Getting Ready to Move? 18 Packing Hacks You Need to Know

(May 17, 2016) / by Marcie Bissell

Packing_Hacks.jpgHave you ever noticed how you seem to magically gain more possessions when you're preparing to move? Packing is normally as pleasant as getting a root canal, but it doesn't have to be quite so painful. We've assembled a list of some easy and surprising hacks to smooth the way as you get ready to move into one of our luxury Springs Apartments homes.

Kitchen

  • The kitchen is the hardest room to pack, so start there. Once that's done, it will be easier to face the rest of the job
  • Kill two birds with one stone by using sheets and towels to wrap dishes. Another option is to separate them with styrofoam plates
  • Empty wine boxes make great containers for glassware
  • Pack cleaning supplies and other liquids together to avoid disaster in case of spills or leaks
  • Defrost the refrigerator a day or two ahead so you don't have to deal with last-minute leaks or nasty odors

Clothes and Accessories

  • Get more clothes into less space by rolling them up instead of folding them
  • Pack hanging clothes in seconds by zip-tying a group of hangers and placing a trash bag over them
  • Move dressers intact by using plastic wrap to seal the drawers closed

Bedroom

  • Keep mattresses clean by covering each side with a fitted sheet
  • Place pillows and blankets in trash bags. Use them as a buffer around fragile items in the moving truck

Electronics

  • Take pictures of equipment so you can get everything hooked up quickly in your new home
  • Pack cords in empty toilet paper cores
  • If you don't have the original box for your big-screen TV, cover the screen with towels or bubble wrap and secure with packing tape. Use more tape and a box cutter to build a custom-sized box

General Tips

  • Stay organized with free apps like MoveAdvisor and State Farm's MoveTools. Both are available for Android and iOS and include features like checklists, timelines and household inventories
  • Pack books and other heavy items in suitcases
  • Use adhesive dots or duct tape to color-code boxes. It's quicker than writing and easier to identify at a glance. Be sure to mark boxes on the side instead of the top so they're visible when stacked up
  • Cut triangles or rectangles out of the sides of boxes for makeshift handles
  • Fill a basket with box knives, labels, tape, scissors and any other packing supplies you need so it's convenient to carry with you

Do you have a clever moving hack to share? Let us know in the comments!

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