Welcome back to part 2 of our moving guide to Williamson County! If you missed part 1, see it here. Use those links from part 1 with these moving hacks and you’ll be a moving pro!
The time has come! You found your new home and the only thing left to do is pack up your belongings and make the move. Packing and moving really show you how much stuff you actually have! This is a great time to purge items you no longer need. In each room make a give away, throw away, and keep pile. You may be able to sell some furniture or other belongings for extra cash. When you decide what’s going with you, be strategic and plan ahead! This will greatly help you on the big moving day and days after while unpacking. Use these moving hacks while planning your move that will save you time, money, and your sanity!
Pack overnight bag
Think of everything you would need if you were staying a couple nights away from home. Putting several outfits, pajamas, toiletries, cell phone, and computer chargers in an overnight bag will help on the first couple nights in your new home. No one wants to dig around in boxes for a toothbrush after a long day of moving!
Use towels and t-shirts to wrap breakables
Soft and light items such as t-shirts and towels are great for wrapping breakables. You can also use them as a cushion in boxes with breakables. You have to pack those items anyway, so might as well put them to good use!
Take pictures of how large electronics are connected (i.e. TV, desktop computer, gaming console) before you take it down.
This will save you so much time when trying to reconnect your electronics!
Label all cords!
We all have dozens of black cords that look alike, so it’s easy to get confused if a cord is for the printer or TV. To expedite unpacking, put cords in a gallon-sized plastic bag and label what they are for. If possible keep the cord bags with the electronic.
Use sandwich bags to keep small hardware together as you take things apart (i.e. flat screen TVs, picture frames, curtains, etc..)
Speaking of plastic bags, use smaller sandwich bags for hardware such as nails, screws, and picture hanging hooks to make it easier to hang up again. Don’t forget to label what each bag goes with or tape them to the back of the item!
Put books in rolling suitcases
Take advantage of those rolling suitcases for heavier items, such as books. This makes it so much easier to transport.
Try to use as many bags, baskets, and suitcases you already have to save on boxes
You probably have more packing resources than you think. Before ordering boxes, take an inventory of the bags, baskets, storage bins, and suitcases you already have. These will end up on the moving truck already, so make use of the extra space!
Put out of season clothes in vacuum-sealed bags to save space
The purpose of this is two-fold. It is a lot easier to move flat items and putting them into storage when you arrive will be a breeze.
Use different colored duct tape for each room to make moving off the truck easier
Yellow tape for kitchen, blue tape for bedroom, red tape for living room… you get the idea! This helps not only help the movers, and also makes sorting and finding boxes much quicker.
Label both the top and side of the boxes so you can see the label when boxes are stacked on top of each other
Have you ever taken down the whole stack of boxes just to realize the box you need wasn’t actually at the bottom. Labeling on the side, as well as using colored duct tape, helps you find that specific box in less time.
If you’re using trash bags to pack, use a different color bag from ones you are using for actual trash
One of the most sinking feelings while moving is realizing you threw some of your belongings away by mistake. Large trash bags are useful for packing, but make sure they are very distinguished from actual trash. Black bags = trash. White bags = your stuff.
Use trash bags for hanging clothes. You can also label whose clothes it is!
Another use for trash bags is for hanging clothes. Save time from taking everything off the hanger! You can either tie the drawstring up by the hanger or make a hole at the bottom to stick the hanger through for a makeshift garment bag.
Put all your packing materials in a basket (tape, scissors, labels, sharpies, etc..) so you won’t be asking where the tape was moved all day 🙂
This will help your sanity in a major way! Small items such as tape and scissors can easily fall under the massive amounts of boxes, paper, and belongings you have lying around. Taking around a basket of packing materials is easier to find and will save you some very frustrated minutes of searching. Just make sure all packers are aware of the system!
Packing and moving is so much easier when it’s organized, planned, and started early! These hacks will save you bits of time that is very precious in the middle of a move. Before you can put these hacks to use, you have to find your dream house first! If you’re a first time buyer or if you need to sell before you can buy, Location Williamson is here to serve you. We have the resources and skills to find the perfect house for you! Reach us at 615.469.1412.