Moving is amongst one of the most hellish experiences that many of us go through year after year. Few millennials own a home and most of us are moving from spot to spot, hoping we can hang our hats for longer than 12 months. As stressful as moving is, we must do it, so we might as well find the best packing hack available to streamline the process.
YouTuber and influencer Shameless Maya asked her many followers for packing hacks and tips that would get her through the moving process. She’s moving Sunday, which is pretty close, so I hope these responses helped. There sure were a lot of them (to distract her from packing).
Moving this Sunday! 😅Any tips or tricks for your girl?!
I’m using stackable and reusable bins, but anything else eco-friendly is appreciated!
— Shameless Maya (@mayasworld) November 6, 2019
She also added that she’s using stackable and reusable bins and anything eco-friendly was welcome.
Many of the ideas below recommend using what you already have to get your packing done, but they’re all good hacks whether you care about the sustainability of your project or not. You may not be moving this weekend, but bookmark these ideas for the next time you do. Because you will.
Here are the smartest and best packing hacks from people who know the drill:
1. Grab some bags at Ikea
Those big blue bags from Ikea. They’re huge, don’t take up much space when folded, and can be used over and over. I’ve used them for 4 different moves now
— Lil Pistol Starter (@PaigeUnabridged) November 6, 2019
2. Color-code your boxes with tape for ease of delivery
Color coded tape to help the movers know which bins and boxes go where. I tape the color tape to the door or location where the boxes should end up. It affords me the space to stay out of their way and focus on other things during the move.
— unapologeticallyHEATHER (@the_real_HT) November 6, 2019
3. Get that deposit back with an exit video
Oh, one more! If you’re moving out of a rental or a place you own, make sure to take video of everything once it’s all emptied and cleaned out, before you turn over your keys or close. When you get to your new place, do the same. It’s not a moving hack, but it’s important! =]
— GabberWaukee (@GabberWaukee) November 6, 2019
4. Protect your clothes with sheets
Wrap a bunch of clothes on hangers in sheets!
— Kalei (@kalei_lagunero) November 6, 2019
5. Set up your bed wherever you’re landing immediately
my # 1 moving tip is to set up your bed first. Get the bed where you want it and make it. So when you’re ready to collapse, you can. Good luck.
— Sharon H. (@ReadingChick) November 6, 2019
6. Keep the special stuff by your side
Sentimental and valuable objects. Don’t trust anyone with a single bag or box with your whole life in it. Keep them along with your certificates, documents, heirlooms and photographs safe and with you throughout the move. Also prepare an emergency bag, essentials and first aid.
— Kevin Donnelly (@KevinDonnellySY) November 7, 2019
7. Use what you already have as packing material and space
Use socks to wrap glasses. Put spices or small food items in crockpot, blender, etc. “utilize existing real estate space”
Garbage bags for clothes (use hair ties to corral the hangers). Towels in between dishes or breakable. Clothes to wrap round vases, fragile
— Laura Ann (@Laura_404) November 6, 2019
8. Start accumulating boxes everywhere early
Believe it or not. There is a thing where people “free cycle” boxes. Certain things may need to be packed in boxes. Go to major department stores and ask for their boxes. Wrap glasses and dishes in grocery store plastic bags. Pack 1-2 mos before your move. Reduces stress.
— Eve yea that’s ME… (@jackseve) November 6, 2019
9. Don’t judge yourself (always good advice)
Hire movers, label your boxes and put them in the correct room once you move in, and finally (mostly importantly) don’t judge yourself when you are still living out of boxes for several months after you move it. It happens to the best of us lol
— Meredith Reynolds (@CurlyIdealist) November 6, 2019
10. Remember the shower curtain or you will forget
Add a shower curtain and liner to your list of things to keep accessible. Sometimes you move into a place without one and there aren’t great substitutes.
— Quentin Walsh (@realqwalsh) November 7, 2019