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January 19, 2019

5 Packing Tricks That Make DIY Moving Easier

Packing Hacks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Some people move more frequently as opposed to others. Though there are numerous benefits to putting down roots, there are some particular skills that come from moving frequently. After a certain amount of moves, you figure out how to deal with your boxes. You are able to wield a roll of tape and know how to distribute weight in cardboard cartons. But most notably, you master at least a handful of tips which make relocating much simpler.

Luckily, you don't have to move numerous times to learn these tricks. Even if you're arranging your first substantial move from home, certain techniques may improve your moving process each and every time. Currently, we are here to share some of the pro-tricks to help you to lessen both the expense and also stress of moving to Houston. From free of charge packing material to carton labels, if you are planning on traveling the "do-it-yourself" path with regard to packing, the correct techniques can create a massive difference.

Wrap Breakables in Garments

The first creative packing secret is to use as little packing material as you possibly can. This tends to reduce volume plus save a little money on moving materials. As opposed to packing peanuts and newspaper, try wrapping your delicate items in clean clothes instead. Socks, scarves, as well as linens are excellent packing materials as they are able cushion some sensitive items very effectively.

You may also merge your breakables and winter clothing by wrapping dishes or even artwork in sweaters. Blankets as well as unused coats could be used to wrap the exterior of home furnishings or some electronics (only be sure that zippers and also buttons do not cause scratches). And it helps you to save the extra cartons to put the soft things. Fascinatingly, efficiency runs the other way, too. Pots, bowls, as well as bins make great storage units for smaller sized possessions...especially groups of wrapped breakables.

This idea is especially useful if you're moving a minimal distance or intending to undertake the move to Houston yourself. If you intend on employing professional movers, they are going to re-check your packing of breakable things to make sure that they are secure to be sent in the moving truck.

Free of charge Cartons from Deliveries

It's completely feasible to obtain all of your moving cartons at no cost if you know where to look as well as who to ask. The majority of moving articles suggest checking with merchants for their lightly used cartons. This is particularly useful for heavy-duty boxes. At the same time, today's internet commerce marketplace supplies an excellent method for free cartons: deliveries.

Most people need a handful of items before moving. Tape, hangers, plastic crates, as well as road trip goodies. Ordering your materials online will result in deliveries to your residence. Shipments come in free of charge strong cartons which can be used to put in. Additionally, ask your pals, relatives and nearby neighbors to save boxes from their deliveries for you. If you start a few months in advance, you very well may have sufficient boxes for all your things by the time move day arrives.

Make Use of Your Suitcases

Another great option to pack efficiently is to utilize the containers you already have. Bags, crates, as well as boxes are typical moving fare. Yet, were you aware that you can also utilize your luggage? Suitcases are incredibly helpful when packing for a move. They are built to maintain clothing in good shape or can provide a padded location to pack oddly shaped items.

Packing your suitcases also makes them useful for their volume within the moving truck. Or maybe, they can be used as first-access boxes to carry things you'll need throughout and also immediately after the move. On a relevant, but different note... You could also create make-shift garmet bags by wrapping trash bags around groups of clothes on hangers.

Design a Packing Strategy

Packing to move is about more than purely packing your items in cardboard boxes. You need to think about what you need to be loaded last and what you would like to unbox first at the new house. Items like clothes, toiletries, along with basic cooking items must be accessible. Put them to one side, box them last and keep them readily available when you arrive.

Pertaining to all the things in the middle, box with unpacking in your head. For example, it is likely you want to arrange your bathroom swiftly. Therefore, pack all your bathroom items like bath caddies, soap dispensers, and cleaning implements jointly in a box to make this easier. In case you have items that definitely won't be unpacked for months, plan for permanent storage straight away.

Label Everything Properly

Lastly, be precise regarding your labeling. You'll be thanking yourself for it when unpacking down the road. The last thing you want is to be slicing open each and every carton searching for a missing item or supplies. You should be incredibly exact with your carton labeling and record distinct included categories. Do not, for instance, tag 5 cardboard boxes "Kitchen". Rather, label them "Kitchen - Pots and Pans" "Kitchen - Plates and Utensils" "Kitchen - Pantry" and so forth.

You should also keep cords and cabling together whenever possible. Yet, just before you remove the initial cord or cable, snap a simple pic of the rear of the television set, DVD player, and so on should you need a reminder down the road of what cable goes where. Make use of zipper bags and packing tape whenever possible to group things jointly. Designate whilst keeping the screws for your TV mounts in a bag fixed to the television set or assign one particular carton as your "parts box" and properly label and place all parts within this specific box. Bind up power cords and label them with whatever they are meant to power. And, obviously, pack sets together. This will make it much easier to unbox on the other end.


You don't need to move every year of your life to be a moving expert. Being wise and learning as you go are part of the tradition. With these techniques and many others, you are able to substantially better your moving experience. Streamline packing, minimize your load and make arrival much smoother.

Keep in mind that many professional movers are set and capable to pack up as much or as little as you want, so foregoing most of the previously mentioned and just calling your local professional mover can be the best packing hack of all!

For further moving ideas or an appointment to discuss your moving needs, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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