Moving & Packing Tips

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Who can't use some moving tips when they're packing up their whole life for a new home?

Make a list. Write everything down! You'll thank yourself later Have plenty of supplies. You'll need LOTS of boxes--probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! Utilize wardrobe boxes.perfect for bulky, lightweight items as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Strategize wardrobe box use. We will be happy to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day.
if you're doing the packing yourself, get things organized as early as possible.or even few days before your move, try to color coordinate. Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colored stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home put a matching sticker on the door to each room. Keep things together. Insist on keeping things together when you are packing boxes.
Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes. To keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit.
Keep larger corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in resealable bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item. As a backup, have a "Parts Box" open on the kitchen counter and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, or nails that are removed from any items of furniture.
Keep this box with you, or mark it well with a rainbow of colored stickers so it can be easily located on move-in day. Pack ahead. Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day.
If it's summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. You don't really need 5 radios or TV's around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two.
Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials.
Wastebaskets can also be packed (put things in them!) while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.)

Consolidate cleaning supplies.If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.) and if possible vacuum each room as movers empty it.

Use your luggage.Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.
Even for local moves you'll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favorite sweaters.

Safeguard valued items. It's a good idea to keep valuable possessions with you. such as jewelry and money!

Keep important papers with you.Your list of "important" papers might include: birth certificates, social security cards, passports, and leases. keep these with you so they don't end up being misplaced

Personal boxes.Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person.
Let each family member fill theirs with items they'll want 'right away' in the new home . a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, handhelds, video games , and travel cosmetic case, and so on.