Whether a family is downsizing, switching states, or upgrading, moving is a ton of work. Parents need to worry about movers, packing, and cleaning their old space while also making sure their new space is ready to be moved in. Besides setting up the Internet, cable, and all that boring stuff, packing years' worth of memories is a lot of work. Not only do they need to pack their things in a well and organized matter, but they have to take care of their children's things, too.
It's a lot of work that could move swiftly or slow down the entire process, depending on how well you prepare your home. Thanks to these 10 moving hacks, moving just got became a whole lot easier. There's no need to buy hundreds of boxes, all you'll need some additional colored packing tape, markers, trash bags, and a lot of patience. Good luck with the move!
10 NO NEED TO EMPTY OUT EACH DRAWER
We have dressers for a fabulous reason: they keep our clothes nicely organized and folded in a suitable fashion. While dressers help us see our clothes clearly every day, they can cause a problem when it comes to moving.
Instead of taking all your clothes out of your dressers and into a new box (wasting a box), saran wrap your clothes in each drawer (while placing the drawer back into the dresser) and moving the dresser from there. This will keep your clothes in order and your drawers from falling out of the dresser.
9 HUG YOUR HANGING CLOTHES WITH A TRASHBAG
Again, why take all our clothes out their drawers and off their hangers just to re-fold them in a brand new box, only to put them back in their place once you've successfully moved? It's a hassle and takes up too much time.
Instead, buy a box of trash bags and place a trash bag over a few hangers. You'll need to cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag while tying the other end to keep the clothes from falling through. This will make it very easy to transport and place the clothes inside your new closet.
8 PUT SPICES AND UTENSILS INSIDE KITCHEN APPLIANCES
Thinking about moving all of your kitchen stuff is a headache in itself. Depending on how far you're moving, you'll need to give away food, trash it, or place it all in a cooler.
As far as spices and condiments are concerned, placing them in appliances like a Crockpot or inside the box of an appliance can make it easier when finally unpacking in your new kitchen.
7 DIFFERENT COLORED TAPE = DIFFERENT ROOMS
This is one idea that's super easy to follow, understand, and implement. While writing what's inside every box is very thorough, this can take a lot of time. Instead, why not color coordinate each box with the room it belongs in.
Buy five (ballpark) different colored packing tapes and designate each color with a room. Green = kitchen, red = bedroom, blue = bathroom, etc... This way, instead of movers throwing boxes all over the place, they can simply place each box in the correct room just by looking at the color on the box.
6 STICK EARRINGS IN A PLASTIC PLATE
While owning a jewelry holder or organizer is smart and super handy, they're not always big enough when it comes to moving. Instead of buying even more things from Amazon or a superstore, stick those earrings in a paper/plastic plate!
When it comes to necklaces, wrap them through a toilet paper roll or even straws that you have lying around.
5 SARAN WRAP DVDS INTO PLACE
Similar to saran wrapping your clothes in their own drawer, the same thing can be done to books in a bookshelf or DVDs you have in likeminded cases.
While books may be a tad too heavy to do this kind of hack (no one wants the books falling through the saran wrap), doing this with DVDs or VHS tapes is a wonderful idea. You're just going to need a whole of saran wrap.
4 YOU CAN VACUUM PACK ITEMS IN A TRASH BAG
If you've traveled with those professional vaccum-packed bags before then you're aware how useful they are. You can put a ton of clothes, blankets, pillows, winter wear, etc... in there and still have enough space for so much more! Well, thanks to Instructables, you can do a similar thing with trash bags.
All you'll need are heavy-duty trash bags and a vacuum. Place all your clothes inside and with your hand holding the hole slightly open, vacuum the air out before tying it up. Make sure to tie it tightly, too!
3 PLACE YOUR BOOKS IN A SUITCASE
If saran wrapping your bookcase sounds like a horrible idea, place them inside an old suitcase instead! Since suitcases roll, they can make it a breeze when carrying heavier items.
Plus, if you're saran wrapping your drawers and using trash bags for your clothes in your closet, your suitcases will be free anyways!
2 WHEN PACKING KITCHEN PLATES
We've all seen the horror stories of movers being too rough with a person's things, causing their dishes to shatter but we found an awesome way to make sure that never happens again.
When it comes to dishes, stack them in a box by placing a paper plate in between each "nice" plate. This can help with some of the friction and bouncing, so your plates come out how you packed them.
1 PLACE A BED SHEET OVER TABLES
So many of us have large and bulky family dinner tables. They're typically the viewing point in every dining room or kitchen, which is why so many families purchase such nice ones.
To make sure they don't get dusty or scuffed during the move, place an old bed sheet over the table! The corners of the table will match the corners of the bedsheet perfectly!