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Thirty Home Packing Hacks

Anyone who has done it before knows, moving can be extremely overwhelming. The worst part of it all? Packing. The longer you put it off, the worse it becomes. The best thing you can do is start packing early. You should also use the following 30 home packing hacks to help you save time, money, and maybe even your sanity.

Boise Real Estate Pros Blog: 30 Home Packing Hacks

  1. To save money, ask local retailers and businesses for their gently used boxes. They usually just throw them out anyway. You should also check with Craigslist, people are often giving away their moving boxes on the site.
  2. Another way to save money would be to protect fragile items with magazines and newspaper instead of packing peanuts.
  3. Label boxes with which room they belong to. You could also use colored tape, like Smart Move Tape to keep your boxes organized.
  4. To make unpacking easier, avoid packing things from multiple rooms into one box. Keep each room separate.
  5. Label the sides of boxes so you can read the labels even when the boxes are stacked.
  6. Write the contents of each box on the box, or on an inventory list, especially if you think you may need the items sooner than later. Simply search for the item that you need in the document, and you’ll know which box to open!
  7. Make lifting boxes easier by using a box cutter to create handles for your boxes that don’t have any.
  8. Pack breakable plates vertically, like you would in a dish rack, to help prevent damaging them. For even more protection, place a Styrofoam plate in between each plate.
  9. Another option would be to wrap dishes and other fragile items in clothing or linens when you pack them. You save on bubble wrap and pack t-shirts at the same time!
  10. Put stemware glasses in socks for extra protection.
  11. Use wine cases for glassware. They can be found at your local bar, winery, and even some grocery stores. It’s easy to stuff some newspaper in each compartment so there’s some padding to protect them.
  12. Wrap your utensils organizer with plastic wrap to keep your kitchen utensils organized and in one place.
  13. Fill up pots and pans with spices containers, dish towels, and other kitchen items to save space.
  14. To prevent injuries while unpacking, pack knives inside an old oven mitt.
  15. If you’re moving your refrigerator, wrap your refrigerator and freezer in plastic wrap to keep the doors from opening during transit. Also, to avoid leaks and bad smells, defrost your fridge completely the night before your move.
  16. Keep pots and lids together with rubber bands.
  17. Cover any liquids with plastic wrap before screwing on the lid on to prevent spills and messes.
  18. If you dissemble any furniture, keep all screws and hardware in a labeled Ziploc bag. Tape the bag to the furniture itself or have a designated box to keep all the labeled hardware for your furniture in.
  19. Thread necklaces through straws, put one end through and fasten the clasp to prevent tangling. Put jewelry in egg cartons to keep them together and organized.
  20. Instead of packing the contents of your dresser into another box, use Press ’n’ Seal to wrap the dresser drawers. Your dresser has become its own moving box.
  21. Boxes of books get heavy. Pack books inside suitcases instead to make transport easier.
  22. While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, group as many as will fit together and put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking simpler.
  23. Invest in Space Bags to maximize your storage space and minimize your boxes.
  24. Use suitcases, laundry baskets, and trash bins as boxes. Linens can be packed in laundry baskets, boxes of garbage bags and cleaners can be packed in trash bins, etc.
  25. Pack pillows and blankets in garbage bags. It will help keep them clean, you don’t waste another box, they are easy to find and unpack, and you can use them as padding between furniture in the moving truck.
  26. Label lose cords. Use a piece of duct tape with the name of the appliance the cord belongs to and wrap it around the cord.
  27. String electronic wires through paper towel or toilet paper rolls to avoid a tangled mess.
  28. Take a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices. This way, when you are setting them back up, you will know exactly which wires go where and avoid the headache of guessing.
  29. Pack your essentials last. Tool belts, overnight bags, toiletries, pet needs, baby needs should all go into your car last so they are easy for you to get to if you need them.
  30. To avoid constant back and forth trips, you should pack and unpack boxes by room. This is a life saver if you have stairs!