General Moving Tips
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- Moving is an opportunity to organize and purge. Make “donate,” “pitch,” and “sell” piles in each room for belongings you no longer want or need.
- Arrange for a charity to come pick up items you plan to donate at the end of your packing schedule.
- Paper is heavy and there is no need to move junk mail or outdated documents. Shred paper with personal information and send it all to the recycling bin.
- Packing can become a trip down memory lane. Resist the temptation and get items packed rather than reminiscing. You’ll have plenty of time to go back and leisurely sift through your belongings after the move.
- Create a moving binder with plastic sleeves for all your important moving information. It will be your go-to guide on moving day.
- There is no need to pack a can of beans that expired two years ago. Throw out expired pantry items that are past their prime.
Best Moving Tips
- Begin by packing rooms and items that you use the least. A guest room, out-of-season clothing, or bulk items are safe bets.
- Create packing zones in each room. You’ll need a place for empty moving boxes and supplies, a space for packed moving boxes, a giveaway pile, a packing area, and enough space to walk between the zones.
- Keep supplies close at hand by wearing a tool belt or apron with pockets that hold tape, scissors, markers, labels, and a small notebook for jotting down reminders.
- Give items a once-over with a microfiber cloth as you are putting them in boxes. If you dust as you pack, your belongings will be clean when you unpack them.
- Don’t use flimsy moving boxes that are likely to break under pressure. Invest in a variety of double-ply cardboard boxes that will protect your belongings and hold up to the moving process.
- Use smaller boxes for heavier items and remember to pack each box with the heaviest items at the bottom.
- Purchase large stacks of newsprint packing paper for wrapping most of your possessions. It doesn’t leave any black marks like regular newspaper and provides excellent cushioning.
- Use colored tissue paper to wrap small items. Brightly colored wrapping helps small items stand out so they don’t get thrown away.
- Moving Boxes should be completely filled or they may get crushed or dented during the move. Use packing material to fill corners and empty space. / Moving Tips: Get Free Moving Boxes 847-470-9900
- Remember to purchase mattress bags or ask our Chicago movers to provide them on moving day. You don’t want to end up spending your first night on a dirty mattress.
- Purchase large furniture bags or plastic wrapping to protect your upholstered pieces if you are doing the move yourself. This might save your sofa if it gets splashed by a muddy puddle on the way to the moving van. / Moving Tips: Use Top Class Moving 847-470-9900.
- Give your Moving boxes a shake before sealing them. If you feel things sliding around or rattling, add more packing material.
- Large frames with glass should be placed in a special frame box that protects the edges as well as the glass. Make an X with masking tape across the glass to hold glass together in case it breaks in transit.
- Use wardrobe boxes to keep clothes hanging and wrinkle-free. Many moving companies will let your rent wardrobe boxes as long as you return them in good shape. / Moving Tips: Call 847-470-9900 to get Free Moving Boxes
- Dish barrel boxes are extra-strong cardboard boxes meant to hold the heavy weight of dishes. When you are arranging dishes in these boxes, pack them on their sides, not flat like in a cupboard./ Moving Tips: Dish Pack Box is the best Moving Box That You May Use
- Keep pillows, clothing, or other textiles pristine by putting them in clear garbage bags before placing them in boxes. Don’t use dark garbage bags for moving items as you might accidentally mistake them for garbage.
- Use sealable plastic bags for all of your bathroom lotions and potions. Liquid toiletries can leak and the last thing you want is to unpack a soggy cardboard box.
- Use a top layer of packing material to protect items in a box from getting sliced when you go to open the box with a utility knife.
- Pack a suitcase for you and each family member like you’re going on vacation (even if you are just moving around the block). Your family will be able to live out of suitcases until all of their possessions are unpacked.
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