5 Packing Tricks That Make DIY Moving Easier

Packing Hacks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Some people move more frequently than others. Though there are numerous advantages to putting down roots, there are some particular talents 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 as well as understand how to disperse weight in cardboard cartons. But most notably, you master at least a handful of tips which make relocating much easier.

Luckily, it's not necessary to move a dozen times to learn these secrets. Even if you're arranging your first substantial move far from home, certain techniques may improve your moving process each and every time. Currently, we are here to share some of the pro-tricks that will help you lessen both the expense and also stress of moving to Austin. From free of charge packing material to carton labels, if you are planning on going the "do-it-yourself" path for packing, the right techniques can make a massive difference.

Wrap Breakables in Garments

The first creative packing secret is to use as little packing material as possible. This can reduce volume plus save a little money on moving materials. As opposed to packing peanuts and newspaper, consider wrapping your delicate items in clean laundry as an alternative. Socks, scarves, and linens are excellent packing materials as they are able cushion some sensitive items really successfully.

You may also merge your breakables and winter apparel by wrapping plates or artwork in sweaters. Blankets and unused coats could be used to wrap the outside of household furniture or certain electronics (just be sure that zippers and also buttons do not result in scratches). And it helps you to save the extra cartons to put the soft things. Fascinatingly, productivity runs the other way, too. Pots, bowls, as well as bins are actually excellent storage units for smaller sized possessions...particularly groups of wrapped breakables.

This idea is particularly valuable if you're moving a minimal distance or intending to undertake the move to Austin yourself. In the event that you intend on hiring 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.

No charge Cartons from Deliveries

It's completely feasible to obtain all your moving cartons at no cost if you know where to look as well as who to ask. Most moving articles recommend checking with shops 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 of charge cartons: deliveries.

Many people require a handful of items prior to moving. Tape, hangers, plastic crates, along with 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 friends, relatives and 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 your belongings by the time move day arrives.

Make Use of Your Suitcases

Another great option to pack effectively is to utilize the containers you currently have. Totes, crates, and boxes are normal moving fare. Yet, were you aware that you may also utilize your luggage? Suitcases are incredibly helpful when packing for a move. They are built to keep clothing in good condition or can provide a padded location to pack strangely shaped items.

Packing your suitcase sets additionally 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 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 System

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, and fundamental cooking items must be readily available. 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 as the primary goal. For example, it is likely you want to set up your bathroom swiftly. Therefore, box all your bathroom items like shower caddies, soap dispensers, and cleaning implements jointly in a box to make this easier. If you've got things that definitely won't be unpacked for months, arrange for permanent storage straight away.

Label Everything Meticulously

Lastly, be precise about your labeling. You'll be thanking yourself for it when unpacking later on. The last thing you want is to be slicing open every single carton searching for a missing item or supplies. You should be quite specific with your carton labeling and record distinct included categories. Don't, for instance, tag 5 containers "Kitchen". Rather, tag them "Kitchen - Pots and Pans" "Kitchen - Plates and Utensils" "Kitchen - Pantry" and so forth.

You should also keep cords and cables together whenever possible. Yet, just before you remove the initial cord or cable, snap a simple photo of the rear of the television set, DVD player, etc. should you require a reminder later of what cable goes where. Make use of zipper bags and packing tape whenever possible in order to group things together. Designate whilst keeping the screws for your TV brackets in a bag fixed to the television set or assign one carton as your "parts box" and properly label and place all parts in this particular box. Bind up power cords and tag them with whatever they are supposed to power. And also, of course, pack sets with each other. This makes 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 figuring out along the way are part of the tradition. With these techniques and many others, you are able to substantially better your moving experience. Streamline packing, reduce your load and make arrival that much easier.

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 above and merely phoning your local professional mover can be the most effective packing hack of all!

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


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