Planning a big move? You’re not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, up to 40 million people move to a different location every year. People move for different reasons: maybe they just got a better job, they wish to be closer to family, or they simply want more sunlight on their porch.
Although moving to a new location can be quite exciting, particularly when you are upgrading your accommodations, the experience can also be quite stressful. Fortunately, you have options. To ease the strain on your next big move, try the following 13 tips and tricks.
1. Leave Your Clothes on the Hangers
Instead of having to go through the tedious task of folding your clothes, bunch them together with the hangers still in place and then pack them in a large garbage bag. This way, you’ll be able to set up your wardrobe within minutes of arriving at your new home.
2. Fix Divots with Ice Cubes
Carpet divots are ugly, but mostly unavoidable. If you hate the dents left by your heavy furniture in the carpets, get rid of them by placing an ice cube into each divot. The melted ice will soften the fibers of the carpet, restoring it to its former, flat state.
3. Remove Glass Shards with Bread
Accidents happen during a move. They happen more frequently with glassware. If you break a dish, do not try to pick up shards of broken glass with your fingers. Instead, use old slices of bread to lift the broken pieces off the floor. Just be sure to throw those slices away once you’re done.
4. Find Free Boxes
Grocery stores are good places for finding boxes. The pharmacy is also a good choice. Medical supplies are typically carried in reinforced, lined boxes, which are perfect for carrying books and plates.
For heavier boxes, visit your local liquor store. They rely on heavy boxes to move their wares. If you don’t drink, consider pretending for at least a few days.
5. Protect Dishes with Paper Plates
Remember those disposable plates that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Before you trash them, use them to brace your dining set. Instead of padding your plates with rags, place a disposable plate between each of the dishes to prevent them from cracking. It’s easier to set up and a lot more effective than newspaper or rags.
6. Store Drinking Glasses with Socks
Do not stuff your glass cups with newspaper. They sometimes leave ink streaks that take days to come off. Instead, protect your glasses by tucking them into socks. Understandably, only clean socks are advisable for this.
7. Reinforce Bottles of Liquid
Liquid has a way of seeping out of the edges when a bottle is under pressure. A good tip is to remove the cap, place a plastic bag over the lip, and then replace the cap. It will create a tighter fit that will stop most spills. This is a great way to pack your shampoo bottles and bathroom lotions.
8. Take “Before” Photos of Electronics
Photograph your connected electronics before you unplug all of the wires. This way, you will know exactly what goes where when you unpack. Figuring out how to hook up your entertainment system can be a frustrating challenge, especially if you didn’t set it up the first time. Having a picture to turn to will be a big help.
9. Use Photocopies for Exact Placement
If you need to hang an item that requires you to drill exact holes in the wall, try photocopying the back of the object. With a picture of the holes’ proper positions on paper, you can easily drill into the wall through the sheet of paper and create a perfect fit for the object.
10. Microwave Your Tape
For any move, you’ll need masking or painters’ tape. However, sometimes the tape may be dried up and very stuck. Instead of breaking your fingernails trying to pry the tape open, toss the paint in the microwave for a few seconds. It will soften the tape, making it easier to peel and use.
11. Protect Your Hands
Instead of holding a nail in place with your fingers, use a clothespin. It reduces the risk that you’ll accidentally smash your fingers, which would hurt. It also makes it easier to control your swing when you hammer the nail.
12. Zip-Lock Your Documents
The last thing you want is to ruin your sensitive documents during a move. Protect your documents by sealing them in zip-lock bags. This way, they will be safe from any potential spills. Be sure to fold the papers carefully before putting them in the bag to prevent any unwanted wrinkles.
13. Document Your Boxes’ Contents
Make a list of the items you have in each room and then take a picture of the contents once you’re done packing. Stick the appropriate photo over each box. This way, you’ll have an idea of what is in each box and be able to identify where each item should go when you’re settling in.
Most importantly, take the time to plan for your move. You get the best results when you begin your packing weeks in advance. You can organize the things you have to do by downloading a moving application from the Android or iOS market.
Also be sure to start your search for a moving company early. You will find it easier to negotiate affordable rates this way. And finally, pack your toolbox and mattress last. This way, you will be able to get to your tools whenever you need them, and you won’t have to look far for your mattress when you’re exhausted.
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