Moving Tips and Life Hacks

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.

moving tips

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.

Put trash bags over the bottom of your hanging clothes and tie the tops.
-The easiest way to pack a closet ever and you don’t have to risk losing your favorite strapless dress or attempt to get all the hangers facing the same direction.
Do not mix rooms.
Please keep one room per box so you don’t fling yourself off the roof of your new house. If it’s in the kitchen item, put it in a kitchen box. If it’s a living room item, put it in a living room box. You will not want to be trying to figure out where everything goes when you move in your new place, so please keep it organized.
 
Label your boxes on the sides.
-If you label the top and stack them, you won’t be able to see your label. Another Stephen tip, put an arrow of which direction is up. You don’t want everything you carefully packed to be smithereens when you get there because the box somehow got flipped.
Plan ahead and plan for more:
Pack a bag of just your essentials so you don’t have to unpack everything to find your toothbrush. Start early so you aren’t scrambling to finish when it is time to get the Uhaul. Buy your supplies ahead of time so you aren’t going to therapy over a lack of sharpie. Just be mindful and plan ahead. Also, whatever you think you need, buy more. I’ve made five trips to Lowe’s in the past three days for more boxes and bubble wrap. Whatever you think you need, double it. That includes tape, bubble wrap, boxes and Sharpies (more than likely you will pack one or two on accident.)
There you have it. The best tips I’ve acquired over my time as a nomad.
What are your favorite tips? I still have six days left of packing, so let me here them in the comments below!
32 comments so far.
  • Wife Sense

    As a veteran of many cross-country moves, my best tip is to get rid of stuff you no longer need or want before you move. Have a garage sale. No sense moving (and paying for! – professional movers charge by the pound) stuff you’d decide to purge when unpacking.

    • That’s a great tip! We only moved 20 minutes up the road but if I was going cross country I would sell everything!

  • Chandni Patel

    This is great! so helpful, thanks for sharing

  • These are such great tips. We helped my sister move this past weekend and it was a hassle! I dread the day we have to move! lol

  • Muna Kenny

    Moving can never be easy, but yes some tips can make it go smoother. We might be moving in few weeks and the packing and unpacking is already a nightmare to me!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    We have finally stayed in one house for the past 3 years. We don’t plan on moving but the last time we did we did the trash bag trick with the clothes and it was a life savior!

  • These are great tips! I never thought of the styrofoam plates one! We’re getting started with packing now so I’ll definitely be putting these to use. 🙂

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Ooo! Love your idea to put styrofoam plates between plates! And also the garbage bag trick. I always think about this, even though I have no plans to move soon!

  • I mean some of these are genius. I should be moving sometime in the not too distant future so Im saving this!

  • thesophiadiaries

    All great tips! Esp making box handles.. I gotta do that haha

  • Jordyn Galan

    We move around a lot! Thanks for all the awesome tips!

  • Moving can be so stressful and so much work! These are great packing tips! The one thing I learned to do is keep a list on paper or on your phone of what is in every single box and number each box. That way if you can’t unpack all at once but need just one random thing, you’ll know what box you put it in.

  • Robin

    Here’s my best tip: Use your clothes to wrap all of your dishes and keep them from rattling around in their boxes. You literally never have to buy packing materials again!

  • April Kitchens

    Great tips. We are moving soon and I’m not looking forwards to it lol. Your tips will make moving bearable.

  • We are moving in one month so this is perfect! So many things I didn’t think of like the labels on the side! I agree with mixing rooms!! Thanks for this!!!

  • These tips are amazing! Def love the tip about cutting out handles on the boxes. So smart.

  • Kaleigh Bulone

    these are great tips – I never even considered them before! Love it! & hate moving. So thanks for making it a bit easier!

    • Yep. I have a hard time moving, but over the years collecting these tips have helped!

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