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Essentials Box

Moving Day Essentials Box

Moving is an emotional time. You may be sad to leave but excited to go all at the same time. On top of it all, you may be overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you move often or are packing up your bags for the first time in a long time, it is a notoriously stressful process that can take its toll on even the best of planners. We have found some ways to pack and unpack faster, reduce the amount of work, and ultimately make the process go just a bit smoother than it might otherwise. 

How to move: getting prepared

 Take some time out to familiarize yourself with these clever moving tricks, hacks, and organization ideas that can set the tone for your move.

1. Create a game plan for moving including a checklist and budget 

  • Set your budget. Moving can get expensive, and you don’t want to end up with major sticker shock on top of everything else.

Factors that Affect Your Moving Cost

  • Travel fees – truck rental, gas, hotels, etc…
  • Size of your move – 
  • Packing services – 
  • Get quotes from at least three different movers.
    • Don’t Ask Your Friends to Be Your Movers if you can avoid it
    • Moving date – is it peak moving season?
  • Specialty moving – Moving specialty items, such as a piano, hot tub, valuable artwork, or grandfather clock, will likely cost extra.
  • Long carry fee – 
  • Stair carry fee – 
  • Elevator fee –
  • Unpacking service – 
  • Shuttle fee – 
  • Storage – 
  • Extra stops during transport – 
  • Expedited delivery services – 
  • Tipping -.
  • Moving add-ons – 
  • Storage – 
  • Moving supplies –
  • Plan out your packing supplies. 

2.  Send out notices before you’re stressed.

  • Call the utility companies as soon as you know you’re moving. 
  • Submit a change of address to start a couple of days before your move in date.
  • Have your cable and internet transferred if there is a hold up you can Hotspot your Amazon Firestick 

3. Invest in quality moving boxes.

  • It’s tempting to go to your local grocery store and try to score some boxes for free. However, moving boxes are relatively inexpensive, and the added durability can be worth the cost in the end.
    • Grocery boxes and reused moving boxes can be compromised due to wear and exposure to moisture or worse, a bug infestation. The last thing you want is a box falling apart in your hand while you’re trying to move it into the house.
  • Save Your Back with Smaller Boxes
  • Figure Out How Many Moving Boxes You’ll Need Using the Rule of Three:
    • Take a look around your place and estimate how many boxes you’ll need. Then multiply by three.
  • Use the right size boxes.

  • Place heavy items like books, in small boxes, and lighter items in larger boxes. This makes it easy for movers to organize and pack boxes into the moving truck. Be sure to pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top to avoid damaging breakables.
  • Make sure you have TAPE

4. Declutter so you can pack less.

  • Getting rid of stuff

    • We can’t overstate just how much easier your move will be if you organize your belongings and toss, recycle, or donate what you don’t need instead of lugging it with you to your new home. It’s an undertaking, but these tips can help you do it.
  • Do a closet purge. 
  • Get rid of items you wouldn’t buy again.
  • Make donation pick-up arrangements.
  • Saving money on your move
    In addition to being a lot of work, moves can also cost you a lot of money. Follow these moving budget hacks to keep your costs down.
  • Eat as much of the food in your house as you can before moving day. 

5. Keep Yourself Organized with an Old-School Spreadsheet

  • Label each box with a number, and in an excel sheet, give details of the contents.
  • The best way to pack for moving is to start earlier, rather than later.


How to pack for a move

Packing to move might be the most time-consuming part of the whole process. To help things move faster follow these tips:

  • Don’t empty your dresser drawers. Take the drawers out of the dresser, and leave the items in there.
  • Leave your clothes on the hanger and wrap them in large garbage bags.
  • Put your linens, towels, and other soft items to use. Wrap up breakables
  • Use pots to hold small kitchen items. 
  • Wrap a small bit of plastic wrap around things that might spill. 
  • Pack your suitcases. 
  • Take a picture of the back of your TV to help with the install later.
  • IKEA Bags Are a Great Last-Minute Packing container
  • Have a few pairs of scissors or razor blades. 

6. Set a timer and pack for an hour a day.

  • To save time, don’t rush; Be diligent but don’t rush.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. When it comes to packing, break down your packing into steps. If you procrastinate and try to pack everything the night before, you’ll likely become overwhelmed with stress.
  • Tackle one room at a time and spend an hour each day packing up items into boxes. Pack pairs or sets together and make sure your box is the appropriate size to hold a complete set of belongings.
  •  Accept That There’s No Moving Hack to Get Around Making a Mess. Be patient, take it one step at a time.

