How To Pack Your Bedding

What packing materials you’ll need
When packing bedding for a move, the good news is that you’ll only need a few basic packing materials to complete the task: medium and large cardboard boxes, packing paper, plastic bags, a roll of packing tape, and a permanent marker.

-Cardboard boxes. Remember that you’ll need large boxes when packing lighter and more voluminous items, such as pillows and comforters, and medium boxes when packing blankets, towels, and sheets.
-Packing paper. One stack of soft white packing paper should be enough to line your boxes as an additional layer of protection. Read on for more information.
-Plastic bags. Plastic bags and covers will protect your linens and bedding from getting soiled during the move. Also, plastic protects well against moisture – the mortal enemy of all fabric items. Sturdy but clean garbage bags will do okay.
-Packing tape. Nothing special here, just make sure you purchase good-quality packing tape.
-A marker. A permanent black marker will suffice, you won’t ordinarily need any other colors to label the boxes.

The moment you have the required packing materials is the moment you can begin packing your bedding into suitable cardboard boxes. During the packing process, you can choose to use plastic bags as extra protection, or you can decide to place that additional protection to the cardboard boxes instead.

Both methods of packing bedding for moving are fine. However, using protective plastic sheets does offer a higher level of protection for your bedroom stuff.

Step 1: Select the right size of the box for each type of bedding: medium boxes for sheets, towels, linens, and heavier blankets, and large boxes for pillows, comforters and lighter and fluffier blankets.
Step 2: Do not place extra cushioning inside the boxes because you’ll only lose precious space this way. Your soft goods do not need any protection against vibrations, shocks, or even direct hits during the move.
Step 3: How to pack bedding using plastic bags? As mentioned above, plastic covers will protect your fabric items from dust and especially from moisture. Before arranging your bedding items into the box, slip them into plastic bags and use tiny pieces of tape to hold the wrappings in place.
Step 4: How to pack bedding without plastic bags? Your bedding still needs to be kept safe during the move, so instead of protecting them directly, this time you may choose to protect them indirectly. Line the boxes with a single layer of large sheets of packing paper by placing them carefully on the bottom and up along the sides. This way, your bedding items will stay clean all the way to the new home.
Step 5: How to pack comforters for moving? Fold neatly your duvet, place it inside a plastic bag that is big enough for it or line its box with paper, and then transfer it into the largest container you have available. Press down hard on your comforter to compress it and make room for other bedding items.
Step 6: How to pack pillows for moving? Pillows are great padding and cushioning materials and you should seriously consider using them to fill any remaining spaces in boxed packed with fragile and breakable items – (wine) glasses, kitchen plates, etc. Also, pillows can be safely packed into drawers. Still, if you prefer to pack your pillows with the rest of your bedding items, arrange them above the comforter(s) and again, press them down to compact them as much as possible.
Step 7. How to pack blankets for moving? You may have heard just how indispensable furniture blankets are as protective materials during a home move. Luckily, your home blankets can serve you well too – similar to pillows, they have excellent padding and cushioning qualities. To keep them with the rest of your bedding items, fold your blankets, stack them and transfer them into a medium-sized box that’s already been lined with paper.
Step 8. How to pack towels and sheets when moving? Remember that you’re moving your towels and bed sheets anyway, so why not take advantage of their protective abilities? You can practically save money by using less bubble wrap by choosing to wrap delicate and highly breakable items in your thick bath towels. Bed sheets will serve you better as space fillers than as wrappers. Fold, stack, and arrange your towels and sheets into medium cardboard boxes if your fragile items have already been well-protected.
Step 9. Place one final sheet of packing paper on the top when you’re done packing a box with bedding items, then close the flaps and seal the box with tape.
Step 10. Use your black marker pen to label the boxes. Instead of writing BEDDING on a moving container, mark the destination room BEDROOM, and then the specific items packed inside the box: COMFORTERS, PILLOWS, BED SHEETS, BLANKETS, or TOWELS. This way, you’ll know exactly which containers to unpack to set up the beds upon arrival and which ones to unpack at a later stage.

Finally, when packing bedding for a move, you may wish to use one proven trick to maximize the storage space inside your boxes by shrinking the volume of your comforters, pillows, and blankets. Yes, you’ve guessed it right – we’re referring to the magic trick of using the shrinking power of vacuum storage bags.

