Helpful tips for your move

On moving day and in the first few weeks in your new home, you will appreciate the time and effort put into an organized move. The degree of organization can be as detailed or general as appropriate for your circumstances. At any level, the plan is to label, number and record the contents of each box. In something like a zippered pouch include pens, sharpies, and a notebook to inventory the content of the boxes. For multiple people packing you may want to do a separate pouch per room.  Colored tape can be useful to label the boxes for room identification. A red sharpie may be good to mark boxes that contain fragile items.

Supplies

The majority of your boxes should be medium sized with handles or a box cutter can be used to make a handle with a downward V cut. Keep in mind that the heavier the content, the smaller the box. Get some heavy-duty boxes for packing the kitchenware. Wine boxes can be used to individually pack kitchen glassware. You may find packing boxes at a recycling drop off.  And make use of your suitcases and things like laundry baskets.

First on the packing supplies list is clear packing tape and tape guns. You could use any combination of packing paper, bubble wrap, and foam envelopes for breakables. To reduce the amount of packing material to purchase, you can use your linens and clothing.  If using movers they may provide storage pads for furniture and floor runners to protect the floors of your old and new home during the move.  Buy extra trash bags for placing around hanging clothes for a convenient way to keep them clean and move them while still on the hangers. Space bags can reduce space when used for larger items like coats, pillows and comforters. Small and large zip locks can be labeled to keep any small pieces together and taped to larger items. Masking tape can be used without damage to most any item if removed promptly. Purchase plastic wrap and press and seal wrap to secure items such as kitchen utensils, clothes in dresser drawers, and jewelry to be left as they are.

Cleaning

Before: If possible have the kitchen and bathrooms of your new home cleaned before the move.  The last few weeks before your move, plan your meals to use up perishables and food in pantry. Donate any nonperishables you do not want to pack. Schedule a donation pick up for any furniture, clothes, etc. and remember to keep a donation receipt for taxes.

After: To remove indentations left by furniture in carpet, try placing ice cubes on the indentation and after melted, lift pile with a spoon.  Stains in carpet may be removed with a 1 to 2 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water with some lemon added. Taking a picture of the back of electronics can make setting them back up easier and if you save ahead, paper towel tubes can be used to store and label cables.

Loading

Arrange boxes for loading so that those you need first can be loaded last. Set aside a few unpack first boxes for bedding, change of clothes, toiletries. Maybe use those suitcases. Also, kitchen essentials like the coffee pot and coffee.  A snack box with protein bars and water is great for moving day and the day after.

 
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