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The Only 5 Moving Hacks You Need to Pack Like a Pro

Moving can be incredibly stressful. When moving, you have a lot on your plate and can feel overwhelmed. Ask people the worst thing about moving and most will say packing their stuff. Packing is a time-consuming and tedious chore. Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil.

To help make packing and unpacking your items as smooth as possible, we have compiled a list of some packing and moving hacks. Take a look.

Start Packing At Least Six Weeks Before Moving

By waiting till the last moment to pack your items, you set yourself up for failure. If you procrastinate packing, several things can go wrong. You may have difficulty sourcing packing supplies and will have less time to develop a packing plan. Lack of planning can lead to packing mistakes, such as using the wrong packing material and overpacking the boxes.

To avoid the last-minute rush, start packing six weeks before moving day. During the first three weeks, declutter and purge and source packing materials. Use the next three weeks to pack your items. If you are moving on short notice, purge three days before moving day and use the next two days to gather packing supplies and pack your belongings.

If you have never moved home before and do not know how to pack moving boxes efficiently, seek advice from a residential mover near you.


The more items you have, the more it costs to move. Plus, you may end up spending more time handling your items. Before starting to pack your items, get rid of stuff you no longer need, such as old, faded curtains, unwanted dusty old books, old, stained rugs, chipped dishes and glasses, and damaged small appliances.

Come Up with Innovative Ways to Organize Packed Boxes

Before you put an item into a box, take its photo using your smartphone or tablet. For easy reference, give the box and the items that go into it the same name. You can also use a moving app designed to make moving more manageable and less stressful. Some moving apps allow you to create visual inventory lists for each box using photos of your items and printable QR code labels. When you scan the QR code label on a box, you get pictures of its content.

Organize Small Items

Put furniture screws, cords, and other small items in transparent Ziplock bags. Label items individually and then group them by gadget or device in labeled bags. You can reuse Ziplock bags to organize items once you settle into your new home.

Prevent Bottles Containing Liquids from Leaking

A liquid spill can damage your items, leaving you feeling frustrated. To prevent the liquid in a bottle from spilling, remove its cap and place a small plastic sheet wrap over the opening. Make sure there is no place for the liquid to escape and put the cap back on.

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