Now that you’ve moved, you can settle down somewhere else. Everything is wonderful until it’s time to pack. That’s the most annoying thing about moving, for sure. Finding the sticky end of a roll of shipping tape is one of the most irritating and time-consuming tasks imaginable. We want to alleviate any discomfort associated with packing and unpacking your items. You can save time and money by using these brilliant moving tricks.
1. Rent Moving Boxes
You have rodeo experience, right? If so, you’re aware of how rapidly the costs of packaging materials may rack up. In fact, buying adequate packing items to move into a one-bedroom apartment can cost more than $400. That’s a wad of cash for goods that will land up curbside.
Getting your hands on free moving boxes is a huge money saver, but it can be difficult to come by in the city if you don’t have a car. Compared to the expense of purchasing cardboard boxes, the average cost of renting a dumpster is about half that.
Plastic ones are resistant to water and crushing, unlike their corrugated counterparts. Rental packages from companies like Gorilla Bins are available for two weeks and vary in price depending on the size of your home. Typically included in a package are
- Moving bins in both medium and large sizes
- Zip ties (so you don’t need packing tape)
- Peel and stick labels
- Free delivery and pick up
2. Hack a Vacuum Space Bag
Pillows, blankets, and your Triple F.A.T. Goose jacket all take up a lot of room in your suitcase. The compression of such objects would allow for the packing of more lightweight items into the same number of cartons. The issue is that vacuum space bags are very costly. About $20 will get you a set of three extra-large tote bags. Find out a technique that only requires a trash bag, a vacuum cleaner, and a rubber band to accomplish the task at hand.
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3. Smarter Ways to Organize Packed Boxes
It makes sense to pack and label items according to the rooms in which they will be kept. Until you realize you need something specific, like the vegetable peeler that may be in any of the ten boxes you packed for the kitchen. To circumvent this issue, make a comprehensive spreadsheet detailing the contents of each container. Seriously, who has the time for that?
Using a smartphone or tablet to snap a picture of the contents of a box before packing can help you stay more organized. You can remember which photo belongs to which box by giving them both the same name, such as “kitchen box No. 5.”
4. Make Peeling the Sticky End of Tape Easier
It can be difficult to find the adhesive end of a roll of packaging tape. When the tape pulls away in unruly chunks or stringy shreds rather than clean, uniform strips, the effort is genuine and oh so frustrating.
Making tape boxes easier to handle is as simple as using a toothpick to indicate where to peel. Put the toothpick on the tape’s sticky side in a horizontal position. About an inch from the tip is ideal. After that, you need to fold the tape’s end to hide the toothpick.
5. DIY Cheap Packing Material
Packaging materials like peanuts and bubble wrap don’t come cheap. Sure, you can use towels, sheets, and clothing to cushion your fragile items. However, unless the items you are packing are spotless, you will have a mountain of laundry to do once you get settled there.
Paper shredder owners should expect to get rid of a lot of paperwork while packing to relocate. Instead of throwing away all that shredded paper, use it as a makeshift punching bag.
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6. How to Organize Small Stuff
Use Ziplock containers to conceal your action. They may be used to organize small objects before, during, and after relocation, making them perfect for transporting fragile items like documents, wires, and furniture screws. Labeling is the key to realizing the potential of this concept. Accessories, such as cords, can be organized by device type and placed in clear plastic bags with descriptive labels.
7. Problem Solving Kits
You’ll require basic necessities immediately following the relocation, such as soap and a fresh towel for hand cleaning. To have the basics on hand until the dust settles, put together some problem-solving kits and store them in clear boxes or a large suitcase. For some ideas, consider the following:
Here’s a list of suggestions:
- Weekend kit: Include all the stuff you would need if you left town for a few days including clothing, toiletries, and medications.
- Bed and bath kit: Think basics like toilet paper, towels, and sheets.
- First aid kit: When boo-boos happen a small stash of plastic bandages, antiseptic towelettes and absorbent compresses will come in handy.
- Toolkit: Pack what you’ll need to open boxes and assemble furniture like screwdrivers, pliers, hex keys, and scissors.
- Munchie Kit: Pack snacks, bottled water, and a few pantry items for the next morning like coffee and your coffee machine.
- Cleaning kit: A few goods to have include garbage bags, paper towels, and multipurpose spray cleaner.
Bring along the clothes, toiletries, and prescriptions that you would need for a short trip away from home during the weekend.
8. Prevent Packed Bottles from Leaking
When transporting liquid toiletry, wrap them with a small amount of kitchen plastic wrap to prevent leaks. Remove the cap and cover the opening with a piece of plastic wrap. Then, replace the cap. Just so you know, this trick also works to stop leaks in your carry-on items like shampoo on aircraft.
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9. Bag Your Wardrope
In fact, white kitchen garbage bags can be used as clothes bags during a move. You can put your clothes in them, but they will rip open before you even reach the truck. Rather than using regular plastic bags, sturdy outdoor garbage can liners are a better choice. You can save them and use them again for trash because they don’t tear as easily.