Let’s review some great packing hacks for moving that the experts have used in many moves, as well as some fantastic new ones we have found.
Packing Hacks for Moving 101
The first step at packing like a genius is knowing about boxes. You can always go to Home Depot, Lowes, the UPS Store, or your local post office. If you’re strapped for cash, ask local retailers and businesses if you could have their gently used boxes as well. But remember, those free boxes are designed for one-time use, and should not be used for long-term storage. They are fine to use when moving, if you plan to unpack everything shortly after and then throw them away. These boxes are meant to break down! They degrade quickly, and that is not good for inside your storage unit for months at a time.
If you are looking for boxes to use for long-term storage, be sure to visit our retail shops inside our rental offices. Our moving boxes are specially treated to prevent mildew and are crush tested to stand the test of time. There is nothing wrong with using some free boxes or the move and then purchasing our boxes to use inside your self storage unit. Moove In has many types and sizes of boxes available for purchase including wardrobe, lamp, TV, and mirror boxes for example. We also provide packing materials as well, such as packing tape, packing paper, mattress covers, and more. We have just about everything you need to pack, move and store your belongings.
Now that you have your boxes, you’re ready to start packing!
Packing Hacks for Moving by Item
Separate your clothes into three piles. One that you will bring with you to your new home, another that you will donate and a third that be thrown away. Wardrobe boxes are great to use for clothes that you want to hang and not get wrinkled. You can literally take them right from the closet and place them into the wardrobe box because it has a metal hanging bar built right in. Wrap them in a plastic bag with the hangers sticking out before you place them inside the box. All other clothes can be folded nicely and packed in small to medium-sized boxes. Make sure your clothes are clean and completely dry. If you pack something damp, it will create a whole host of issues.
Other great packing hacks for moving include using dish towels, bath towels, linens, and clothes for fragile items. Stem wear can be placed in socks for padding, wrap kitchen towels around dishes. Packing paper works great as well. You can also use newspaper, but just be careful of the ink! It can transfer to items and stain them. Do not pack boxes too heavy, which helps prevent accidental drops.
Smaller items like spice bottles can be put in pots and pans to save room. If you keep your utensils in a holder, just wrap the holder up with plastic wrap or shrink-wrap to keep the utensils secure. Place steak knives in oven mitts so no one gets cut. Place a Styrofoam plate in between wrapped dishes for extra protection.
We’ve made the mistake of placing shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and more in a box unwrapped and found a big mess when we unpacked. Since then we’ve learned to make sure the tops are on securely and place them in gallon size storage bags so if they do leak, it’s contained in the bag. This is a major packing hack for moving!
For necklaces and bracelets, we’ve found that placing them in an empty egg carton and securing them with a piece of tape helps so that they’re not tangled. Earrings and rings can be placed in small storage bags to keep them together.
Another mistake we’ve made is not keeping the hardware together of disassembled furniture. It can be frustrating searching for these small items. A good suggestion is to place them in storage bags marked as to what piece of furniture they belong to and designate a box or boxes specifically for furniture parts. You can even pack along any tools needed to reassemble them so you are ready to go once you get to your new home.
Once everything is packed, label the boxes so you can easily see what’s inside of them. You should label the top and at least two sides. Be sure to also mark on the boxes which room they go in at your new home. Keep them grouped together when packing the moving truck so you can quickly unload to the proper room when you arrive.
Recap: Packing Hacks for Moving
These are a few great packing tips that will benefit anyone who is moving. If you have any additional ideas, please share them in the comments below so everyone can learn! Reach out to any of our knowledgeable property managers with questions. If you’re ready to start packing for the move and you need a storage unit, you can rent one online 24/7.