Moving Tips and Tricks
Our move from Ocala, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina was our first “big” move. It’s wasn’t a cross-country or international move, but it was the first move Ryan and I have made as a married couple that took us eight hours from our previous home and involved moving from one house to another (rather than from one small apartment to the next).
Here are some tips and tricks we picked up along the way!
- Clearly Label Boxes… And Be Specific
This seems like a no-brainer, but simply labeling boxes “Kitchen” or “Master Bedroom” isn’t specific enough! When you’re dying to find a specific pan when you’re unpacking and there are a million boxes labeled “Kitchen,” you’re out of luck! Label things as specifically as possible (contents + room location) to make unpacking and finding important items right away a bit easier.
- If Possible, Leave Items In Drawers
Most dressers and desks have removable drawers. If possible, leave the contents from these drawers in them to save on packing and unpacking time. Just remove the drawers for the move to make the pieces of furniture lighter and then slide them back in once the furniture is placed in its permanent spot in your new home.
- Unpack The Kitchen First
I’ve always made unpacking the kitchen the top priority because it’s the room in the house we seem to use the most. Having a clean and organized kitchen soon after we moved in made me feel like we were on the right track and making headway even if the rest of the house was in shambles. The ability to prepare meals at home from the get-go was important to me.
- Clean Everything Before You Pack
This is one thing Ryan and I did before our last move, but we weren’t quite as good about it for this move and it definitely slowed down the unpacking process. We didn’t pack dirty dishes or anything, but there were a few things that came off the moving truck that were a little dusty (like the guest room bookcase) or had fingerprints all over them (like the glass top of our coffee table) that needed to be cleaned a bit before they were placed in their permanent spot in our new home.
- Try Your Best To Avoid Random Boxes Of Miscellaneous Junk
Oh the “junk” boxes! They are the worst! When you’re in a hurry and don’t have anywhere else to put something, it inevitably gets thrown into a “junk box” and becomes a moving nightmare. Junk boxes are the boxes that haunt my dreams because sometimes they’ll linger for months after we move into a new place. (Some of you may remember our “room of shit” that was basically filled with the contents of these type of boxes.) They’re filled with random things like extension cords, batteries, miscellaneous paperwork, random pens, etc. They’re a pain to unpack and sorting out the “junk” ahead of time and boxing it up with other similar things will save time and sanity during a move.
- Make a Donation Pile Before And After Your Move
Moving is a great opportunity to go through everything you own and determine what you do and do not need. Even though I thought we went through everything before we moved, once we started unpacking our stuff in our new house, more items popped up that we realized we no longer wanted/needed. Rather than make a spot for them, they immediately went into a large donation box.
- Use Your Suitcases, Trunks, Duffel Bags, Baskets, Etc. To Help You Cut Down On Boxes
By using your own suitcases, duffle bags, baskets, etc. to pack your belongings, you’ll cut down on the number of boxes you need, as well as the number of boxes you’ll need to get rid of at the end of the move. Let these items you already own work in your favor and fill them up!
- Take An Inventory Of The Boxes
I’m not sure how feasible this is with a moving company (if at all), but as someone who is missing two boxes, I would definitely encourage taking inventory of all boxes that are being moved. We aren’t sure how many boxes the movers packed into the truck and days after the move was over, we began noticing a few things were missing. It’s been a bit of a hassle going back and forth with the moving company about our missing boxes and having a list of boxes to check off would’ve made it immediately clear that things were missing. Since our moving truck had items from two houses in it (our house and another), it seems like it was an easy mistake to make and one we wish we would’ve prepared for on the front-end.
Questions of the Afternoon
- What is the farthest distance you have ever moved?
- Please share any tips and tricks you may have to make moving a little easier!