Moving Tips to Make Life Easy

This weekend I was asked about my moving tips. When you move as many times as I have, you pick up some tips and tricks for moving. A friend of mine is moving in a month. She works full time, goes to school full time, and has 4 busy kids. She asked me how I do it.

I was busy at t he time, freezing to death at the last band competition of the season. I couldn't even think at that moment. Once I arrived home, and had time to thaw out. I made a list of the big things I do when I move. In case you are new here, I have moved 6 times in 5 years. Before that, I moved 4 times in 6 years (not counting college moving home at the end of the semester).

  1. Label all Boxes with the name of whats in the box. No boxes should say Misc.
  2. Pick a spot in your house to store the boxes before you start packing. As you clear room you can expand the spot. This way you aren't tripping over boxes while you pack. 
  3. Start with the things you aren't using or don't use often that way you can start right away.
  4. Don't wrap breakables with clothes, like socks, you may think it sounds like a good idea but do you unpack knick knacks right away? You end up forgetting you've wrapped everything in your socks and then wonder what happened to all your clothes....then you buy more. 
  5. If you can keep your clothes on your hangers and move them together it saves having to rehang stuff. 
  6. Don't pack bedding instead use it to cushion breakables. 
  7. Have someone watch your pets until you have moved the final load. Its hard to move when you are worried about your scared, freaked out pets.  
  8.  Pack an over night bag with your toiletries and Pajammas in it. I am always exhausted after a day of moving and don't feel like digging through the piles. Numbers for take out is good too.
  9. As you move boxes into your new place, try to store them in the room that they will go into. But, line them against the wall so you can move around inside the room. 
  10. If you have children with stuffed animals you can pack them in trash bags, but remember to label it stuffed animals. I almost threw all my daughters stuffies away.


  1. These are great tips! I've moved 3 times in the last 3 years, and it definitely got smoother each time. There was definitely the one, "Oh shoot, we don't have enough boxes - throw it all into trash bags!" move. And then there was the "Borrow everyone else's boxes!" This last time we were finally smart enough to save all the boxes from before. They take up a lot of room, but it would be silly to get rid of them when we know they'll be needed soon.

    Keeping the clothes on the hangers! It makes it so much easier. To help prevent them from falling off during transport, I'd tape a handful of hanger together, around the "neck" of the hanger. That way the clothes are pressed together and don't fall off, and it's easier to grab them all at once.

  2. These are some really good tips. My co-author really should have read this before he got settled in, because I got to help him move about 3-4 times in the span of 3 years, and it was not nearly this organized. It was basically grab something, throw it in a truck, and hope for the best. Boxes? Labels? Why? What am I, a warehouse?

  3. Great tips! We move often in the military.


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