12 Moving Tips: The Best Moving Hacks
Moving tips and tricks to simplify your experience
You may have seen articles circulating online for “life hacks” designed make every area of your life easier. This basically means taking simple, clever shortcuts on everyday tasks that you might not have otherwise thought about. And while many of these tips are centered on traveling, cooking, or taking care of your skin, there are some that will be helpful during a move. Here are several ways to increase efficiency before, during and after a move without too much effort.
12 moving hacks
1. Keep moving supplies in a basket. Place tape, labels, pen, scissors and other supplies in a small box or bin so you can easily carry everything from room to room.
2. Use stretch wrap to stop spills. Cover pantry items and any liquids (such as cleaning products and bath products) with stretch wrap to keep them sealed. Simply remove the lid, place a layer of stretch wrap over the container, and then replace the lid.
3. Use trash bags to line boxes. Before packing any liquid cleaning supplies or bath products, line the box with a trash bag. This will contain any accidental leaks and prevent damage to other items.
4. Pack a snack bin. While packing up the pantry, put snacks in a separate box or bin and set them aside. Keep them in the car for the trip and to have on hand while packing, loading and unloading.
5. Use all space in kitchen boxes. Pack spices and pantry staples in your slow cooker or pots and pans so you don’t waste any space.
6. Use a rubber band to keep hammers from scratching walls. Before you remove nails from walls, wrap a rubber band in an X on top of the hammer head. Now the walls won’t have scuffs when you pull out nails!
7. Easily fill in nail holes. As you remove nails from white walls, fill in holes with bar soap. Rub the soap over the holes and watch them disappear.
8. Use bags for hardware. As you disassemble furniture, keep hardware for each piece in a zip top bag. Label the bag (just in case) and tape it to the bottom or back of the piece of furniture. Don’t tape the front or any part of the furniture with a finish because the tape can cause damage.
9. Don’t pack your cooler. Since your fridge will be defrosted, use a cooler to keep cool drinks on hand when loading. You can either take the cooler with you or load it last. Then when you arrive, use it to put drinks on ice for unloading.
10. Use multiple box labels. Place moving labels at least two sides and the top of each box, so you can see the label no matter which way the boxes are loaded.
11. Take photos of electronics. Before you undo cords behind TVs or other electronics, take a picture. This way you have a visual guide and can quickly get everything hooked up in your new home. Take each cord and use masking tape to note which cords went with what device.
12. Use a rubber band to keep your door unlocked. Don’t get locked out while loading or unloading — use a rubber band on the door. Wrap it around both knobs, covering the latch, to keep the door unlocked.
5 common moving tips — busted!
While some tips found online are convenient ways to “hack” a move, some aren’t ideal because they go against professional moving advice and may result in damaged items. Here are five things not to do during a move:
1. Pack clothing in trash bags
The reasoning behind this tip makes sense — trash bags are cheap and easy to find. But in this case, cheaper isn’t always better. Bags can easily be snagged, causing damage to clothing. Instead, use wardrobe boxes so you can hang clothes up and keep them protected.
2. Pack dishes using foam plates
In theory, foam plates would be helpful for protecting plates in a box. But because they aren’t the same size as real dishes, they leave room for movement and potential damage. Other materials such as packing paper, foam wrap or Bubble Wrap® provide enough shock absorption for fragile items.
3. Use rolling luggage to pack heavy items
It’s a good idea to use luggage for miscellaneous items, but small boxes should always be used for heavier items. This will keep you from having to lift too much weight, and will prevent the items from causing structural damage to the luggage.
4. Use towels and clothing to wrap fragile items
Towels and clothes are easily accessible, so it may seem like a good idea to utilize them during packing. However, they may not provide enough protection. Proper materials like packing paper or Bubble Wrap® allow you to tightly wrap and secure fragile items so they can travel safely.
5. Get used moving boxes
Used boxes are generally free, but they aren’t always sturdy and may get crushed if stacked. Depending on how many times a box has previously been used, the structure can be severely compromised. Instead, invest in quality moving boxes. They are the first line of defense in protecting your items.