- Use socks to pack glasses and stemware. Socks that are midrise and taller works perfectly. You have to pack them anyway, so they might as well be put to good use.
- Cut a piece of a box and cover it with a pillowcase. Lay your necklaces, bracelets, etc., flat on the pillowcase and then wrap the entire thing tightly in plastic wrap to hold them in place. This will prevent them from getting tangled until you can hang them up again.
- Place a cotton ball or pad in with powder cosmetics to help keep them from breaking. Don’t ask how it works; it just does!
- Use Glad Press’n Seal on drawers to secure contents. Why box all this stuff up? A dresser or nightstand is its own moving box; it simply needs a lid.
- Place Styrofoam or paper plates in between plates and bowls to keep them from breaking.
- Use suitcases, hampers, decorative baskets, picnic baskets, etc., to pack heavier items. A rolling suitcase is perfect for heavy electronics, shoes, or books.
- Use a sheet to move all your clothes on hangers. Keep everything on hangers and pile them in the middle of a sheet. Tie the ends together and carry it out to your car like a dead body. It will lie perfectly across your backseat and all contents will remain clean, even if your car’s interior is covered in dog hair.
- Use a bar of Dove soap or white toothpaste to fill nail holes in the walls of your old place. Just rub the bar over the hole and it fills them.
- If you have a fridge or freezer that needs defrosting manually, make sure you do this at least 24 hours prior to the movers’ arrival. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a mess all over the floor of your new home.
- Mark at least two sides of every box with either words or colored stickers, so you know what room they go in, and which to open first. If you only label one side of the box it will likely end up facing the wall. It is quite possible that movers do this intentionally to humor themselves, but they will never admit it.
- If you have some boxes with odds and ends, put a number on the box and create a master inventory list. Otherwise you probably will never remember that at the last minute you threw the coffee in with the dog’s treats and the toaster and shower curtain are in with toys from the playroom.
If you are planning a move, you have probably already browsed the Internet looking for helpful tips. There is definitely some great information available, but a lot of it is quite repetitive. You might just feel as though surely there are more tips out there that will work for you. Well, there is! Below are 11 packing and moving tips. They may seem peculiar, but they might be exactly what you need.