The best way to pack for moving is to start earlier, rather than later. So before we get to packing tips and tricks, here are some moving hacks that will help you start off on the right foot. There are a lot of things you can do before you even pack up that first box to help facilitate an easier move. The moving hacks below will help you start off on the right foot.
Call the utility companies as soon as you know you’re moving. You’ll not only get it out of the way early on, but you’ll also ensure you don’t forget to do it later.
Set your budget. Moving can get expensive, and you don’t want to end up with major sticker shock on top of everything else. Write down a list of what you will need and how much it will all cost, then follow this plan to stay on budget or below.
Plan out your packing supplies. This way, you can be sure to get what you need on the first run to the store.
Eat up. Make it a goal to eat as much of the food you already have in your house as you can before moving day arrives. Turn it into a game and get creative with recipes to see how much you can use up.
We can’t overstate just how much easier your move will be if you organize your belongings and toss, recycle, or donate what you don’t need instead of lugging it with you to your new home. It’s an undertaking, but these tips can help you do it.
Do a closet purge. If it doesn’t fit, is out of style, and/or you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.
Make donation pick-up arrangements. If you know you’ll be donating big items like furniture and rugs, schedule a pick-up ahead of time so you can be sure you have an organization that can come get them.
Consider short-term storage. If there are some items that you just can’t commit to getting rid of yet but you’re not sure you need, you may want to put them in a short-term storage unit and then evaluate later on.
Moving day itself is super tiring—and it be super stressful, too. These moving hacks will help you get through it.
Pack a cooler. Stock a cooler with easy-to-grab items that can keep your strength up throughout the day, like water bottles and quick snacks. Move it with you in the car instead of the moving truck so you can access it whenever you need to.
Have a plan for little kids and pets. If your kids are too young to help on moving day, your best bet is to have them hang out with friends or family to relieve a bit of your stress and keep them safe. The same goes for pets. If you can, arrange alternate plans for your little ones and your furry ones—you’ll all be happier.
Be packed up the day before moving day. Last-minute packing can slow down your entire day. Make it a goal to be completely packed before your movers arrive or it’s time to pick up the rental truck. That way, you can focus right away on accomplishing the task at hand.