If you’ve lived in a major city (especially New York) for any amount of time, you know that moving is the absolute worst. It can be a total nightmare between packing, arranging a rental truck, physically moving your stuff, and not getting a parking ticket. The good news is that there are lots of moving tips and tricks that you can use to make the process a bit easier. We’ve scoured social media to find some of the most creative moving tips you can use for your next move.
While there are literally thousands of supposed hacks out there, here are the ones that are actually helpful.
Moving Tip #1: Take it slow
If possible, don’t rush your move. Instead, pack a couple of boxes a night or set a timer and pack for 1 hour a day. This will help minimize feeling overwhelmed by the move. This can be done with unpacking too.
Moving Tip #2: Reuse boxes
Need boxes for your move? Rather than hunting at the back of shops or shelling lots of cash at the office supply store, check out your local Facebook Marketplace to see if anyone is getting rid of moving boxes. You may even be able to get them for free just by taking them off someone else’s hands.
Moving Tip #3: Close out contracts early
Take the time to send out notices of your move to your utility companies before you move. This will help keep you from getting charged for utilities on your old apartment after you’ve already moved into a new one. Plus, it’s one thing off your to-do list when moving into your new place.
Moving Tip #4: Pack a bag
Pack all the essentials you’ll need the first one or two nights in your new place, so you don’t have to dig through boxes or run out and get duplicates.
Moving Tip #5: Color code it
Label all your boxes with colored stickers according to which room they belong in, or for a step further, the area of the room. Just remember to label the side of the box so you can still see it even if the boxes are stacked. Make the job even easier by color-coding a floor plan of your new apartment, so you know where to put each box when you’re unpacking.
Moving Tip #6: Keep your place
Losing the end of the packing tape is the worst! Prevent this by simply sticking a paperclip to the tape when you are done using it, and always remember to double tape!
Moving Tip #7: Pack by weight
Pack your heaviest items, such as books, in a wheelie suitcase or small boxes to keep your boxes manageable. This will help you make sure you don’t make boxes too heavy to lift.
Moving Tip #8: Avoid tangles
If you’re packing jewelry, string your necklaces through straws to keep them from getting tangled. Also, the best way to transport jewelry is in something small (such as a purse). This helps prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle or slipping through any creases in boxes.
Moving Tip #9: Trash bags are your friend
When it comes to moving hanging clothes, garbage bags are a popular hack. But, rather than cut a hole in the bottom, use the bag right side up, hooking the strings over the coat hangers. This way, you can reuse the garbage bag, and your clothes safely get to their new destination.
Moving Tip #10: Keep silverware in line
Most of the time, when we pack, we tend to dump all of the silverware into a box. But what if there was an easier way? Simply take plastic wrap and wrap it around your silverware organizer to keep all of your silverware in place during the move. Plus, it keeps it clean, and you don’t have to rewash it before putting it away.
Moving Tip #11: DIY it
Save money on Space Saver bags by making your own. All you need is a garbage bag and a vacuum cleaner. Place your clothes, bedding, or pillows in the garbage bag. Then stick the vacuum hose in the bag, wrapping the bag tightly around the hose. Then simply tie a knot in the garbage bag. You can then easily pack these in boxes, letting you move more stuff in less space. Plus, you can reuse the garbage bags at your new place.
Moving Tip #12: Spark joy
Marie Kondo your place while you pack. If it doesn’t bring you joy, leave it behind. Don’t drag it to your new apartment only to take up space and collect dust. Give it a new home. If it’s clothing in good condition, consider selling it on Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace. If it’s furniture, resell it on a site like AptDeco.
Moving Tip #13: Take photo evidence
Get your electronics back up and running quickly by taking a photo of all wires before you unplug them. This will help you know exactly which wires go where so your system is back up and running in no time. You can do this for other things to! Take photos of areas you have decorated in a specific way, like a bookshelf, so you can redecorate the same way.
Moving Tip #14: Measure everything!
Is your current furniture too big for your new space? Always measure your furniture and new space to ensure it will fit. Don’t forget to measure the doorways too. If not, sell your furniture on AptDeco. Not only will you get a bit of cash to fund your move, but AptDeco will also deal with disassembling your furniture and moving it to its new home for you! These measurements will also help when buying new furniture.
Moving Tip #15: Disassemble in style
When disassembling furniture, take a photo of it before you touch it. You may also want to take some in-between shots to know exactly how to put it back together again. Also, Keep any small screws or pieces in a labeled ziplock bag.
Moving Tip #16: Slide your furniture
Invest in furniture sliders for moving heavy furniture and appliances. All you have to do is slip one under each foot of the piece of furniture, and you can easily slide it along the floor. Keep in mind that this won’t help you with the steps but can simplify part of the process. If you don’t want to spend any more money, layer up some cardboard or lay cardboard down on the path you’ll take with your furniture to make it a bit easier.
Moving Tip #17: Keep hardware safe
Moving a chest of drawers? Simply swap the hardware to the inside of the drawers. Use packing tape to make a temporary pull tab to open the drawers again. Then wrap it up with cling wrap or a moving blanket with moving bands to protect your furniture and safely transport it in one piece.
Moving Tip #18: Wheel it out
Don’t risk scratching the floors of your apartment (bye-bye deposit). Instead, use a dolly whenever you can. If you don’t have access to a furniture dolly, consider investing in a shoulder dolly which can help make lifting heavy furniture a bit easier on your back.
Moving Tip #19: Keep corners safe
Getting your security deposit back means not having any holes in the wall. Make the job easy by putting putty in a ziplock bag and cutting the corner. Smooth out with the included putty knife or just a plastic knife. An old pastry bag would also work.
Moving Tip #20: Breathe!
Perhaps the most important of all tips is to remember to breathe. It’s just a move and not the end of the world. So take a deep breath and keep breathing.
Once you get to your new home, find all the furniture and home decor that you need on AptDeco. Not only will you make your new home look fantastic, but you’ll also give new life and purpose to furniture looking for a new home.
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