A Seller’s Complete List of Packing Tips, Tricks, and Other Hacks
No matter if you’re moving to or from an apartment, house, condo, or other space, packing is a necessary part of the process. To help make it less stressful, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to make your move a breeze.
General packing tips
- Declutter and donate before moving to save space. Not only does this save space, but you won’t have to move as much stuff either.
- Create a number system or a spreadsheet to help stay organized.
- Use smaller boxes for heavier items so they’re easier to carry.
- Ask local businesses for their empty boxes so you don’t pay a fortune on storage supplies.
- Pack hollow items with other items to save space. Use pots and pans to store spices or other kitchen knick knacks.
- Label your fragile boxes!
- Label all of your boxes on the tops and sides so you can read the contents from any angle. Also, add a brief description of the items inside.
- Use color coded tape to color coordinate your boxes. Use green tape to indicate kitchen boxes or blue for the bathroom etc.
- Get rid of boxes as you empty them to free up space in your new place.
- Use suitcases for heavy items, particularly books. The handles and wheels will make moving these things loads easier.
- Put all of your hanging clothes into large trash bags to make transport 10x easier.
- When packing folded clothes, roll them to maximize space.
- Put your toaster in a bag or its own small box to prevent a mess of crumbs.
- Put a fitted sheet on both sides of mattresses so they don’t get dirty during the move.
- Wrap sheets and pillowcases around furniture and secure with rubber bands to prevent scuffs.
- Put paper towels or styrofoam plates between dishes for extra protection during your move.
- Use socks to wrap your breakables. Bubble wrap, tissue paper, old newspapers and magazines, and dust rags can also be used to pack fragile items.
- Flat art? Place inside, and then label, mail envelopes.
- Plastic grocery bags are easy to add to any box to create extra cushioning.
- Keep a supply of Ziploc bags on hand to gather last minute knick knacks and miscellaneous items like screws and nails, keys, or knobs.
- If you disassemble anything, put the items in a Ziploc bag and tape it to the pieces so nothing gets separated.
- Fill a hamper with moving supplies. This way you can find tools like a hammer or painter’s tape easily when packing/unpacking.
- Pack a cooler so drinks and snacks are readily available for when you need a break.
- Have a first aid kit nearby in case there are any accidents during the move.
Moving + packing hacks:
- Box with no handles? Use a boxcutter to cut holes into the side of boxes.
- Use plastic wrap to keep items together. Wrap it around a utensil tray to keep silverware in place. Or wrap it around dresser drawers so you don’t have to pack and unpack all of your folded clothes.
- Place plastic wrap underneath the caps of toiletries and screw the lids on to prevent leakage.
- Tie rubber bands around a set of door knobs so you don’t get locked out.
- Rubber bands are also great for keeping lids and pots together.
- Put knives inside of oven mitts to keep the sharp edges covered.
- Take pictures of your electronics so you know which cords go with what.
- Take pictures of the inside of boxes to easily reference what’s inside of them to avoid digging through 10 boxes to find what you need.
- Use masking tape to make an X over glass items like mirrors to prevent them from breaking.
- Cover razors with binder clips to prevent knicks and other cuts during the move.
- Keep cords of electronics and appliances tidy and organized by putting them inside of empty toilet paper rolls.
- Clasp your necklaces and other long jewelry around empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls so they don’t get tangled.
- Or use an empty egg carton to keep jewelry separate and prevent pieces from getting tangled.
- Put cotton balls inside of your makeup compacts to prevent breakage during transport.
- Liquor boxes are great for moving drinkware or pairs of shoes.
- Use pool noodles to cover the edges of picture frames or mirrors so they don’t get scuffed.
Loading and Unpacking:
- The first boxes you want to unpack in your new space should be the last ones loaded into a truck or car.
- Place all boxes and items into their designated room before unpacking.
- Unpack one room at a time so items don’t get messed up or out of place.
- The first thing to do upon arrival at your new destination is make the bed. That way, after a long day of moving, you can crawl into bed and crash.
- Another thing to unpack the first day is a shower curtain so you can shower after a long day of physical labor.
- Place towels under your furniture so you don’t ruin the floors.
Commonly Overlooked Parts of Packing and Moving:
- Stop buying groceries a week out. This way you don’t have leftovers or other food to worry about throwing away.
- Defrost your fridge a day or two before you move out so you don’t have to deal with condensation and weird smells the day of.
- If you can, clean your new bathroom(s) before you move in so they’re all bright, white, and ready to use.
- Important items, such as prescriptions, should be kept in a purse or on a person to be easily found when needed.
- Pack an overnight bag so you can have clean clothes and a toothbrush and toothpaste at your fingertips and you won’t have to rummage through 10 boxes just to find some pajamas.
- Don’t forget to change your address for your subscriptions and other mail.
- Set up your utilities in your new place and cancel the ones in your current space.