By Jamie Lohr
1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing!
2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.
3. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!
4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!
5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!
6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.
7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!
8. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.
9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.
12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.
13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!
15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!
17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.
18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!
19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.
20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.
Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.
22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!
23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.
This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.
26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.
The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!
28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.
The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.
29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.
Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.
30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!