Things You May Forget To Pack When Moving

Here are the top 7 things people forget to pack when they move house.

#1: Prescription medication
Medicines are one of the most commonly forgotten things to pack when moving because they often get left in medicine cabinets and closets. And while it’s okay to leave a few bottles of Aspirin behind, you may have essential prescription medication that you need regularly, probably even daily, and forgetting to pack and take with you such vital medicines may turn out to be a big problem.

Do not forget your medicines – they can be extremely important and should not be left behind! Go through your medicine cabinet and make sure you pack every medication you need inside an essentials box – the very box that will stay with you throughout the move. Remember to take your first-aid kit too.

#2: Important documents
It may be disastrous to forget to pack important documents, especially the ones you will need during or immediately after the house move. To make sure all essential documents remain with you regardless of the relocation phase, prepare a moving binder and keep the vital documentation inside it.

Don’t forget to pack all important personal documents (passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.), employment and work-related documents (work contract, letters of recommendation, etc.), housing documents (property deeds, rental agreements, etc.), legal and financial documents (wills, Power of Attorney documents, bank statements, etc.), motor vehicle documents (vehicle registration, motor insurance documents, etc.), medical records, school records, and more.

#3: Items placed in storage
Sometimes storage areas get neglected or underestimated during the packing process, which may lead to you failing to pack up and move some important items that have been placed in storage prior to the packing process.

Double-check all storage spaces in your home such as the attic, basement, garage or tool shed, and see if there are any items you just have to move with you. If so, then prepare them for packing. Also, you may have rented an outside storage facility, such as a self-storage unit, where you probably keep a number of useful things you’d love to take with you as well.

So, go through all storage areas and make sure you haven’t forgotten to pack something valuable.

#4: Loaned items
The things people always forget to pack when they move are the items they have lent out to friends and family members. Stop for a moment and think about whether someone has borrowed any items from you recently – books, DVDs, shoes, pieces of clothing, and so on.

If you’re only moving a short distance away, failing to get back loaned items shouldn’t be a big deal because you can collect those things after the move is over. However, if you’re moving across the country or even to another country altogether, then it’ll be much more challenging to get back what’s yours.

Still, you know how packing up fewer items will save you both packing time and shipping expenses, so maybe the upcoming move is a good excuse to just “forget” about the items you’ve lent out to your good friends.

#5: Clothes at the dry cleaner’s
Sooner or later it’s bound to happen to you too – you’ve dropped off your favorite winter coat at the dry cleaner’s and then you’re getting ready to move out and you’ve forgotten all about it. This is the usual case when you’ve decided to dry clean clothes that are out of season or ones that you only wear on special occasions.

So, it’s obvious that any clothes dropped off at the dry cleaner’s are some of the things not to forget when packing for a move. Try to remember if you’ve got any attire at your local dry cleaner’s, or just phone them up to make sure.

#6: Bathroom items: toiletries and shower curtains
Your bathroom items are one of the very last things to pack up simply because you’re likely to need them until the very last moment. You’ll probably want to take a quick shower just before it’s time to move out of your current home, so all your bathroom stuff such as shampoo, shower gel, hair conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, and even hair drier will be there, still unboxed and all. The chances are that your shower curtains and your bath mat will also be waiting for you to pack them up for the road.

Make a mental note to go to the bathroom and make one final check before it’s time for you to leave. After all, it can be rather awkward to take a shower in your new place without a shower curtain and all.

#7: Valuables hidden around the home
One of the most common things people forget to pack when moving happens to be various types of valuables hidden around the home – anything from cash, precious jewelry to even family heirlooms. Do you have a secret hiding spot in your house or apartment? If you do, then your first task is to check it out. What about a portable safe? A safety deposit box? Or maybe even a chest of priceless items buried in the backyard of your home?

Make a list of the most valuable items you own and then check off each one as you’re packing it safely into your Open-First Box. Remember that your essentials box, or boxes, must remain with you throughout the entire move.

Regrettably, there are other things we tend to forget to pack when moving house as well. Here are a number of other honorable mentions for the title Commonly Forgotten Items When Packing For a Move:

Clothes hangers;
Hands tools;
Shoes;
Charges;
Cleaning supplies;
Household plants.

What To Do Before Your Movers Arrive?

