5 Hacks That Will Help Take The Stress Out Of Your Upcoming Move


If everyone is being honest, moving is one of the most stressful events of your life. You're worried about whether you will be able to afford the move and if your grandmother's china set will survive the move. However, there are ways you can reduce some of the stress that you are feeling so that you can dig deep down and experience the excitement that goes along with moving. It will take some organized planning and hard work on your part, but you can do it. Here are a few tips to help take the stress out of your move:

1. Cut Out Handles in Heavy Boxes.

Make your heavy lifting a little bit simpler by making those heavy boxes a lot easier to pick up. All you need to do is use a utility knife to cut out two triangles (with the main point facing down) on each side of the box. You will need to make sure there isn't anything in the box that could fall out of the triangle-shaped handle that you cut out, but it works wonders.

2. Don't Pay for Bubble Wrap and Foam.

Packing supplies, such as foam and bubble wrap, can really hurt the bank account. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on these supplies, utilize things that you have in your home that you're going to be moving anyway. Inside the boxes, this includes things like sheets, t-shirts, socks and towels. You can stuff glasses with socks (or just put the glass in the sock), wrap dishes in sheets or towels, and place artwork or pictures inside of t-shirts. For extra padding in the moving truck between fragile items, you can use trash bags stuffed with pillows, stuffed animals and blankets. This helps to keep these items from shifting around too much and helps to avoid damage.

3. Use Foam Plates as Padding for Breakable Plates.

If you have ceramic or glass plates that are extremely delicate, you could wrap them in some of your towels or shirts. However, another option is to use foam plates in between each breakable plate. This helps to minimize the breaking or chipping of the plates.

4. Make Plastic Wrap Your Best Friend.

If you can't stand the thought of having to empty your dresser, then you may want to consider using plastic wrap on it. By doing this, you avoid the need of emptying your drawers, packing those items into boxes and taking up more room in the moving truck (which you don't really have to waste). Leave everything in your drawers and wrap the entire dresser in plastic wrap.

5. Hire a Professional.

At the end of the day, nothing really and truly beats hiring someone to do all of this for you. If you have the budget for it, you can hire a residential moving service to pack, load, move, unload and unpack all of your stuff. Alternatively, if you need to save money, you can pack and load your own items and just leave the moving part to the professionals (like City Haul Trucking). 


17 December 2015

Streamlining Your Next Move

After my boss told me that I would probably be moving a lot for work, I realized we needed to get a little more organized. Instead of gathering produce boxes and hoping for the best, we started analyzing our mistakes and successes of previous relocations. We realized that we usually got hung up on the packing, which is why we asked my employer to pay for a professional service. Our next relocation was a breeze. This blog is all about identifying storage problems so that you can avoid hassles, delays, and expensive mistakes that could destroy your overall budget.