Boxes and bubble wrap are age old tools, and they’ll certainly get your moving job done. However, with the plethora of resources available at your fingertips, why stop with what you already know? If that were how the world worked, we’d still be riding horses and trains.
Today’s experts suggest a variety of different supplies to help with a move. And there’s even better news. A lot of them are free or low cost.
“For your upcoming move, you may want to consider buying transparent storage bins,” said Tyler Brown, who works with The Storage Center. “Make sure to buy as many as you need since you can always return any storage bins you don’t use.”
Not only can items not needed right away be left in the bins, purchasing all the containers from the same retailer will allow for better ability to stack and organize. They also hold up far better than cardboard boxes.
“Buying higher quality storage bins may seem excessive, but when moving into an apartment, you may have to decide on what to keep in your apartment and what to store at a local storage facility until you are able to move into a larger space,” Brown explained. “Having high quality, transparent storage bins will make it much easier to store and identify what is in each container, saving you time and money in the long run.”
Sometimes, the most obvious supplies can make a gigantic difference. For example, Brown’s second tip -Ziploc bags.
“Store hardware from furniture that needs to be disassembled during the move, such as a bed frame, in a Ziploc bag that has been taped to the furniture,” he said. “This will ensure that when you are ready to re-assemble the furniture, the hardware will be right where you need it.”
Jaclyn Lambert, outreach director at HireAHelper.com offers a more unconventional conceptualization of moving supplies- people and lists.
Friends are a blast, and it’s often difficult to find time for leisure hangout in our fast-paced 21st century. By inviting friends to “help,” you can catch up with them while simultaneously completing practical preparation for the big day. , If you are moving long distance, it provides an opportunity to say “goodbyes.”
“Throw an ‘eating party’ the week of your move to get any pantry/fridge/freezer items out of your existing place,” Lambert suggested.
She also stresses the importance of beginning to plan and create checklists a 2-3 months before a move. This allows you ample time to follow through and complete all tasks without stressing or having to shift around important scheduled events.
When preparing for your next move, remember, sometimes the most simple ideas can make a major difference, and supplies may not solely be products you buy from the store.