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Packing Tips for the Big Move

Many of our guests stay with us while hunting for a new place to live, or while in between moving out of the old place and into the new. That’s why we’ve written up some of our favorite tips and tricks to make the moving process a little easier.

1. Make a Game Plan
It doesn’t matter if you have a month, a week, or a day to move. Start the process by coming up with a list of what you have to do, along with how long you have to do it. Then create a manageable timeline for getting everything done, and try your best to follow it. A timeline will keep you organized and help you stay on track, instead of procrastinating until the last minute.

2. Toss What You Don’t Want Before You Move
Many people end up moving junk from one home to another without ever finding a real place or use for it. This stuff, takes up valuable packing space and moving time. Before you box up your home, take some time to clean out your basement, junk drawers, closets and more for items you no longer need or use. If they are still in good condition, donate them – if not, toss them out!

3. Pack Strategically
It can be all to tempting to just grab a bunch of stuff and throw it into a box until its full. Take a few extra minutes to pack carefully, keeping things going into the same room or area (examples: kitchen and laundry rooms) together. It will truly make the move-in process much smoother and easier.

4. Label Everything
It’s such a simple tip, but labeling your boxes and bags can be a huge headache saver (especially if you follow our Strategic Packing tip). Keep a roll of masking tape and a marker with you at all times during the packing process. Don’t just label things ‘Bathroom’ or ‘Bedroom’ if you have a 2+ bedroom or bathroom. Be more specific and designate them Bathroom 1, Bathroom 2 etc.

5. Pack a ‘Right Now’ Bag
It can take you a while to fully unpack and get settled when moving into a new home. When packing up to go, pack a small suitcase with the necessities you’ll need right away. There’s nothing worse than going to take a shower and realizing all your towels are still packed away with the linens. Things to pack include clothes, a few dishes, cutlery and cookware (unless you plan on eating take-out all the time), toiletries and important paperwork and documents.

6. Relax
The biggest tip that we suggest when moving somewhere new is to relax. Moving can be an extremely stressful experience. If you find yourself overwhelmed, step outside, away from the packing chaos and take a few deep breaths. It will all get done. If you don’t think you’ll be able to accomplish everything, call in some movers or ask some friends or family members for help,

What’s your favorite packing tip? Comment with your answer.