7. Repurpose household items for packing.

Think about how you can repurpose things you have — like hampers, suitcases and laundry bins for storing some of your clothes and household items. To help take up as little space as possible, use vacuum sealing for your clothes.

8. Give each room a different color packing label.

To stay organized, print off multi-colored packing labels or use different colored masking tape and give each room its own color. Label the contents of each box and include the room it belongs in. Then in your new place, use colored tape to mark entrances to rooms. This moving tip will save movers a ton of time. Instead of needing to read the label explicitly or play the room guessing game, they can just match color to color.

9. Don’t overpack a moving box.

One mistake a lot of people make when moving is trying to cram all of their belongings into a few cardboard boxes they have around the house. Use as many boxes as you need to create easy-to-lift loads. Keep your largest boxes to no more than 50 pounds.

10. Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.

Fill in any gaps with packing paper, clothing, or foam peanuts to prevent items from shifting around during the move. Use tape to close the bottom and top seams and around the edges where stress is concentrated.

11. Bundle the breakables.

For any fragile items, you pack, use plenty of bunched-up paper and padding. Never place these items in boxes freely without some extra cushion. Spend the time packing these items correctly to save you stress in the long run.

12. Label and take photos of furniture parts and accessories.

Take the extra time to protect larger pieces of furniture before you move. Remove and secure all drawers and doors beforehand. Also, label cables, drawers, doors, and anything you need to remove so you know where it goes when you put it back together. Put screws and bolts into plastic bags and tape these to the back of the furniture.

When packing up electronics, take a photo of the back configuration so you remember which cord goes where. Take photos of any furniture you take apart to serve as a guide for putting it back together. Also, make sure you label doors, screws, and anything else you take apart.

13. Use wool string to open boxes easier.

14. Don’t pack these items with other household belongings.

Consider what should not be packed in the moving truck. Some things can be hazardous during the moving process, so it is best to move them separately or dispose of them before moving.

Tools, painting equipment, and cleaning chemicals should be packed together in clearly marked boxes. You may want to use plastic totes to prevent messy or dangerous leaks. Pack bottles and medications together and keep them separate from other belongings.

Other items to pack separately:

  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine granules
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Auto batteries

15. Pack a moving essentials box to Avoid Unpacking Nightmares

When you first move into a new home, it’s unlikely the first thing you’re going to want to do is to unpack clothes, do laundry, and go grocery shopping. Moving can take a lot out of your family, which is why creating a moving essentials tote ahead of time is tremendously helpful.

“Pack all of your essentials in one box and take it with you in your car or the cab of the truck. I usually pack things like my toothbrush, toothpaste, phone charger, paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, etc. and this is the first box I unpack. Then you can use your new bathroom as you’re moving and if you don’t finish unpacking you don’t have to dig through boxes to find the stuff you need to shower, eat, or whatever.”

Moving day moving hacks

Moving day itself is super tiring—and it can be frustrating not having time to meet your basic needs

  • Pack a cooler with water bottles and quick snacks in your car.
  • Car trashcan to keep things neat on the road.
  • Baby wipes for quick clean-up before eating.
  • Have a roll of toilet paper, just in case nature calls.
  • Plan meals to be delivered or make something quick that can be stored in the cooler.
  • Have a plan for little kids and pets.
  • Be packed up the day before moving day.
  • Put together a moving essentials bag. Pack a small duffle bag or suitcase with the items you’ll need access to during your move and right after you’ve arrived at your new place, such as important documents, medications, chargers, basic toiletries, and a couple of changes of clothes, etc.


You’ve finally arrived, but there’s still more to be done. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and speed up the unpacking process.

  • Start With Your Bed

  • Set up the bed first. Then make it. Then do everything else. It’s a pain to have what might be a long day and no bed to fall into. At least this way when you are over the whole thing, you can just give up and go to sleep.”
  • Next with the kitchen. 
  • Give yourself a deadline. 
  • Give yourself no choice. Use your bed or bathtub to dump out a box of items for that room. Now you have no choice but to clear it all out and put everything away.
  • Break down boxes as you empty them. 

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