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Taking the Stress Out of Your Move

When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.

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5 Packing Tips To Make Your Life Easier

by Deann Wade

Are you getting ready to move? If so, you probably have your work cut out for you, but there are ways to make the job a little more organized. Take a look at these five packing tips that will make your life easier.

1. Don't Mix Rooms 

Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. This will make the job of unpacking at your new home faster and easier.

2. Pack a Clear "Necessities Tote"

Instead of digging through boxes in search of necessities (e.g. personal care items, pet food, etc.) you need at the new home before you've had a chance to unpack everything, pack a clear plastic "necessities tote" that you can take in the car with you.

3. Keep an Inventory List

Making an inventory list of everything contained in your moving boxes may sound like a hassle, but it will make the job of unpacking much more organized. Here's all you have to do:

  1. After packing a box, use a permanent marker to label the box with a number and the name of the room where it belongs (e.g. kitchen, living room, etc.).
  2. In a notebook, write down each box number and a brief description of its contents.
  3. When you reach your new house, make sure all boxes are accounted for by checking them off your inventory list.

Plus, if you really need to find something quick, your inventory list will be a great help.

4. Wrap Fragile Items in Linens

If you don't want to spend a lot of dough on bubble wrap or packing paper, use clothing, towels and linens to protect breakables inside the boxes. Besides being cheaper, this is the most environmentally friendly way to pack because you're not adding used packing materials to landfills.

5. Pack Heavy Items in the Smallest Boxes

Never pack your heavy tools, books and other items in large boxes because they will become too heavy to manage. A good rule of thumb is to always pack the lightest items you own in the largest moving boxes.

Finally, it's important to note that you should always keep medications with you during the move. The temperature in the back of many moving trucks is not climate-controlled, so excessive heat could affect the effectiveness of your meds. Either put them in your clear necessities tote (see #2) or keep them in your purse so you'll always know exactly where to find them, when needed. For more tips, ask your moving company (such as Canadian Van Lines).

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