If you know how to prepare for movers and packers, you will save a lot of valuable time and splitting headaches on Moving day. Here are the 20 most important things to do before the movers arrive:

Purge your home
Sort out your belongings and declutter your home prior to your move in order to simplify it. Sell or donate all the items you will no longer need in your new surroundings to save the time required for packing them and the money for shipping them.

Know what cannot be moved
It is very important to request a list of all the items that your movers will not ship for you and make the necessary arrangements:
-Find specialty movers or plan to move your pets and/or plants yourself as they cannot be loaded on the moving truck;
-Use up or give away to friends and neighbors any perishable food and hazardous materials you may have (motor oils, antifreeze, paint, charcoal, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, car batteries, cleaning supplies and other flammable, explosive or corrosive items).

Get insurance
Choose an appropriate valuation protection plan and buy additional insurance if necessary (it’s highly recommendable in case you intend to move items of great monetary or sentimental value). Make sure you know all your options and understand all the differences and specific conditions of the different types of liability protection offered by your chosen movers.

Create an inventory
Create a detailed inventory of all the items you are about to move. It will be very useful when organizing your stuff and will serve as proof of the contents of your household shipment should something go missing or get damaged. It is a good idea to list the serial numbers of all of your electronics and appliances, as well as their brands and types.

Clean and organize
Make sure all the items that will be packed in boxes and taken to your new place are clean and in good condition. You don’t want damaged devices and furniture pieces, stained fabric or dirty appliances, etc. to come in contact with new or delicate items and ruin them. Don’t forget to do the obvious:

-Unplug, empty and clean all the electrical appliances (fridge, dishwasher, etc.). Remove the batteries from whatever devices will be transported in the moving truck;
-Empty drawers, cupboards, book shelves, etc.;
-Drain the fuel out of your lawn mower, snow blower, or other fuel-powered tool you are taking with you;
-Strip the beds and all other furniture pieces of covers, decorative cushions, linen, etc. and pack the bedding separately.

Pre-pack small items
Keep small items tidy – put them in sealable bags, so that they don’t get lost or scattered during the transportation. Actually, any souvenirs, small decorations, desk organizers and a number of other bric-a-brac will only delay your movers and get in their way. Pack them yourself even if you have hired professional packers.

Label
Put labels, color-codes, and specific instructions to every item or pre-packed box or anything else you want to be handled with special care or to find its rightful place immediately.

Separate items
Keep the items that your movers should not pack and load on the moving truck separately. You are advised to mark a no-pack/no-entry room in your home where to store everything that you will not entrust to the movers. These items include but are not limited to:

-Personal documents;
-Valuables – heirlooms, jewelry, artwork, collector items;
-Essentials box;
-Small electronic devices of crucial importance – laptop, phone, camera, tablet.

Measure doors and prepare furniture
Plan an appropriate escape route out of your home – measure the doors and see if your larger furniture will fit through them and along narrow corridors, sharp turns, and steep staircases. When you have found the easiest way to take your stuff out, make sure the path is clear of any obstacles and as safe as possible. You can even disassemble bulky furniture pieces that may cause a problem (keep the detached parts and the small hardware elements together with the piece they belong to) and wrap them in blankets or plastic warp for extra protection. If you are not up to the task, at least you will be able to direct your movers as to what pieces should be dismantled beforehand and how to squeeze them out as easy as possible.

Arrange to be present on Moving day
All the above-described preparations will come very handy on Moving day, but what matters the most is whether you will be present to oversee the process and provide relevant information, proper directions and invaluable assistance to your movers. Arrange to be in your home when the movers arrive.

Plan for pets and kids
It is recommended to leave your children and pets with a relative or a close friend until all the moving procedures in your old property are over. Away from all the tension and the chaos, they will be safe and you will be able to concentrate on the urgent matters at hand. If this is not possible, find a babysitter to look after your young ones in a separate room where they will not be disturbed and place pets in a kennel or cage, or in a fenced area for the day.

Mind the weather
Take precautionary measures according to the current atmospheric conditions – put on appropriate clothes, make sure your children and pets are inside on cold or rainy days, cover the floors with newspaper or old rugs to protect the floors from mud and dirt, cover all your belongings in plastic wrap to keep them from getting wet, etc.

