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How to Pack and Move


Moving takes time and if you're doing your own packing, which most people will, make sure you give yourself lots of time and plan carefully. Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and a lot of hair pulling.

Where to Start?

Moving is overwhelming, and part of the stress has to do with packing up the entire house. At first, it may seem impossible. But with helpful tips and suggestions, packing is a breeze. Just make sure you're organized and know what you need to do before you even pack the first box.

Make a Packing Supply List

When you move or relocate, to ensure your household goods arrive at your new destination without a scratch, start with a good packing list so you purchase the right packing and moving supplies.

All About Moving Boxes

Moving boxes are generally the same weight and quality as ordinary shipping boxes, unless you purchase some made from thicker cardboard that allows for heavier packing. So, the question most people have is, should I purchase moving boxes or find some slightly-used from grocery stores or friends who've just recently moved?

Can I Pack with Used Boxes?

With most of us pinching our pennies right now, finding ways to save on moving costs not only helps keep money in our wallets, but can also help the planet by reusing packing materials and reducing waste. Used boxes are definitely an option, you just need to know where to find them and what to do and not do.

What Not to Pack

Before you pack, find out what you shouldn't pack or at least what you should be careful when packing.There are some things that need special handling, items that moving companies will not move if they are not properly prepared.

Get Rid of Unwanted Items

The upside of moving is that it forces you to make a clean sweep of the house, getting rid of items that you no longer use or need. The first place to start is to determine what to sell, either online or by hosting a garage sale, and what to give away.

Pack an Essentials Box

Before moving or relocating, everyone should prepare an essentials box, a box full of items you'll need for your last few nights before you move and/or the first few nights in your new home.

Easy Packing Tips

Here are some packing tips that you may not have thought of before. This is a packing tip list that I'd like to keep adding to, so if you have a quick packing tip, e-mail me and I'll add it to the list.

Packing Tips from the Professionals

When you're packing for a move, you might want to ask yourself it you should pack it yourself or hire professional to do if for you. In many of our moves we've never used professionals to pack our things; for me it's always about saving money.

10 Things You May Forget to Pack or Do

Over the years and the many moves, I always think I have moving down to a very fine science; however, usually in the midst of the moving chaos, I forget something and swear that I'll add it to a growing list of "forgotten items" for the next time we move. To save you the trouble of forehead slapping that usually ensues after you're fifty miles from your old home, check out my list.

All About Storage

There are various reasons why you might need to look into storage options. Maybe you're moving from your old house before your new place is ready? Perhaps you're down-sizing and your new home does not have enough room for all your treasured items? Or you've just inherited Aunt Sally's furniture and you want to save it for when your daughter gets her own place. Whatever the reason there are a few things you should know about storage.
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