10 Tools You Need to Simplify Your Move
From packaging items correctly to preparing the family for a move, there are several ways to make relocating simpler. By using the right products from the start, you can relieve some stress that often comes when moving. I created a list of tried and true products that will make your moving experience smoother. Keep reading to find ten tools you need to simplify your move.
Easy access to plenty of packaging tape loaded in a reliable dispenser will make your move much more efficient. You will feel unstoppable when you can quickly tape up a box and move on to the next task. I have purchased poorly built tape dispensers before and have spent too much time retaping boxes that have come undone at crucial moments. Having peace of mind that your items are secured safely in a box taped up properly is worth it.
Labeling boxes is crucial to staying organized during a move. I typically label a box with a number (that correlates with my box list in my moving binder) and a brief list of contents to find things at a moment’s notice.
Having markers that last a long time can save you time from having to hunt for markers at the last minute. I keep a permanent marker in each room to find one at a moment’s notice. But, if you have a toddler, have a safe place to put markers unless you don’t mind a little toddler artwork on your walls or furniture, lol.
If you know me, I talk about the moving binder ALL THE TIME. The moving binder is so critical. It’s a home base for all moving information: moving contracts and details, box lists, address change info, and so much more. I typically pick out a binder that is brightly colored so I can spot it anywhere and it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. I even let my little guy decorate it this past year to give it some flare. If you are looking for what to put in your moving binder, check out Move Mama Move Relocation Planners for all the checklists, trackers, and logs you need for moving.
I used these for the first time during our last move, and I am only disappointed I didn’t use them sooner. Initially, my husband was skeptical, thinking they were a waste of money. But honestly, these room labels made our move so much easier. Each room is pre-printed on a different color label. I put a label on the top of the box, the front of the box, and the side so the room assignment could be easily seen.
Before the movers arrived at our new house with our belongings, I clearly labeled each room. They could locate which area each box needed to be placed in quickly.
This prevented us from shuffling boxes around as we unpacked and organized our new home. This particular package of labels we used also had a fragile sticker, which was helpful when packing breakable items. Using the room and fragile labels saved a ton of time, not having to write room locations on each box.
When you start unpacking boxes, you want to be efficient. Opening and breaking down boxes quickly helps make the unpacking process run smoothly. Also, if you have a reliable box cutter, you are less likely to injure yourself, which is always a win in my book.
I usually keep a few box cutters around, just in case one gets misplaced because they are small. But, if you have kiddos around, place them in a safe spot when not in use.
Packaging paper will help you cushion your belongings inside of a box. If you have breakable items, you definitely need to use packaging paper to protect items from damage.
I recommend using plain packaging paper instead of magazines or newspapers. We have had a couple of items ruined because the print from the newspapers transferred onto some of our glass items. Now we have a couple of drinking glasses with obituaries printed on them — awkward!
During a move, mattresses are often dragged on the ground due to their awkward sizes, shapes, and flexibility. Anytime you move your bed, you want it to be covered — entirely and reliably. Imagine the dirt and grime your mattress could pick up if you didn’t cover it really well. Yuck! It makes me want to throw up thinking about it.
Getting pictures framed and mounted is expensive. So, you want to properly pack those precious wall hangings to avoid damage and save money in the long run. Typically you can find picture boxes that are adjustable to the frames you are trying to protect.
I like using picture boxes instead of regular ones because they better protect our wall hangings.
Physical Therapist here with an announcement — Please protect your back!! Even if you are hiring people to complete a move for you, there will be a time when the movers are away that you will need to move something bulky or awkwardly shaped.
Please use a dolly to move items from one area to another. Repetitive bending and lifting can lead to serious injuries. One wrong move, and you could injure yourself.
I like this dolly because it is sturdy and can be used upright on two wheels or 4-wheel cart position. I am also a fan because it can easily be folded up and stored away.
Moving, no matter how far away, can be stressful for the whole family, especially for those little ones who don’t quite understand what is happening with major transitions. When we started packing up our toddler’s room a few weeks before the move, he started freaking out. Even though he couldn’t talk, we knew he was upset and unsure of what was happening because he would empty the boxes we were packing and hoard his favorite toys in the corner.
I realized I needed to take a break from packing his room and help him understand that we were moving to a new home. Books are my favorite teaching tools with Chulengo, so I found as many short story books about moving as possible. Below is a list of my favorites.
Update in 2023: I have put together an even more complete list with over a dozen books for kiddos related to reading, here!
There you go, ten items that will make your move much more manageable. Moving can be so stressful. Staying organized, packing correctly, and adequately preparing will make relocating much more enjoyable.
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