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Moving Tips To Help With Your Upcoming Move – StraightLine Moving

People move for many different reasons (work, school, downsizing, retirement, a new job or transfer, or even just a change of scenery, etc.).  It can be exciting and stressful. You can always find a trustworthy moving company to help you pack but if you are going to do it yourself then it can feel like a daunting task. The good news is there are many good resources for help such as Pinterest or YouTube. This is why I have prepared a useful list of moving tips that you can use to efficiently pack and protect your belongings before the truck arrives. Make sure that if you are using a moving company then ask them for moving tips as well. 

  • ROLL CLOTHS DON’T FOLD  
    • You will be amazed at how much space you will save by simply rolling your clothes instead of folding them.
  • KEEP ELECTRONICS PACKED TOGETHER
    • keeping electronics organized together can not only help you when you are unpacking but it can help to prevent damage. Make sure that you have them marked clearly so that you or your moving company can take extra precautions when transporting them.
  • TOSS IT OUT
    • Moving is a great opportunity to toss out all of the clothes that you will never wear again and other items that you don’t want. Have a garage sale or take things to charity.
  • PULL TIE GARBAGE BAGS
    • Your clothes should still be hanging in the closet. Starting at the bottom, pull the garbage bag up over the cloths and tie the pull strings around the hangers. When you get to your new home just hang them back up and remove the bags.
  • LABEL  EVERYTHING
    • Be sure to label and/or color code every box. This makes it much easier for you or your moving company when you get to your new home.
  • PLASTIC BAGS
    • Many people (including myself) save leftover plastic bags from the grocery store. These work well as filler for fragile items or for sealing up liquid items that can spill. Do this by first removing the cap of the bottle, place the bag over the top and then screw the bottle cap back on.
  • TAKE PICTURES OF WIRES  
    • Grab your cell phone and take pictures of the cords behind your entertainment center or any other cords that will need to be reconnected at your new location. This also works great for shelves or decorations that you want to put back up in your new home.
  • BAGGIES FOR FURNITURE
    • Nuts and bolts are easy to lose. If you are going to be disassembling furniture then put the hardware into zip-lock plastic baggie and tape it to the furniture that you are taking apart.
  • TOILET PAPER ROLL HACK
    • Necklaces and jewelry are notorious for getting tangled easily. Try using a toilet paper roll by placing necklaces through the center and clasp them around the outside.
  • DISHES AND PAPER PLATES
    • Try placing a paper plate or two in between each plate when you’re packing them. This helps to protect the plates during transport.
  • MAKEUP BRUSHES IN A CUP
    • Makeup brushes can be messy. Put your makeup brushes, bristles up, in a cup with a lid. This keeps them from getting crushed and from making a mess.
  • OVERNIGHT BAG
    • Put together an overnight bag with all of the essentials that you use on a daily basis. Don’t forget your toothbrush and toilet paper!
  • PETS
    • If you have pets then don’t forget to make them an overnight bag as well. Bottled water and plastic baggies for food work well.
  • PREPARE DINNER
    • After a long day of moving, you’re going to be hungry. Put together an easy meal for the first night at your new place such as frozen pizza or sandwiches.

Looking for more moving tips? All of us here at StraightLine Moving are happy to answer any of your questions. We can even come out and do a free estimate for your move. Please feel free to give us a call (815) 708-7875

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