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10 Quick Packing Tips to Make Your Life Easier

It’s estimated that 14.19 percent of Americans move each year. People aged 18 through 34 make up the majority of the people moving. Hundreds of thousands of these people will struggle with the moving process, simply because they are unprepared. Whether you believe it or not, packing and moving can be done fairly quickly if you do it right.

1.Linens

Save room, and boxes, by using your linens as packing material. Instead of using wadded up newspaper, use bed sheets to take up extra room in boxes. Use towels to wrap fragile items, and use pillow cases in instances that you would use bags.

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2.Totes

If your local big box store has a sale and plastic totes are included, buy plenty. You can use these totes to pack, and then use them for storage in your new house.

3.Saran Wrap

Saran wrap is an amazing thing. Not only is it handy in the kitchen, but it’s a terrific packing tool. Open your closets, move all of your hanging clothes to the middle, and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. All you have to do is throw your clothes in your trunk, hang them in your new closet and cut off the wrap.

4.Labels

Everyone knows that you should label the outside of your boxes. Take it one step further; on the outside of the box, write the room that the box belongs in. Put a piece of colored tape on the box. On a sheet of notebook paper, write down the contents of the box along with the box’s assigned color. This prevents you from having to search through every box for what you’re looking for later.

5.Space Bags

You’ve seen the infomercials for Space Bags but have hesitated to order them. If you’re moving, buy some of these wonderful bags. Use them to turn puffy comforters and pillows to flat pancakes, ready to toss into the truck.

6.Large Breakables

If you must pack breakables in a moving truck, pack them last. Remember that last in equals first out. If you have a large television to move or other items that you’d rather not seen broken, wrap them well and load them onto the truck last. This prevents them from being banged around as you are unpacking the truck.

7.Open-Me Box

Everyone should pack a box full of the things they’ll need right away. Paper plates, plastic utensils, drinking cups, a first-aid kit, basic tools and even a blanket or two should be placed inside of your “Open Me” box. This box will be invaluable on your first night if you can’t force yourself to unpack everything else.

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8.Don’t Pack It

If you haven’t used it in the last six to 12 months, don’t pack it. Instead, donate it, throw it away or recycle it. It makes no sense to pack things that you don’t use anymore.

9.Organize It

Organize as you pack. Have you been thinking that you’d like to separate your clothes by season but haven’t gotten around to it? Do it as you pack. Have you wanted to organize your kitchen cupboards? Do it as you pack. When you unpack, your things will be perfectly organized.

10.Installations

If you are going to put in lazy Susans, closet organizers, or garage shelves, do it before you move if you are able. Doing this will allow you to unpack more quickly and keep yourself organized.

Moving is stressful no matter what you do. The better you pack, the less stressful the entire situation will be. Use these tips to keep yourself from getting overly anxious in the days before your move.

5 quick travel packing tips

We are all guilty for over packing when it comes to going on holiday, especially if heading away for more than a few days. If you have a multi centre holiday planned for this year or in 2014, and need to pack strategically, make sure that you read these five quick packing tips to help save you time, avoid the excess baggage fare and enjoy a stress-free trip.

Plan – Before starting to organise your bags, check your weight restrictions and luggage allowance. Lists are not for losers so write down everything that you may need. If apps are more your way, then splash out £1.99 on ‘Packing Pro’  a handy app that will prevent you from ever forgetting your toothbrush or passport again. Tell the app where you are going, how long for, who with and any weight restrictions. In return it provides a list of items to pack split into sections and with the option to email out to friends and family.

Roll and cram – Rolling is the new folding. Avoid creases and utilise all of the space in your suitcase with this tried and tested technique. Cram underwear and socks into shoes to take up wasted space and fit jewellery into any gaps. If you have a tailored piece that turn up creased, simply hang in a steamy bathroom and once damp shake out and lightly reshape.

Small toiletries – Downsize the toiletries and take only what you need. Seems pretty obvious, but invest in small cosmetic bottles and decanter only what you need. Another tip that is worth keeping in mind is starting a collection of travel-sized soaps and shampoos from hotel stays – especially if travelling hand luggage with limited liquid allowance. Also, always use a bag for toiletries – toothpaste stained trousers is never a good look.

Colour coordinate – Lay out your clothes and choose items that will work together. Not only does this ease confusion when away, but also means you won’t be lugging around clothes that you will never end up wearing. Accessories are also a great investment that can effortlessly create a new outfit. Choose a statement piece of jewellery or colorful scarf to spice up the trustworthy little black dress with ease.

Travel wash – Instead of taking the whole underwear draw, simply pack a tube of travel wash. Cut down the quantity of clothes needed by simply doing a little laundry in the sink – extremely useful if you have booked a twin centre holiday and travelling for long amounts of time.