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Packing For a Move

Jon and I have made three moves together, plus the combined seven before we knew each other, so you could say I know what I'm talking about when it comes to packing for a move. I have compiled some of our best tips, and hope it helps for a less stressful move for you!

Tip #1: Start Collecting Boxes Early

About 1-2 weeks before your move, start reaching out to friends, family, and even stores near you for extra boxes. Stores are a GREAT resource that many do not think of, but the fact is, many have leftover boxes they are going to get rid of or recycle. Many stores will even give you the boxes for FREE!

Tip #2: Don't Unhang Your Clothes!

Unless you want to take all your clothes off the hanger, fold them, and then rehang once you get into your new place, keep them on their hangers! I simply take about 10 hangers and tie a garbage bag around them. That way, you are able to just rip off the bag and hang them right back up! Another great idea is to simply keep them on the closet rod, group them in bags, and take the entire rod with you. (Replace the rod before leaving)

Tip # 3: Clean the Stove and Fridge

So you have already cleaned the entire house, but left a couple last minute chores that you can finish quickly before leaving. Sounds like a great idea, right? WRONG! Those little chores can end up taking hours, when you only planned on 30 minutes. Believe me when I say, make sure the fridge and stove are cleaned ahead of time. You never realize how dirty something is until it is completely empty!

Tip #4: Take a Picture of Your Electronics And Their Hookups

I cannot tell you how many times we took hours trying to figure out how to set everything up again. (okay, mostly me, but still). You never realize how many plugs and cords there are until you are stuck staring at your tv trying to figure everything out.

Extra Tip: keep cords in ziplock bags, labeled, and taped to its dedicated electronic, OR, keep in a separate "cord" box.

Tip #5: Pack An Overnight Bag

The first thing you pack and shove in your car should be an overnight bag. Make sure you have all your essentials: toothbrush, toiletries, extra clothes, PHONE CHARGER, etc. Be sure to also put any expensive electronics such as a tablet or laptop in this bag as well.

Tip #6: Have An "Unpacking Box"

Have a small box filled with scissors, hammer and other small tools, tape, dusting sheets, box cutter, etc.

Tip #7: Bring Snacks

Make sure to pack snacks for two reasons: Reason 1 - for the car ride. Reason 2 - for when you get to your destination. There is nothing worse than getting to your new home and realizing you have nothing to snack on.

Tip #8: Box Items By Room:

Cut down on confusion by packing your boxes according to room. This will also help with organizing once you are in your new home. Simply put the boxes in their designated areas, and unpack as necessary.

Tip #9: Label

This might be extremely obvious, but I cannot make this list without including it! Label EVERYTHING! It can be as simple as the designated room, to the items inside the box. Just label!

Good luck on your move, and hopefully this helps!

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