(Closed) Moving tips/tricks?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We’re using the system on thsi blog:


We aren’t moving things into storage, and dont’ ahve a WHOLE ton of stuff (like you’d have if you have lived in one house for decades), but it’s a nice oragnized system to have a list of what’s in each box, and each box just labeled with one word, and one number instead of “books, bookends, files, desk stuff”. 

Post # 4
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I thought this was the best thing ever.


Tie the bag ties tight around the neck of the hangers and nothing moves. When you get to the new place, they are ready to hang. When you cut the bags off, ::poof!:: Instant closet!! Done.

Post # 5
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Clean everything off before you pack it. Sometimes we don’t realize how dusty our stuff is until it is in a new/clean place!

Label every box by what room is belongs in so that any of the help you get while moving knows where to put it. It’s annoying to have everything IN the house but have to move it around again.

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My suggestion is to pack a box and mark it “Move Last, Unpack First”. Fill it with eveyrthing you need to move in and dont want to spend all night looking for, such as your toothbrush, hairbrush, makeup, shampoo, soap, towels, feminine items if necessary, coffeemaker, coffee, water, pillows, a blanket, sheet set, and possibly some food so you can eat before bed. That box will be your lifesaver. And yes, please, please, please mark the room on the box. That way you dont end up with mixing bowls in the bathroom, or your tv remotes in the kitchen. And after your Unpack First box, unpack your clothing next.

Post # 7
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Tie yellow caution tape around fragile boxes. Movers sometimes don’t notice the word “fragile.”

Pack your dishes with your clothes. Put socks in wine glasses, boxers around martini glasses. 

Throw a roll of toilet paper in your purse/front seat. You may need it right away. 

Once you’ve moved, take a breather and go to the nearest grocery store. We bought trash bags, paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, plastic cups, paper plates, plastic cutlery, non-messy snackfood (granola bars and apples) and ingredients for loaded sandwiches. That way we didn’t have to find and unpack the plates and glassware right away- plus no dirty dishes the first week! 

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Go you your local bevmo to get wine boxes. I used them to pack my china stemware, and glasses, makes it some much easier to unpack, and with less waste.

Pack pillows, and couch coushins in garbage bags so they don’t get dirty. Make sure to pack a clean pillow case with each pillow.

Leave hangers on your clothes when packing, it makes it so much easier to put back in your closet.

Label boxes on atleast 4 sides if you have to stack them in a room when you unpack.

Last move I packed a starter box for each room. For the bathroom I put tp, Shampoo, soap, Makeup, towels, bathmat, razor.. For kitchen a set of 3 of plates, cups, spoon, forks, knives, cutting knife, coffee mug, one fry pan, one spatula, can opener, sponge, dish soap. That way we had everything for one night and possibly more if we couldn’t find something in the next few days. Put those boxes in the truck last and label them so they are easy to spot.

Post # 9
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I don’t let movers have anything precious or breakable.  That all goes in my SUV.  The movers get the furniture.

I always get the massive rolls of plastic that they sell at moving stores (Lowes now carries them).  I wrap my comforters/blankets around the furniture, then secure it all with the plastic stuff.

The last time I moved, the movers were impressed by how well I was packed and how fast the move went.  15 minutes to load, 45 minutes to unload.  My SUV took longer.


Oh, and always make the bed first thing.  That way, no matter how far along you are, you can go to bed.  🙂

Post # 11
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

these are good!

You can get free moving boxes on craigslist all the time. The last three moves we got and gave our boxes via craigslist. Its a good thing becase they are really expensive!

Post # 12
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Tip for packing: Febreeze your fabrics before, and they’ll be fresh & ready for use after. You don’t want to unpack your pillows/comforter/curtains/etc. in your new place and still smell your old one — and really, doing any laundry the first week of moving is never gonna happen.

Tip for unpacking: Think before you do. It’s tempting to just get things out of boxes and put away somewhere, but when you’re in a new space, it’s hard to know where things will go until you’ve lived there for a bit. Think about how and what you use in order of frequency (from where you used to live) and settle your stuff into comfortably accessible places.

Also: buy one new thing for the house that says “home” to you. A candle in a familiar scent, a picture, even a front door welcome mat — it sounds so silly, but when you’re exhausted from moving and unpacking, it’s the little things that make you feel that all the effort is worthwhile.

Post # 13
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mix sweaters or blankets with books – great for the bee who has a ton of books.  Or books and DVDs, make sure to do half and half so the boxes aren’t super happy.

I packed dishware in with towels for safe transport.

Pack up what you aren’t using now first.

If you are moving yourselves (not using movers), do the heaviest stuff first, like furniture, then boxes.  You’ll be tired by the end and will NOT want to move your mattress in last.

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