No matter how you slice it, moving is exhausting. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking an entire house is the worst.
Yet there are ways you can cut down on all that aggravation, effort, and anxiety. Here’s a few pro tips that can help during your next move to or from Albuquerque.
Do a Pre-Pack Photo Shoot
Here’s an idea that can save your memory and sanity. Trying to remember where all those cords go and how you had your bookshelf looking so good can get mind-numbing when you mix it in with the rest of the process.
Save yourself some grief by taking pre-packing photos of all those things that were hard to arrange int he first place, so you won’t have to figure it out again. With photos in hand, you’ll be able to recreate it all in record time.
Corral Cords With Toilet Paper Rolls
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find extension cords when you need them during a move. You know you’ve seen them laying around, but where?
When you pack, wind up each cord in a 6-inch coil, then insert it in a toilet paper roll. You’ll have lots more room in the box, and no tangled mess to unpack later. Just remember to clearly label the box!
Create a “Moving Toolbox”
Keep all your moving tools, such as your Sharpies, packing tape, box cutter and such together in a “moving toolbox” that you can take from room to room as you pack. This will keep you from misplacing small essential items when your house is full of boxes.
Tape Appliance Cords to Their Homes
You could be exploring your new neighborhood, but you’re too busy trying to find the right power cord for your appliances.
You can save more time by taping the plug to the appliance it belongs to. Then go get a taco on the corner with your reclaimed time.
Use Your Towels, Blankets as Packing Materials
Another way moving day gets frustratingly extended? Your third trip to the store to buy more bubble wrap.
Kudos on treating your breakables with care, you don’t need the store-bought stuff. Pot holders, oven mitts, and even those old paper and plastic grocery bags you were planning to recycle make great packing materials. Also consider towels, pillows, blankets, the kids’ stuffed animals — whatever’s soft!
If you’re paying movers, really get your money’s worth by making it easy for them to deposit every box in the right room.
Assign a color to each room, then mark that color on the outside of each box. Before movers arrive, add the correct color label to each room’s door. They’ll love the simplicity, and you’ll love not having to haul everything that was supposed to go in the office out of the playroom.
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