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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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

Relocating Across the Country? A Mover’s Checklist

Ask any person who has moved across the country, or even to another state, and they will tell you how stressful it is. With the proper planning and organization, your move can be as hassle-free as possible. Here’s a mover’s checklist to get you started on your journey:

moving day

1.The Vehicle

The first thing to determine is how you will get yourself, your pets and your belongings to your new home. If you have a large truck or SUV, you may want to purchase a hitch and trailer and carry your own things. If you have a smaller car, renting a U-Haul is the better idea. Alternatively, if you are packing lights and have a few good friends, there’s nothing wrong with turning your move into an adventure to share with those close to you.


According to the people at PODS, the company that makes those amazing moving containers, it’s important to start getting yourself packed about six weeks before your big move. This gives you enough time to pack slowly and carefully while purging yourself of the things you don’t need any longer. When you pack, make sure to label or color code boxes. Doing this makes it much easier to get your new place in order when you arrive.

3.Important Documents

Don’t make the mistake that so many people do: packing your important documents. Instead, gather everything, put it in a manila envelope and carry it with you. Your birth certificate, identification cards, insurance policies, passport, vehicle registration, and any other important paperwork should be kept near your person at all times. In fact, you’d be doubly safe to make a copy of each just in case.

moving day


Four week ahead of your move, make arrangements to have your current utilities turned off and your new ones turned on. This will ensure that you can pay final bills before you leave, and that you’ll have light to turn on when you arrive. You may be able to transfer accounts if you will be staying with the same company. For example, if you currently have cable and the same provider is located in your new city, ask about transferring service instead of canceling and restarting it.

5.Change of Address

Just a couple of weeks before you’re ready to leave for good, go down to the post office and fill out a change of address form. Contact the company’s that holds your loans and inform them of your new address. Transfer your bank accounts or, if a transfer is not possible, close your accounts and open new ones online. Send an email to all of your friends and relatives informing them of your new address. If you subscribe to any magazines or newspapers, either have them stopped or have them sent to your new home.

There’s little you can do to take all of the stress from a cross-country move. With the right planning and organization, you can make it as hassle-free as possible. Use these tips to make your move as easy as possible.