If you’re getting ready to move, we recommend taking some time to plan out what you’ll need so that things can run as smoothly as possible when the big day arrives.
Here’s a short list of must-haves to help get you started.
Cardboard boxes are great for packing certain items but plastic containers/tubs are easy to close and can help keep certain items clean. You can purchase a set of five for less than $20 and they can be repurposed to keep things stored once you move. To decide what will work best for you, just think about maximizing space and finding the right fit for your belongings.
If you decide to go with the cardboard option, nationally-recognized consumer and money-savings expert, Andrea Woroch, suggests reusing cardboard boxes to pack for your move.
“You can get boxes at grocery stores and from neighbors for free, so don’t buy specialty boxes from a moving company unless you’re scrambling or need a few more to finish up your packaging,” says Woroch.
If you decide to go with plastic tubs, invest in those that you know you will reuse once the unpacking begins. An idea could be to store toys or blankets inside and keep them clean in your garage until you need them.
Woroch also says to prepare in advance when possible by holding on to boxes or other moving supplies for a possible future move.
When it comes to fragile items like dishes and glassware, bubble wrap is essential to avoid potential damage. To save some money, Woroch says you can reuse wrap and tissue paper from online shipments or gifts. Another option is to ask friends and family if they have any tucked away for you to use.
You don’t want your boxes falling apart because the tape you used wasn’t strong enough to hold them shut. A good tip from Woroch is to opt for the store-brand version of packing tape. She says both Staples’ and Office Depot’s options will save you 20%.
After packing all of your things, you probably won’t remember where everything is. By marking all your boxes with a number and a short description of what’s inside, you can save yourself a headache when you’re trying to find the coffee maker and a useful mug.
Woroch reminds us that another benefit of marking the boxes is to know exactly how many you have and track them in case some go missing when/if using a moving company.
Now you’re ready to get started. Consider a moving expenses list and determine what you can do without as part of your everyday routine, and pack those things first.