Moving to a new home is definitely one of life’s most stressful experiences. Researchers have tried to quantify exactly how stressful life’s big events are, and moving is almost always in the top ten or twenty. I just moved last week, and I can tell you that moving definitely deserves to make the list.
No matter how organized and detail-oriented you are, when you move, things are going to go wrong. Your possessions will get broken, or they’ll go missing. You will spend more money than you planned to. You will discover unpleasant things about your new home that you overlooked during the inspection. On top of all that, moving is a massive logistical and physical undertaking that’s exhausting no matter what.
Don’t move. But if you have to anyway, you’re in luck. People way smarter than me have come up with moving hacks that will make the experience slightly easier. And when you’re in the middle of the move, you need all the help you can get.
1. Put your hanging clothes into trash bags so you don’t have to re-hang them.
If I had known about this tip last week, it would have saved me approximately 400 hours of work.
2. Use toilet paper rolls to stop your cables from turning into a tangled mess.
3. Protect the edges of framed paintings with a cut-up pool noodle.
4. Create a color-coded system to keep track of which boxes go in which rooms.
5. Use a Post-it note to catch dust from drilling.
6. Fill a bag with essentials for the first night in your new place.
7. If you’re removing a difficult screw, use a wide rubber band to give the screwdriver more grip.
8. Put small, heavy items like canned goods in a rolling suitcase.
9. Use nail polish to color coordinate your keys.
10. Running out of bubble wrap? Use soft things like towels, sheets, and socks.
11. Use zip ties to keep your silverware together.
12. Use rubber bands to keep pots and lids together.
13. Oven mitts make a great knife carrier.
14. Use a box cutter to make handles for cardboard boxes.
15. Put styrofoam plates between breakable plates for extra padding.