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Tips To Save Your Sanity During A Move

APRIL 7, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Use Paper Plates

Stacking paper or Styrofoam plates in between your actual plates is a cheap and easy way to make sure they don't break in transport.

2. Keep The Door Open

When your hands are full, the last thing that you want to do is to struggle with a doorknob. Simply use a rubber band to hold down the latch bolt to make the door easy to open one-handed.

3. Clean Before You Unpack

This is probably the last thing you want to do at the end of the day, but with all the walking in and out of the house, you are bound to get dirt all over the place even on the nicest day. Before you unpack run a sanitizing wipe and vacuum over the whole place.

4. Rent a Dolly

Rent a Dolly

5. Take A Photo of Electronics

You think that you will for sure remember exactly how your electronics are set up, but at the end of a long day of moving you're going to get frustrated dealing with all those cables. Save yourself the headache and take a photo of the set up before you unplug it all.

6. Pro Service Cleaning for Curtains and Area Rugs

Taking these items to get cleaned not only ensures they will be dust free, but when the products are returned to you they'll be packaged neatly - perfect for moving into a new home.

7. Use a Laundry Basket

Use a Laundry Basket

8. Utilize Large Pots

There is a lot of wasted space inside those big pots. Stash small kitchen items like spice bottles and baking supplies inside to maximize your efforts.

9. Consider a Sitter

Moving is a long, difficult process. If you have small children or pets, consider asking a friend or family member to watch them if you're staying in the same city. That way, you won't have to deal with cranky kids or worry about Fido running out the open door.

10. Store Stemware in Wine Boxes

Glasses and stemware are among the most delicate items to move. Keep them safely tucked inside a wine box that has divided sections for each. This option is usually free, as most liquor stores will just give old boxes to you.

11. Vacuum Pack Your Clothes

Vacuum Pack Your Clothes

12. Pack Makeup With a Cotton Ball Inside

This will prevent powders from cracking and breaking. This also works for medication bottles so that pills don't get crushed.

13. Cover Bottles With Saran Wrap

There is nothing worse than getting to your new home and finding a sticky spill all over a box of items. Prevent this disaster by covering the tops of bottles with Saran wrap and screwing lids back on.

14. Label In Detail

Don't do this to yourself. When it comes time to unpack this is going to make your life much more difficult. Spend the extra time labeling what items are in the box; you'll thank yourself later.

15. Pack an Overnight Bag

It is ambitious to think you can unpack everything in one day. Instead of feeling pressure to finish, leave yourself an overnight bag with clothes, toiletries and other essentials. And don't forget to pack things like a shower curtain and toilet paper - you definitely don't want to have to search for those.

16. Drain Dangerous Fluids

Drain Dangerous Fluids

17. Lock Pumps In Place

Most pump dispensing bottles are locked when you first purchase them. Before you pack these items up for the move, push them back down to lock them again.

18. Create Your Own Handles

Not all sturdy boxes have handles, which makes them much more likely to be dropped. So grab a box cutter and make your own to keep your stuff safe.

19. Store Blankets and Pillows Inside Drawers

There is a lot of wasted space inside dresser drawers and chests, so use them to store bulky but light items such as pillows and blankets.

20. There's an App For That

If you have gone paperless or are prone to misplacing things, download an app such as Moving Day to help keep your move organized.

21. Color Code

Color Code

22. Protect your Appliances

You can buy or rent them, but wrapping up appliances and wooden furniture can prevent your items from being scratched or dented in the move.

23. Make a Checklist

Make a Checklist

24. Pack Your Closet

It seems like a closet would be extremely tough to transport neatly, but not so. Simpy slide a garbage bag over the hangers and tie up the end. If you're worried about them slipping out, use tape or rope to keep them together.

 

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