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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 individuals move far more routinely compared to others. Whilst there are lots of advantages to settling in one place, there are some specific talents that come from moving often. Following a certain number of moves, you figure out how to deal with your boxes. You'll be able to use a roll of tape and understand how to distribute weight in cardboard boxes. But most notably, you discover more than a couple of tips that make moving much smoother.

Thankfully, it's not necessary to move numerous times to find out these tricks. Even if you are planning your very first big move far from home, several techniques will improve your moving process each and every time. Presently, we are here to share a few of the pro-tricks that will help you lessen both the price as well as headache of moving to Austin. From free packing material to carton labels, if you are intending on going the "do-it-yourself" path regarding packing, the perfect techniques makes a big difference.

Wrap Breakables in Clothing

The first clever packing trick is to use as little packaging material as possible. This may reduce volume plus save a little money on moving materials. As opposed to packing peanuts and newspaper, consider wrapping your delicate items in clean clothes alternatively. Socks, scarves, and also towels are excellent packing materials as they are able cushion various sensitive things very effectively.

You can even merge your breakables and cold weather garments by wrapping plates or artwork with sweaters. Blankets as well as unused coats may be used to wrap the outside of household furniture or some electronic devices (but ensure that zippers and also buttons don't cause scratches). And it helps you to save the added cartons to put the soft items. Fascinatingly, proficiency moves the opposite way, as well. Pans, bowls, as well as hampers are excellent storage containers for smaller sized possessions...particularly groups of wrapped breakables.

This idea is especially beneficial if you are moving a short distance or preparing to perform the move to Austin yourself. If you're planning on appointing professional movers, they will re-check your packing of breakable items to make certain that they are safe to be sent inside the moving truck.

Free Boxes from Deliveries

It is totally possible to acquire all of your moving boxes at no cost once you know best places to look as well as who to ask. The majority of moving guides 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 market provides yet another excellent method for free boxes: deliveries.

A lot of people need a number of things prior to moving. Tape, coat hangers, plastic containers, and road trip snack foods. Buying your products online can lead to deliveries to your house. Deliveries get there inside free of charge durable boxes that can be used to put inside. Also, ask your buddies, relatives and next door neighbors to keep boxes from their deliveries for you. When you start a couple months ahead of time, you very well could have plenty of boxes for all of your items by the time move time rolls around.

Make Use of Luggage

Another excellent way to pack resourcefully is to utilize the containers you already have. Bags, bins, as well as boxes are normal moving items. Yet, did you know that you may also use your luggage? Suitcases are really practical when packing for a move. They're created to maintain clothing in good condition or can offer a cushioned place to pack strangely shaped items.

Packing your travel suitcases likewise means they are advantageous for their volume inside the moving truck. Or maybe, you can use them as first night bags to hold belongings you will need in the course of and also immediately after the move. On a applicable, but different note... Additionally you can make make-shift hanging bags by wrapping garbage bags around groups of clothes on hangers.

Create a Packing System

Packing to move concerns more than just putting your items in boxes. It is advisable to take into account what you would like to be packed last as well as what you would like to unpack first and foremost at your new residence. Things like garments, toiletries, and fundamental cooking supplies must be convenient. Set them aside, pack them last and keep them readily available after you arrive.

Regarding all the things in the middle, pack with unloading as the primary goal. For example, it is likely you would like to organize your bathroom promptly. So, load up all your bathroom items like shower area caddies, soap dispensers, and cleaning implements together in one carton to make this smoother. When you have stuff that will not be unpacked for a long time, consider permanent storage now.

Label Everything Properly

Lastly, be very clear regarding your labels. You're going to be thanking yourself for it when unpacking later on. The last thing you need is to be cutting open every carton looking for a missing item or supplies. Always be incredibly specific in your box labeling and list unique included categories. Do not, as an illustration, label 7 boxes "Kitchen". Rather, tag them "Kitchen - Pans" "Kitchen - Plates and Eating Utensils" "Kitchen - Pantry" and so forth.

It's also wise to keep cords and cables together whenever feasible. However, just before you remove the first cord or cable, snap a quick photograph of the rear of the television, DVD player, etc. in the event you want a reminder down the road of what power cord goes where. Use zipper bags and tape whenever possible in order to group things jointly. Designate and keep the screws for your television mounts in a bag fixed to the television set or designate one particular box as the "parts box" and clearly label and put all parts in this particular box. Bind up power cables and designate them with whatever they are meant to power. And also, of course, pack sets with each other. This makes it quicker to unpack on the other end.


You don't have to move every year of your life to be a moving pro. Being wise and figuring out along the way are a portion of the tradition. With these strategies and many others, you'll be able to significantly better your moving experience. Streamline packing, minimize your load and make arrival a whole lot smoother.

Do not forget that most professional movers are set and capable to pack up as much or as little as you may need, so foregoing all of the previously mentioned and just contacting your local professional mover can be the most effective packing hack of all!

For further moving helpful hints or a consultation to talk about your moving needs, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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