Moving can be extremely difficult. From trying to wrangle up your kids and pets to cooperate, to moving heavy furniture, to organizing everything — it can be a huge pain in the butt to try to do. It can all be really hard and really stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few tips and tricks to help make moving a little easier. Here are a few of them.
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For the Little Things
How are you supposed to move all those little spices from your cabinet to your new home? One easy way to do this is to store your spices in your crock pot (if you have one). Not only does this save you from using another cardboard box, but it’ll also make for easy clean up if they manage to spill on the way to your new home.
Do you have a lot of books? Stuff as many books as you can into a rolling suitcase. Putting your books into a box can make them extremely difficult to move. Books may be small, but piling them onto one another makes them very heavy. If you can roll your books around, it will make things much easier on you.
What about jewelry? You can keep necklaces safe by putting the chain through a straw and placing the necklace in a ziplock bag. This will keep the necklace from tangling up on you during the move, as your jewelry is bound to shift around a lot. You don’t want to have to deal with attempting to untangle everything before you can use it again. That would be a huge inconvenience.
For the Bigger Things
Those cardboard boxes themselves can be extremely difficult to move. If they don’t already have handles, cut your own DIY handles into your cardboard boxes. This will make them much easier to lift, instead of having to grab them from the bottom of the box. This will especially work if it’s an extremely heavy box.
Another good tip is to label every box. Also, to keep a list of how you labeled your boxes. This way, if you forget or get confused, you can just look at the list you created and find your important items much easier. Some people label boxes with colored duct tape. Others do it by numbers. However you decide to do it, make sure it’s as organized as possible to make it easy on you.
Another great tip is having a “First Day Essentials” bin to give anything you need on that very first day in your new home incredibly easy access. Keep bathroom essentials, pet food, paper plates and paper napkins, disposable silverware, a first aid kit, box cutters (for when you unbox everything else), and probably some tissues in there to make the first day in your new home as stress-free and comfortable as humanly possible.