Moving and all its attendant chores may be inevitable. But the accompanying sense of chaos, while common, isn’t necessary. This schedule outlines essential tasks, both large and small, that need to be addressed and allows several weeks for you to tend to the details. As you prepare, don’t overlook the simplest way to ease your burden: Consider which belongings you really need to keep. A lighter load means not only an easier move, but less to unpack. OZPacking packaging experts have collected all of the legit tips and tricks we’ve absorbed along the way and listed them here.
Collect Cardboard Boxes Early
A week before the big move, call up every store you can think of in your area. Yes, all of them– furniture stores, department stores, art supply stores, you name it. More often than not, they have tons of leftover boxes that they recycle or throw out. Many stores will give you these leftover boxes for free, diminishing your moving costs by a landslide.
It’s important to start doing this early, though. I’ve tried to collect boxes the night before a move and ended up with approximately four. Needless to say, this did not do much for me.
Pack Jewelry Without Tangles
Getting your jewelry from point A to point B is a constant struggle. Tangles and mysterious knots are an uphill battle that can leave you frustrated and short an accessory or two. Good news jewelry lovers– you never have to deal with tangled jewelry again if you follow these steps:
- Get an empty ice cube tray (or a few if you have a lot of bling)
- Fill each section of the ice cube tray with your rings, necklaces, earrings, etc
- Cover tray with plastic wrap
- Voila! No more tangles!
Skip the Sealed Air Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap is expensive, confusing and loud. Instead of investing in this strange puffed-up plastic wrap, just use old T-shirts and sweatshirts to safeguard your breakables. Not only does this probably keep them safer in the long run, but it also eliminates the need to find– you guessed it– more boxes.
Don’t Un-hang Your Clothing
Your closet can be one of the most daunting rooms in the apartment to pack up, thanks to your hangers. You know what I’m talking about– you try to stash them nicely in a box, and they come out connected like monkeys in a barrel.
Fear not! There’s an easier way to handle this. Simply leave your clothing on your hangers and use a large garbage bag to collect as many Dell latitude e4310 battery pieces as will fit inside, fitting it over the bottom of your clothing and moving up while your clothing is still hanging.
Clean the Stove and Fridge
Before you move out, you’re going to have to clean the stove and refrigerator. I only tell you this now because you will be very angry with yourself when you inevitably forget to do it until you’re loading up the moving van. Cleaning the stove takes a good half hour and a lot of elbow grease– do it the night before and save yourself a major headache.
Put Together an Unpacking Box
This moving hack will change your entire unpacking game once you’ve dumped everything into your new place. Scissors, small tools, tape, a duster, a box cutter, and other unpacking tools all go in here (along with your snacks), expediting the process and ensuring that you don’t just haphazardly shove things into corner, promising you’ll put them together later.
After you pack up one of these boxes, throw a A4 label on it. You can be specific (e.g., “old magazines and CD collection from the 90s”) or you can just go with the name of the room.