Since my husband and I were married five and a half years ago, we have moved five times. Yes, you read that correctly, five times in five and a half years! Needless to say, I feel like I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to moving now. After much trial and error I have come to learn some of the best tricks and hacks to make moving much easier, more organized, and smoother. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be stressful and exhausting, but these doing this little tricks will certainly make it easier on you and your family.
1. Downsize By Donating & Throwing Away
One of the most important things to do before moving is to go through everything that you have and clean house. Donate or throw away anything that you don’t need anymore or don’t use. I know this is hard for some people, but trust me the more you get rid of, the less you have to pack, move, and unpack. If you haven’t used it for 6 months, chances are you’re not going to use it again. Try to donate as much as possible so as to eliminate waste. You can also put things out on your lawn with a “free” sign on it. You’ll be surprised how quickly those items will disappear.
2. Tie Garbage Bags Around Your Clothes
Instead of taking all your clothes off the hangers, packing them in boxes, then re-hanging them back up when you get to your new place, leave them on the hangers! The best way to transport them this way is to take garbage bags and while the clothes are still hanging, pull the bags up and around a handful of clothes, then tie the bag off at the top just below the hook of the hanger. This way, they can still hang up until the day you move, and can easily be moved into the new closets.
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3. Don’t Unpack Your Drawers
I know that probably sounds crazy, but trust me, it’s not. If you unpack all the drawers in your home think about all the extra boxes you will need to buy and move in order to pack all those things. They are already packed in the drawers, so keep them that way. When you’re ready to move the furniture with drawers in it, simply remove the drawers so the piece is lighter to carry, then put all the drawers back in once it’s in the moving truck. This not only creates a lot less boxes for you, but it also keeps things organized in all your drawers. You won’t need to repack all the drawers once you move it, they will just be ready to use when you’re in your new place.