Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Move

Whether your move is local or across country, you'll have a smoother move if you plan wisely. On the next few pages you'll find some tips and tricks I've learned during the dozen or so moves I've made during my adult life.  

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Pack and Purge
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Packing and Purging

Moving is a great time to rid yourself of things you no longer need.  Purging Your Closet in Four Easy Steps will help with clothing. For other rooms I suggest using extra boxes marked for donation or giving to family that might need them.


  1. If you can afford it, buy boxes in close to the same dimensions for easier stacking. You can always sell them for a little less than what you paid for them on CL or FB for-sale pages. Remind the buyers that they can do the same.
  2. Don’t skimp on using tape especially on the bottom of boxes. They can get very heavy and it’s not worth the money saved to wind up with someone injured because of a box coming apart and their tripping over items that fell out or breaking something packed inside.
  3. Itemize every… single… box. It takes a little extra time, but in the long run it saves you time in searching for something you need after the move. If you can team up with someone, have them write down what you pack.
  4. Designate a color for each room of the house and use that color marker to label those boxes or the color coded printable labels at the end of this article. Mark large arrows showing which side is up on each side. Also write the name of the room using the marker in it’s color on each side and the top of the box. This comes in handy when unloading the truck as you don’t have to worry about turning boxes around to see where it goes. Also the person carrying it can look at the top to see which room they need to take it to. After carrying many boxes into a home you are bound to forget what you picked up last after a while.
  5. Use a glue stick to place the itemized label on one side of the box as it’s much faster than tape and no sense wasting tape on labels that will be….
  6. Cover each itemized label with clear contact paper. This keeps the label protected from weather and sweaty hands from smearing what’s written, but you can still cross out items as they are removed from the box if you’re not unpacking every thing at once.
  7. Don’t skimp on the bubble wrap. To save time from cutting pieces weave it ribbon candy like between dishes. For smaller breakables cut long narrow strips to swaddle them. Tear off when it’s covered and move onto the next piece.
  8. Use news paper and/or packing peanuts to fill gaps in boxes with highly breakable items.
  9. Using painters tape place the correct color of construction paper on the wall beside the door to each room according to the color designated for that room.  If your new home has an open concept floor plan then place the correct color of paper in the area you want the boxes.
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Becky is an organizational guru, a fanatic for furniture restoration, sewing for the home and DIY home projects from design to fruition.