Here are 9 great packing tips from H2H Movers that will significantly simplify your move—whether you are moving locally, interstate or across the globe.
Pack an overnight bag before your move
Consolidate all your nightly essentials, such as toiletries, portable electronics and a change of clothes in a small bag that you can carry with you. This way you won’t have to look all over for the things you need right away at your new home.
Pack things you need immediately after you move in a clear plastic container
Things like toilet paper, eating utensils, power strips, tools, etc., should all go in one place that you can easily find without rummaging through all your other belongings.
Instead of buying boxes, use laundry hampers, trashcans, drawers, suitcases, and other household containers to pack your belongings or rent packing supplies at fraction of the cost.
This one should be self-explanatory—why go through the trouble of finding and discarding moving supplies when you have plenty of vessels to bring with you anyway?
Pack your closet in a trash bag
Instead of taking all of your garments off of their hangers and folding them up in boxes, using a trash bag as a makeshift oversized garment bag saves you several stages of packing and unpacking. It also keeps your clothes organized in their original fashion.
Ship things you wont need immediately via Greyhound or Amtrak to save money
Movers charge by the hour, and shipping heavy items through traditional mail services can be even more expensive. If you don’t need it right away, consider sending it by Greyhound or Amtrak, which offer much lower rates by weight. Having professional movers pack your belongings is also a low cost option.
Pack your bedding and other bedroom furnishings last, so they are the first things you can bring in and assemble when moving to a new home
It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the first things you will want to do after moving all of your belongings into a new home is take a rest. Getting the trivial task of making your bed out of the way will be a welcome reward for a job well done at the end of a long day.
Color code boxes for different rooms
Mark boxes with different colored tape for your future living room, bathroom(s), kitchen, etc., so the movers can easily determine where they each belong.
Number boxes so you don’t forget any
Number all of your boxes as well—to keep track of how many you have, and to ensure that you don’t accidentally leave one (or more) behind.
Arrange for somebody to watch your kids or pets
Whether you are moving within Chicago or across the county, having a friend, relative or sitter look after your children and/or pets can save you a lot of time and stress.
Let our professional moving team provide you with a moving quote—contact us at 773 236 8797.