Move More With Less: The Ultimate Moving Checklist
Moving to a new home can be a fun and exciting adventure! If you’ve lived in one place for a while, packing up your entire household may seem like an overwhelming task. While boxes and packing materials are a must-have, you don’t need a moving box for every single item. It is possible to utilize every inch of your packing space with alternative items. This moving checklist will get you on your way to a safe and efficient move.
#1 — Plan Your Move
First thing you need to tackle on your moving checklist is to contact your utility companies and provide a date for discontinuing your service. Then contact the utility companies at your destination to arrange for new service. Get change of address forms from your post office, and fill out the paperwork to have your mail forwarded to your new address. The earlier you start planning for your move, the easier the transition will be.
There are several moving apps available to keep you organized and on track during your move. Some of them allow you to share information with others in your household; this means you and your family can stay on the same page with the moving plans. Also, be sure to keep track of your expenses if you are moving for your job. As of 2015, some of your moving expenses may be tax deductible if you moved at least 50 miles for a new job. 
#2 — Saving That Space
Space is a major commodity when you're moving. Boxes are perfect for packing because they're uniform and stack easily, but often there is a lot of empty space inside them. Packing peanuts and other packing materials fill up spaces, but an alternative is to use soft objects like socks and stuffed toys. Fill oven mitts with large utensils and place lotions and other small items inside shoes. The important thing is to avoid as much empty space as possible in your moving boxes.
#3 — Protecting Fragile Items
Wrap fragile collectibles in crumpled packing paper, followed by a layer of bubble roll. Crumpling up the paper adds more cushion between your items. Foam plates also make excellent buffers when placed between pieces of fine china. Just be sure to stand the plates on end instead of lying them flat, because plates absorb shock better when packed at this angle. You can also double-box fragile items by using clothes as a buffer between the moving boxes; this prevents movement and works as two-for-one packing!
#4 — Wrap Everything
Instead of emptying silverware holders and plastic bins, enfold them in plastic wrap. When you reach your destination, all you have to do is cut off the wrap.
Plastic wrap is great for small objects as well. Place the wrapped items inside boxes and other large containers to avoid them sliding around or getting lost. Plastic bags also work well for this purpose. For larger jobs, shrink wrap helps to protect furniture and bind moving boxes together.
#5 — Bags for the Win
Clean garbage bags are cheap and convenient for packing soft and irregular-shaped items — as well as clothes on hangers. Slide an open bag over your clothes in your closet with the hangers sticking out of the top. Label the outside of the bag with the name of the person whose closet it belongs in. When you reach your destination, hang the clothes in the new closet, and simply tear off the bag.
Knowing how to pack efficiently and utilizing a moving checklist can make your move simpler. Get creative and use every inch of space in your moving boxes to save you time and money and to ensure your belongings make it to your new home in one piece.
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