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Moving Hacks Guaranteed to Make Packing a Breeze

When you first start the process of moving, it can seem as though you'll have everything packed in a jiffy. However, several hallway closets and under-the-bed storage containers later, and you'll quickly see that's not always the case.

While moving can be a daunting experience, there are several hacks you can try to get all your belongings from Point A to Point B without feeling completely overwhelmed.

Packing Up

Pack with a plan.

When looking at a fully furnished home, it can be tempting to throw anything that fits into boxes just to get it packed and out of the room. While that may speed up the moving out process, it’ll severely slow down move in day. Pack boxes by room — kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom, basement — so that you know exactly where everything goes when it’s time to move into your new home.

Don’t empty your dressers.

Dressers, nightstands, wardrobes, and pretty much any other cabinet-style furniture can be loaded into the moving truck as is because they’re basically already packed up. Just remember to tape drawers closed so that they don’t open during transit.

Pack your suitcases.

Save yourself the cost of a few boxes by filling your suitcases with clothes, shoes, and more miscellaneous objects that don’t quite fit in boxes.

Put your towels to good use.

Rather than pack a box full of towels, blankets, and pot holders, use them as you would bubble wrap. Secure lamps, ceramics, vases and any other delicate items with linens you already have on hand.

Pack everyday necessities last.

While you won’t need everything the first night in your new home, you’ll still need things like pajamas, toothbrushes, towels, and sneakers. While it may be tempting to pack those items first, that usually leads to them being placed in the very back of the truck — a place that will soon be hard to reach once furniture is loaded in. If you do pack necessities first, leave them off to the side or hidden in your car.

Moving Day

Be fully packed before the truck comes.

Packing as you fill up the moving truck is not only stressful, but it can lead to a lot of broken and misplaced items. Before the truck pulls up on the big day, have all of your boxes packed, taped, and ready to be picked up.

Call in those favors.

A few extra hands can be the difference between an all day move and a 3-hour one, so don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help!

Move In Day

Clean before you move in.

We can’t stress this enough — you have to clean your new home before moving anything in! Even if the previous tenants wiped down the countertops, it’s important to give everything a deep clean.

Start with the kitchen.

As one of the most used rooms in a house and the one with the most stuff, it’s a good idea to unpack the kitchen first. You may not have a couch when you wake up the next morning, but at least you’ll be able to make yourself coffee!

Give yourself a deadline.

If you go in with a “it’ll get done when it gets done” mindset, it may never actually get done. Instead, give yourself a realistic deadline for when everything should be accomplished.

We understand that moving can be stressful enough without having to tidy up after or before a move. That’s why Merry Maids® is here to take the stress out of moving! We provide thorough move-in and move-out services that will allow you to focus on what matters most—your new home.