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5 Helpful Tips for Packing to Move

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Moving can be a very exciting time. It’s a fresh start in a new space. You might be moving into your dream neighborhood, or making plans for lots of new furniture, or maybe a new job has you on an exciting adventure in a new city. There are so many changes that have you ready to get started with life in your new space.


But before you get too far ahead of yourself, remember you still have to get out of your old house. Packing can be stressful and exhausting. Unpacking can actually be worse. We have some tips on how to make this part of the moving experience run a little smoother so you can spend the first night in your new home with a smile.


Make priority boxes. Set aside a few boxes that are clearly marked PRIORITY. You can write on them with a red marker or tape them up with neon tape. Just make sure you can easily identify them in the sea of boxes that is about to take over your home.


In these boxes, you’ll want to pack the things you’ll need the most to get through that first night and morning. The following are a list of our suggestions:


  • Pillows and blankets/sleeping bags
  • A few bath towels and washcloths
  • Wine/Bottle opener (optional)
  • Cups for water/wine
  • Coffee pot/coffee/coffee cups
  • Baby items (if needed)


Make a valuables box. Make one box very clearly marked for you to know it is valuables, but avoid writing VALUABLES on it. You don’t want it to disappear because your label tempted someone. Perhaps you could label it PERSONAL. This is a box you’ll want to keep with you in your car. Do not put this on a moving truck. You should personally handle this box and make sure it arrives safely at your new home. In this box you’ll want to include (but not limited to) the following:


  • Important documents – wills, passports, birth certificates, SS cards, etc.
  • Cash
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Family heirlooms
  • Priceless keepsakes


Eliminate possible disasters. Movers will not pack liquids, perishable, or corrosives—you shouldn’t either. Make sure all of your boxes are free of these items. You would hate to unpack a box and find out everything inside is ruined because one of these items was packed and spilled or spoiled.


Label smart. Create a labeling system for your boxes. Label them by the room they will go in at the new house. Before boxes are unloaded at the new house, make signs for each room that coincide with the labels on your boxes. This will allow anyone bringing in a box to put it in the correct room making unpacking much easier for you. Also, make sure to designate a spot for your PRIORITY and VALUABLES boxes. You’ll want these to be easily accessible when it’s time to settle in for the night.


Toss it. As you begin cleaning out cabinets and closets to pack, you’ll undoubtedly come across things you haven’t used in years. Chances are if you didn’t use them at the old house, you won’t use them at the new house. Free yourself of the hassle and expense of moving them. Go ahead and just toss or donate those items.


Moving is stressful. Make things easier on yourself with these easy tips. Best of luck in your new adventure!