This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
There is really no way to sugar coat it so I’m just going to keep it real. Moving sucks. The packing, the purging, the sorting, the lifting, the hauling, the unpacking… all of it. Sucks. Until our move into our house, I had been fortunate enough to be relocated for my job so I basically just had to show up at my new place, they packed and unpacked for me. It was ahhhmazing! So amazing that I forgot what a pain moving actually is.
Ok now that I got that Negative Nancy out of the way, let’s talk about some moving hacks to make it suck sooo much less! After our move, I learned a lot about what I should have done. The good news with that is that my pain can hopefully become your pleasure. 😉
Moving Hacks: Packing
1. Use Space-saving Vacuum Bags
These are genius! I discovered them when organizing our guest room and I only wish I would have used them for our move. Considering some moving companies charge by the box, these are perfect for fitting much more in your boxes than you ever could without them. These are especially perfect if there are items you won’t be using all the time, just keep them sealed so they don’t take up too much storage space (like extra blankets or off season clothes).
2. Press and Seal Wrap is Your Friend
This works great for placing over silverware organizers or any kind of organizer so that you don’t have to take everything out and pack/unpack it. It also works great for covering salt and pepper shakers or any other product that could leak during the move.
3. Multi-tasking Packing
Fill up suitcases with clothes, laundry baskets with laundry supplies and cleaners, crock pots with spices, colanders with small storage containers, and basically any empty vessel that can hold items within it.
Another key packing tip: when packing the natural instinct is to go through room by room and pack that way. Instead, think about where the item will be in your new space. For example, maybe in your current home you keep all of your cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink, but in your new home you have a utility closet in the laundry room that will house these products. Pack the cleaning supplies with your laundry room items to make it much smoother when unpacking.
4. Wrap Fragile Items in Towels or Rolled Clothing
Rather than wasting a lot of newspaper packing perfumes or other fragile items, roll them up in towels or folded clothing to maximize space.
5. Label Cables and Hardware
We have definitely had an on-going game of musical cables and hardware since we moved. Is this hardware for the curtains or the mirrors? Is this the DVD or the printer cable? Is this hardware for the TV mount in the living room or the bedroom? If you were a fly on the wall in our house these are the kind of questions you would have heard. Lesson learned. Any and all hardware and cables are now labeled.
6. Place Trash Bags Over Hanging Clothes
This helps protect them from getting dirty and prevents the need to have to pack and unpack clothes and re-hang them. It also prevents the dreaded game of how many hanging clothes can I drape over my arm without half of them slipping out.
7. Number Boxes in Order of Priority
This will also make unpacking much more organized. Clearly mark on the sides what is in the boxes so that when the boxes are stacked you can still see the markings. Mark the boxes with a 1, 2 or 3 in order or priority for unpacking so that you can quickly unpack the items that you will need right away rather than digging through boxes.
8. Cut Holes on the Sides of Boxes for Easy Carrying
Bending down to pick up boxes from the bottom will lead to a very sore back the next day. This trick will make boxes much easier to pick up and carry.
Moving Hacks: Getting Settled
9. Rent Furniture and Housewares
Did you know that you can rent furniture and accessories for entire rooms? CORT Furniture Rental offers furniture on demand, arriving when you need it and gone as soon as you’re done with it. This is a perfect solution if you are in need of specific pieces of furniture or if you’re just starting out/transitioning and need total room ensembles; they even have housewares. CORT can make any home “move-in ready” with their huge variety of rooms and beautiful styles.
10. Make Your Space Feel Homey Before You’re Settled
I think that part of the tough transition in moving is that it can take some time to get settled and the house can feel sterile or cold… not lived in. Buy yourself a housewarming gift of some pretty flowers or put fresh fruit into a bowl to give a warm, homey touch while you work toward getting settled.
Do you have an upcoming move? Or have you recently moved? What was your favorite moving hack, or your biggest learning? I’d love to hear in the comments below!