If you’re looking for ways to make your upcoming move as easy as possible, you can find a near-endless list of moving hacks online. And although there’s no shortage of recommendations for simplifying your move, not all of the hacks you’ll read about are worth implementing.
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we’ve been helping Twin Cities residents with all of their moving needs for over 60 years. Since we’ve had decades to figure out what actually works, we’re sharing a few genius tips and tricks with you today. Use these moving hacks as you prepare for your looming relocation, and you might be surprised at just how much easier the process ends up being.
Pack an Essentials Bag or an “Open-First” Box
You’re bound to be exhausted on your first night in your new home. After a full day of traveling, unpacking, and doing everything else that goes into a move, the last thing you need is to not have something you need on hand. Packing an essentials bag solves this issue entirely.
Your essentials bag should contain everything you’d normally take on a brief vacation. A few things you’ll want to stuff in there include:
● Sheet set and blanket for your first sleep in your new house
● Toothbrush and toothpaste
● Shower curtain
● Extra chargers
● Pajamas and a change of daytime clothes
● Basic first-aid kit
● Paper supplies, aka toilet paper and paper towels
Think about all the things you’d normally use in the course of the evening and in the course of your normal morning routine. Whatever you can think of, pack it. Otherwise, you’ll end up digging forever and making a huge mess just to find that one thing at the bottom of the 14th box you open up.
Use the Trash-Bag-and-Hanger Trick
Want to keep your clothes clean during your move? Use this trick. It keeps your clothing organized in small bundles and prevents you from having to remove it from the hangers before transport. Here’s what you need to do:
● While your clothes are still in the closet (before you pack), use a rubber band to secure about 15 hangers together.
● Grab a trashbag and cut a smallish hole in the bottom.
● Stick your hand through the hole and grab the hanger hooks you just rubberbanded together.
● Flip the trashbag over top of all of the clothes, making sure the hanger hooks stick up through the hole.
● Tie the bag at the opening, making sure all of the clothes are tucked inside.
Packing and transporting your clothes like this is an excellent way to keep them clean and organized. Of course, if your hiring professional movers and packers, you won’t need to worry about packing your own clothes, but this hack is great for packing for vacations too!
Use Linens to Protect Breakable Items
If you’re hiring professional movers and packers, don’t worry about this one. If you’re conducting a DIY move, this is for you. To save a little on your moving expenses, use the soft linens you have around the house to wrap your breakables and provide cushioning inside your moving boxes.
You can use towels, sweaters, blankets, and whatever else you have lying around. You’ll be packing your fragile items and linens at the same time, which will cut down on the number of boxes and protective packing materials you’ll need to purchase.
Label the Sides, Not the Tops, of Your Moving Boxes
If your first instinct is to write “kitchen” or “bathroom” on the top of your moving boxes, stop yourself before you do it. Instead, write your labels on the sides of your boxes so that when you stack multiple boxes on top of one another, you can still see what they contain.
If you’re opting for full packing services, your movers and packers will take care of this for you. It’s a great tip to keep in mind, though, in case you ever do your own packing in the future.
Don’t Empty Your Dresser Drawers
If you have dresser drawers full of clothes, don’t make a bunch of unnecessary, extra work for yourself while you pack. Leave the clothing in the dresser drawers just the way it is and load those full drawers into the moving truck. When you get to your new house and move your empty dresser into your room, just slide the full drawers back where they go. Easy peasy.
Use Suitcases & Baskets to Pack
If you’re not hiring a moving company to handle your packing, purchasing a bunch of packing supplies can get pricey in a hurry. But you won’t need to purchase nearly as many boxes when you use the items you already have around your house.
If you have suitcases, laundry baskets, totes, or anything else that’s relatively large and empty, you can use those items as makeshift boxes. You’ll need to transport those things anyway, so why not fill them up to maximize space and save a little cash?
Attach Screws, Bolts, and Cords to the Items They Belong To
Realizing you don’t have the screws, washers, bolts, cords, or connectors you need to assemble something after your move is the worst. Fortunately, avoiding this problem is super simple: Put those items in a small bag and tape them to the back of the item they belong to.
You’ll know exactly where everything is as you unpack and you eliminate the possibility of not having what you need to reassemble your belongings. Check out our top tips for packing electronics too!
Get a Quote From Rochester Professional Movers Today
Ready to hire professional movers to make your upcoming relocation as low stress as possible? Reach out to our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing today! Since 1958, we've provided a wide variety of moving services for residents throughout Rochester and the surrounding areas. From full packing services and climate-controlled storage solutions to appliance moving, furniture moving, custom crating, and more, whatever you need for your move, we’ve got you covered.
To learn more about how we can help with your upcoming relocation, feel free to call our Rochester office today at 507-288-3341 or request a fast quote online. Got any questions? Send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!