Tag: packing for your move

Packing Tips for the Self Packer



To put it bluntly, packing up your home is a pain. Luckily, if you are working with a moving company, the packers packing tips for the self packercan complete packing for an average move the day before your goods are loaded on the van. It’s amazing how quickly they move. However, if you are packing yourself, you need to allow for a lot more time – several weeks if possible. Since it’s unlikely that you will be able to drop everything to devote an entire day to packing, plan to work at it between your other pre-move activities.

Must Have Packing Supplies


must have packing suppliesI have moved at least once a year every year for the past seven years and I’ve gone from a complete amateur to somewhat of a pro, if I do say so myself. A friend of mine is moving out of her apartment and into a house she just purchased and asked if I could help her pack. I know that most people groan at the idea of helping somebody move, but I am an organization nerd and was eager to say yes. Besides, she didn’t ask me to help on moving day; she just wants a little help with the packing process. Sold. Anyway, I asked if she needed me to pick up any supplies on my way over but she told me that she was all set. “Just bring some wine if you’ve got any!” she said.

How to Move Your Grill

grillSummer is known for two things: the busy moving season and barbeques. Okay, maybe the busy moving season is just what my summers are about, but you know where I’m going with this. For families moving in the summer, packing and moving a barbeque grill could make or break later festivities. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just loading it into the moving truck. In fact, if done incorrectly you could really be putting yourself and your movers in danger.

What NOT to Pack … Ever

what not to packWell, I am officially in Florida! I’m not sure if I mentioned this in past posts, but my boyfriend Matt moved three weeks ago while I finished up a few things in Delaware. Lucky for me, all the heavy lifting and actual moving of our household goods was taken care of by him and the pros. All I had to do was fly down this past weekend with my last suitcase of clothes, one carry on, and my laptop. Since our move was a bit unique, him leaving three weeks earlier with all of our things and me staying with friends until my move date, a lot of people have been asking me what exactly I had left to bring to our new home. Aside from the obvious, three week’s worth of clothes and my laptop, I have a few DO NOT PACK items that needed to travel on me personally as opposed to in a moving box.

How to Pack Toys

howt o pack toysWe talk all the time about how to carefully pack and move your personal belongings. It’s common to share tips on moving valuable electronics, heavy furniture and delicate glassware. What are often overlooked, however, are the things that are valuable to your young child. No, their toys may not cost as much as your chandelier but, as far as your son or daughter is concerned, they are way more important than the hanging crystals in your living room.

How to Move Your Bed

How to move your bedA while ago I wrote about the best way to move a king sized mattress. I always kind of assumed that a king sized bed would be the most difficult to move because of its large size. However, the other day I was chatting with Al over on the operations side of things and I learned that I was wrong. Apparently it’s queen sized beds that give both professional movers and DIYers the biggest headache.  I figured I couldn’t possibly be the only person who didn’t realize this fact so I thought today would be a good day to share tips on how to move your bed, no matter the size.

How to Pack Your Kitchen

how to pack your kitchenI have been running around like crazy trying to get ready for my upcoming move. I actually don’t mind it because I use moving as an excuse to declutter and organize myself. Plus, my inner nerd loves to see how far I’ve come as far as moving knowledge since I started in the industry two years ago. This move down south will be my third move in two years. The first one was an absolute disaster. The second, nearly a year into my career, was much smoother, and, so far, this one is moving along nicely. One thing that I feel I have mastered, or come pretty close to mastering, is packing up my kitchen.

How to Pack and Store Your Winter Clothes

how to pack winter clothesIt’s official! I am moving to Florida. My boyfriend’s company is opening an office down there and I have agreed to move with him. In fact, moving day is in just five short weeks! So much to do, in so little time. While the process and decision has been bitter sweet in many ways, I am choosing to focus on the best part – no more winter. Which means, no more winter clothes. My entire family will still be up in New York though so I’ll need to save them for those holiday visits. Being a shopaholic who loves everything hanging in my closet, I want to make sure that I pack and store my winter items in the best possible way to keep them safe and decided to share these tips with you since winter is on its way out.

How to Pack a Chandelier

How to pack a chandelierYou spent a lot of time and money turning your house into a home that you love. Your favorite furniture is placed just so and the lighting in every room is optimal and perfect. Speaking of lighting, that chandelier you bought is stunning and worth every penny. Everybody comments on it as they enter your home and you just love the ambiance and the value it adds to the room… right? If the answer is yes, you should do everything you can to protect it during the move.

Packing Yourself? Plan Ahead

Packing for MovingMy colleague Becky wrote a post several weeks ago on her first moving experience. Like most people moving for the first time, lack of preparation and understanding of the moving process made Becky’s move more stressful than it had to be. In hindsight, I wish I could have helped. But, if I could only give her one piece advice it would be pretty simple: put together a packing plan and stick to it.