post-It notes (i.e. glassware, pantry items, plates, etc.). Then we moved the Post-Its around like puzzle pieces until the organization made sense to us.THEN we moved all our stuff into the kitchen, and I kid you not, it took us maybe 20 minutes to unpack everything.
I posted a picture on social media a few days ago and I got a lot of questions about the orange squares in my kitchen. We’ve left them up even though the kitchen is unpacked to help us remember where everything is! Now Brett and I aren’t opening every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen every time we need to find something. And trust me, with a baby in the house, finding things easier is always helpful! Probably one of my best moving tips ever! And if you need even further organization help, be sure to read my favorite kitchen organization tips here!
5. Take Notes
I’m a big note-taker. I’ve actually used the same brand of notebook since I was in high school. I know what I like! Anyway, throughout our moving process, from planning to packing and organizing, I was taking notes. There can be a lot of ideas and details floating around your head, and it never hurts to keep track of it all in one place.
6. If You Can Afford it, Hire Movers
We did not want to use the truckload-by-truckload method. Not with a new baby to take care of! We were really happy we decided to hire movers because they had the right materials to make our move seamless and easy.
7. Label, label, label
Outside of the Post-It thing, label all your boxes! Try to identify where things are going once they get to your new destination so there isn’t a big box pile-up somewhere inconvenient.
8. Use Your Baskets as Moving Helpers
Sure, even if you hire movers, you can take stuff in your car (this only applies if you’re moving locally, like I did). This car load is best served for plants and other awkward or delicate stuff you don’t want to be moved by movers. Take that laundry basket and load it up with your precious plants! Take your decorative baskets and fill them with well-wrapped mementoes. We all have that one weird decorative thing that can only be transported safely by wrapping it in beach towels, putting it in a basket, and driving it somewhere carefully. Trust me!
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So tell me what are YOUR best moving tips?! Any secrets that I should keep in mind for the next move?