Updated from the archives: Life Hacks to Make Your Move Easier
I’m moving again this week so I decided to revive and refresh this post from 2015. Fun fact, these pictures are also from 2015 so don’t hate me.
Stephen and I are moving from our one-apartment that we share with our golden-mutt Molly and fat cat Mimosa, to a four bedroom house. We are super excited about the elbow room. However, this brings the grand total of moves to 5 in 4 years. If there is anything I feel that I am absolutely an expert at, it’s preparing and packing for a move.
I’ve compiled and updated my list of moving tips and life hacks. Here you go:
Put a Styrofoam plate in between your fragile plates to keep them from bumping into each other.
-In the past moves I didn’t really care about my plates because they are old. I, of course, took care of them, but they were a hodge podge of hand-me-downs. This year, we got married. So now, we have nice plates that match, are crack and stain free, and match all the other accessories like butter dishes and gravy boats that I never had before. So I am treating them like they are made of diamonds. And my Christmas spode? Forget it. I used an entire roll of bubble wrap on those 8 place settings alone. In addition to the bubble wrap, I highly recommend the styrofoam trick.
Press and Seal your drawers.
-Let me tell you a story about how one time, I was driving behind the trailer that was holding my stuff. I watched as the top drawer of my chest of drawers started creeping slowly out. As it was sliding out my navy bra started making it’s way out of the drawer. We were able to pull over and save it in time; however, the last thing I would ever want is my underwear and bras all over the city of Atlanta. So now I press and seal my clothes into my drawers.
Cut handles in your boxes.
Boxes are heavy… It’s super awkward to shimmy them up your body and hold them underneath. So save yourself the hassle and back pain and use a box cutter and cut a handle in the sides. Stephen did these last move and suggested that you also tape the edges so you don’t cut yourself while you carry them. This year we thought it through and bought the boxes with the handles pre-cut.
When you disassemble furniture place all the screws, nails, nuts, and bolts in a labeled Ziploc bag.
-You will save yourself hurt, aggravation, and therapy by doing this tip. I even recommend taping them directly to a piece of the furniture it belongs to. Under the coffee table, on the back of a book case, whatever.