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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 
A few people move more routinely as opposed to others. Though there are numerous good things about putting down roots, there are several unique skill-sets which come from moving frequently. After a certain number of moves, you figure out how to handle your cartons. You can use a roll of tape and know how to distribute weight in cardboard boxes. But most importantly, you learn at least a few tactics which make relocating significantly smoother.

Thankfully, you won't need to move many times to learn these tricks. Even if you are organizing your first sizeable move away from home, several strategies are going to improve your moving process each time. Presently, we're here to disclose a few of the pro-tricks that will help you decrease both the cost and hassle of moving to Oklahoma City. From no cost packing material to carton labels, if you are intending on going the "do-it-yourself" route with regard to packing, the perfect techniques makes a big difference.

Wrap Breakables in Garments

The very first brilliant packing secret is to use as little packaging materials as you possibly can. This may lower volume as well as help you save money on moving materials. As opposed to packing peanuts and newspaper, take a crack at wrapping your breakables in clean clothing as an alternative. Socks, scarves, and also towels make great packing materials as they can cushion some fragile things really effectively.

You may even combine your breakables and cold weather clothing by wrapping plates or possibly artwork in sweaters. Blankets as well as unused jackets can be used to wrap the outside of household furniture or various electronic devices (just ensure that zippers as well as buttons do not cause scratches). And it helps you to save the additional cartons to put the soft things. Interestingly, proficiency goes the opposite way, too. Pots, bowls, as well as hampers are actually excellent containers for smaller things...specifically groups of wrapped breakables.

This suggestion is particularly useful if you're moving a minimal way away or preparing to undertake the move to Oklahoma City yourself. In case you plan on employing professional movers, they are going to re-check your packing of fragile items to make certain that they are secure to be transported in the moving truck.

Free of charge Cartons from Deliveries

It's entirely possible to acquire all of your moving cartons for free once you learn where you should look and who to ask. Many moving tips suggest checking with stores for their gently used boxes. This is especially ideal for heavy-duty cardboard boxes. Having said that, today's internet commerce marketplace supplies yet another excellent road to get free cartons: deliveries.

Many people need to buy a couple of things ahead of moving. Tape, hangers, plastic containers, along with road trip snack food items. Purchasing your materials on the internet can lead to deliveries to your home. Deliveries arrive in free strong cartons that can be used to pack in. Also, request your buddies, relatives and next door neighbors to save cartons from their deliveries for you. Should you commence a couple months in advance, you very well could have enough cartons for all of your items by the time move time arrives.

Make Use of Luggage

Another excellent approach to pack efficiently is to utilize the containers you already possess. Totes, crates, and cartons are normal moving items. However, were you aware that it's also possible to make use of luggage? Suitcase sets are incredibly useful when packing for a move. They are designed to keep clothes in good shape or can offer a cushioned location to pack oddly shaped possessions.

Packing your suitcases also makes them advantageous for their volume inside the moving truck. Or perhaps, they can be used as first night bags to take belongings you absolutely need during and also immediately after the move. On a corresponding, but different note... Additionally you can create make-shift hanging bags by placing trash bags around groups of clothes on hangers.

Create a Packing Strategy

Packing to move concerns more than purely packing your belongings in boxes. You need to take into consideration what you want to be packed last along with what you need to unpack first and foremost at your new house. Items like clothes, toiletries, as well as basic kitchen supplies ought to be accessible. Set them aside, pack them last and keep them on hand once you arrive.

Regarding everything in the middle, pack with unpacking in your head. For instance, you most likely want to arrange your bathroom quickly. Thus, box all your bathroom things like bath caddies, soap dispensers, and cleaning implements together in a box which will make this smoother. If you have things that won't be unpacked for a long time, consider permanent storage straight away.

Label Everything Carefully

Last but not least, be precise about your labeling. You will end up thanking yourself for it when unpacking in the future. The last thing you want is to be slicing open each box trying to find a missing item or necessities. You should be quite specific with your box labeling and record unique included categories. You should not, for example, tag 7 cartons "Kitchen". Rather, designate them "Kitchen - Cookware" "Kitchen - Dishes and Utensils" "Kitchen - Pantry" and so on.

It's also wise to keep kits and cables together whenever you can. Yet, just before you remove the first power cord or cable, snap a quick photograph of the back of the TV, DVD player, etc. in the event you need a reminder later of what cable goes where. Utilize zipper bags and tape whenever feasible in order to group items together. Label while keeping the screws for your TV brackets in a bag attached to the TV or designate one particular box as your "parts box" and clearly label and place all parts in this particular box. Bind up power cords and label them with whatever they were made to power. And also, needless to say, pack sets together. This makes it quicker to unbox on the other side.


It's not necessary to move each year of your life to become a moving expert. Being clever and figuring out as you go along are a component of the tradition. With these strategies and more, you'll be able to significantly upgrade your moving experience. Streamline packing, lessen your load and make arrival a whole lot smoother.

Do not forget that the majority of professional movers are ready and able to pack up as much or as little as you wish, so foregoing most of the previously mentioned and simply calling your local professional mover could be the best packing hack of all!

For more moving helpful hints or an appointment to talk about your moving needs, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group right away!


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