According to moveBuddha, 2019 saw about 31 million people move into the United States. While the prospect of moving and the change it brings can be exciting, the process is often hectic and frustrating. There is so much to do that even the most organized person can make mistakes. However, with the right approach, you can make your move less stressful. Here are five moving hacks you can't afford to miss out on.
1. Use Mobile Storage Containers
Mobile storage containers let you move your belongings right into your container rather than dealing with daily truck rental fees. This feature results in significant cost and time savings. With mobile storage containers, you also enjoy the convenience of knowing how much you can fit in a container without worrying about over- or under-packing. The containers offer clean, high-security storage space for your valuable belongings. Mobile storage containers actually offer the same level of security as conventional self-storage units.
2. Stock Up on Packing Supplies Before Your Move
According to THE EVERYGIRL, cardboard boxes cost anywhere from $1.80 to $4 per box at a store. Considering how much stuff you have and how many boxes you'll need to pack everything, your relocation costs can increase by hundreds of dollars if you purchase new boxes.
Instead, start keeping the boxes that come with your online purchases, or ask local big box retailers (such as grocery stores) if they have boxes they're trying to get rid of and repurpose them as your packing boxes. Moving is also a perfect time to use suitcases, complimentary totes you received at events, and reusable shopping bags.
3. Sort Your Possessions by Room
Go through the closets, cabinets, and drawers in each room, noting what you want to keep and what you can do without. Next, take an inventory of your furniture and other accessories, noting which items aren't worth bringing to your new home. Finally, get rid of any pieces that won't fit into your new home.
4. Use Boxes of the Right Size
According to HGTV, you should pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in bigger ones. This approach will make organizing and packing the boxes into the moving truck much easier. To avoid damaging the breakables, pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones at the top.
5. Label Moving Boxes on All Sides
Labeling boxes on all sides makes them easier to identify. This way, the movers won't need to turn the boxes on their sides or remove them from a stack to find the label. You can use colored packing tape for labeling. It's a good idea to include the room where each box belongs.
Being prepared always makes life better, and moving is no exception. Use these tips for your upcoming move and watch how smoothly it goes. For help with storage for your next move, get in touch with us at COWS Mobile Storage today.