Posted Nov 28, 2014
Top 10 Life Hacks for Moving
While the idea of moving to a new apartment and starting over is an exciting notion, the actual moving process is often a dreaded task. If only there was a way to just snap your fingers and have everything magically transfer to your new place! While that may not be possible, there are some amazing life hacks that can make moving a whole lot easier and less stressful.
1. Pack Clothes on Hangers
Packing clothes alone is an extremely time-consuming activity. Instead of folding up each item, putting all of them into a suitcase and then having to unpack them and hang everything up, simply pack your garments on hangers.
Use a zip tie to gather all the hangers together in different groups, cover each pile with a garbage bag and toss it into the moving van. When you get to your new apartment, just remove the garbage bag and zip tie and hang your clothes up in your closet. It should take no more than a few minutes.
2. Put Together an Overnight Bag
Once you arrive at your apartment and get all of the boxes inside, it’s not likely that you’re going to want to unpack everything all at once. Instead of having to rummage through every box and bag to find a toothbrush and pajamas, pack yourself an overnight bag where you’ll have easy access to your toiletries. Then you won’t be left without necessities at the end of the day when you’re already exhausted.
3. Wrap Dishes in Clothes
Don’t have any bubble wrap for your fragile dishes? No worries. If you have clothes, you’re covered. Kill two birds with one stone by wrapping all of your kitchen materials with any garments you can find, from T-shirts and sweatshirts to blouses, sweatpants and long-sleeved shirts.
Plates should be stacked vertically in boxes to prevent cracking or breaking. Pack your precious stemware in your socks (your clean socks, that is) to keep all of the glasses safe from harm during your move.
4. Color Code Your Boxes
When you’re faced with a room filled with generic brown cardboard boxes, how are you supposed to know which one to unpack first? This is where color coding will come in handy.
Use colored duct tape or patterned washi tape to cover a portion of the boxes. For example, all containers with red tape will be for the bedroom, while the boxes with patterned tape are designated for the bathroom. This method should effectively streamline the unpacking process.
5. Clean Before Unpacking
You’ve set up your bed, put down the pretty area rug you found for a great deal at Ikea, and set up your nightstand. But wait … now you notice the floor is extremely dusty and there’s a mystery stain on one of the floorboards. Cleaning those floors is going to be quite tricky when you already have everything unpacked.
So before you open up any of your boxes, go through each room of your new apartment and do a quick cleaning. Dust, vacuum and clean out the shower, tub and sink. Don’t forget to dust your ceiling fan if you have one—you don’t want to be surprised with a showering of dust bunnies when you turn it on.
6. Protect Your Cosmetics
Powders like bronzers are prone to breaking during a move, and while you can still use broken bronzer or blush, it’s a pain to store and apply. Prevent this from happening to you by placing a cotton pad or ball into your powder compacts. That way, when you unpack them, they’ll all still be in one piece. This is one of those life hacks you can use whether you’re moving to a new apartment or going on vacation.
7. Cover Toiletries
As for toiletries like lotion, shampoo, conditioner and body wash, take off the tops and cover the openings with Saran wrap. Put the tops back on, then arrange them in a box or a bag. The Saran wrap will prevent their contents from spilling out everywhere.
8. Be Smart About Packing the Truck
While it may seem quickest to just throw everything into the back of the moving truck, your belongings probably won’t fare well in that scenario. Trying to arrange your bed, dresser, chairs and tables in the van is like playing a game of Tetris blindfolded, but it’s worth the time it takes to figure it out.
Place desks and armoires that have drawers facing the walls of the truck so the drawers don’t fall out during the move. Place heavier items in first, putting the lighter things on top.
9. Use Sandwich Bags
Certain items like screws, nails and other parts are so easy to lose during a move. Pack them in individual sandwich bags and label what they’re for so you’re not left with a whole bunch of random screws.
10. Fill in Holes
Once you taken the photos and art off of the walls, you’re left with some unflattering holes. The good news is, you can fill holes in the wall in by scrubbing a bar of plain white soap across them until they disappear.
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