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10 Packing tips you can’t miss. We have moved 6 times cross country in the last 12 years and that does not count in-state moves. Being a prior military family we moved ALOT. Recently my family and I moved from Rhode Island to Texas…with 4 kids in tow. It wasn’t without many headaches and trial and error. Don’t make the same mistakes as we did. Check out my top 10 packing tips for a big move.
1. Load big furniture first.
We loaded big bulky furniture first and tried to utilize all the empty space. Those tiny nooks and crannies make perfect space for all your little odds and ends. Also, invest in frog tape it will be your best friend.
2. Use plastic containers and not cardboard.
Now hear me out for a minute. I know that these
3. Label everything.
I can’t stress this enough. Label everything when packing even if you don’t think you need a label on it. At one point I was labeling my kids. HA! To save some money you can use your basic masking tape and sharpies or buy a fancy label maker like this.
4. Purge as you go.
Out with the old in with the new. The last thing you want to do is pack a bunch of things to move to
5. Keep important documents with you.
Let those be the first items you pack and keep them with you at all times. It is so easy to misplace important items when you are packing. We used a small safe like this and kept our social security cards, birth certificates
6. Hire Movers.
Since we were doing a DIY move we were trying to save as much money as we could. Knowing that we were moving lots of big heavy furniture we chose to pack everything ourselves but hire 3 guys to come and load it onto the truck for us. It helped us tremendously. These guys move for a living so they are basically professional tetris players and can stack boxes and make it all fit. Space becomes a premium when you have a moving truck.
7. Tape screws and bolts to furniture.
It is so easy to loose all those small nuts and bolts. Do yourself a favor and put them in a ziploc bag, label the bag and tape them to the inside of the drawer, back of the mirror or onto the piece of furniture it came from. When it is time to put your furniture back together you won’t waste time searching for pieces.
8. Pack your dressers full.
We had a professional mover tell us to load our dressers onto our moving truck full. It keeps it from tipping and saves on precious space.
9. Pack your house from the top down.
When it comes to the dreaded packing task, my biggest suggestion is to pack from the top down. So start with the walls and move your way down. Take all photos off the walls, take books and items off bookcases. Once you have those items packed it makes the whole process seem less daunting. Believe me, 6+ moves under my belt!!
10. Take a deep breath!
This too shall pass. Before you know it you will be at your new home building memories with your family. Moving is so hard, it is probably one of the top 3 stressors on a family. Hopefully these packing tips will help make your next move a little bit easier. What packing tips do you have to share? Post them below.