Prepare house for movers
Do your best to prevent damage to your old property which needs to be in good condition, so that you can sell it under favorable conditions or receive your security deposit without problems in case you are leaving a rental:

-Protect floors and carpets with efficient coverings and place doormats to prevent some of the dirt;
-Protect walls and corners with the help of old fabrics and corner guards, wrap banisters in moving blankets, or bubble wrap, or old sheets, etc., and cover the stairs with protective anti-slippery coating;
-Use foam paddings to protect your door frames and remove doors from their hinges if necessary;
-Remove paintings, mirrors and clocks from the walls to prevent damaging them.

Take photos
Take lots of pictures before the movers arrive. They will not only be a proof of the good condition of your household items and your property but will also help you remember your old place well and arrange your new one in the same way if you want to.

Secure personal data
Make sure neither the movers nor anyone else has access to your personal information – keep credit cards and bank information securely locked, protect your computer with a password, shred any old documents and do whatever is necessary to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft.

Double check everything
Before the moving company arrives, go through every corner of your old home one last time to make sure nothing is left behind. Check the attic, the basement, the garage, inside the bathroom or under the kitchen countertops – just inspect the entire place one final time.

Have bags and extra supplies
Make sure there are some extra bags and boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap for last-minute packing emergencies!

Provide snacks and drinks
Recharge your movers’ energy levels to secure an efficient and speedy job. Offer bottled water and some snacks to the moving crew and designate a bathroom they can use (it should be equipped with liquid soap and disposable hand towels).

Have cash for tips
Get some cash ready to tip your movers if you are pleased with their work. Add some extra dollars for extremely heavy items, narrow corridors and stairs, etc.

Maintain a sense of humor
Adopt a positive approach and find a way around unexpected problems. A good joke and a friendly comment will help reduce the tension and if you don’t allow stress to build up, your relocation experience will be nothing short of gratifying success.

So, how to prepare for professional movers? Prepare your household items, prepare your home and prepare your mind for an exciting and beneficial moving adventure!

What Do You Pack First?

The first things to pack will be the things you need the least.

Storage Area Items
Anything & everything that has been safely stored away and hidden out of sight such as in garages, basements, or attics, is certainly rarely used and little needed (if at all). It is highly unlikely that you will need any of these half-forgotten items in the time left until moving day. Start organizing them and packing them away as early as possible. Remember that going through the storage areas in your home and sorting out all the miscellaneous things kept there will take a lot of time and effort.

Tips: Sort in piles:

Pile 1: “Discard Pile” All the items that are damaged pieces should go in the discard pile, to be thrown out.

Pile 2: “Donated/Give Away/Moving Sale Pile” The knick-knacks, decorations, old furniture, specialty equipment, craft supplies, tools, etc., that are still in good conditions but you don’t like anymore or won’t be able to use in your new surroundings.

Pile 3: Pack For Moving Pile” Anything that has considerable practical, aesthetic, or sentimental value and you don’t want to part with.

Needless to say, you need to dispose of the first pile immediately and take care of the second one as soon as possible (otherwise you may reconsider your decisions and start pulling items out of that pile). Organize a moving sale or sell online any costly possessions of yours that you’re not taking with you (artwork, sports gear, specialized tools, etc.), donate practical items of little market value (old clothes, toys, furniture pieces, etc.), and give away to friends and family whatever they may like or need.

All the rarely used items from the third pile (things you intend to take to your new home) should be packed and prepared for shipment a month or so before the actual relocation. Make sure you:

-Create a detailed inventory of the items you are packing and document their current condition;
-Provide your items with excellent protection against moisture, dust, bugs, etc. (have in mind that the first things you pack for moving will stay in the boxes for quite a long time);
-Label the boxes properly as you won’t remember which items went where;
-Stack all the packed boxes in a separate area where they won’t get in your way;
properly prepare the large tools and equipment you’re going to take with you (lawnmowers, snow blowers, bikes, etc.) – any fuel should be drained out of the tanks, sharp edges and cutting parts should be safely wrapped, and so on.

Have in mind that most moving companies are not allowed to relocate certain typical garage contents (motor oils, antifreeze, paint and paint thinners, charcoal, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, car batteries, as well as any flammable, explosive or corrosive items) for safety reasons, so you should not waste your time packing them. Unless you can move the non-allowables yourself, you’ll have to get rid of them before the relocation – use them up, give them away, etc.

Non-Essential items
The term “non-essentials” refers to everything you can live without for a few weeks – things in drawers, closets, cabinets, etc. that you won’t miss if they stay packed away in boxes for a month or two. Have in mind that fragile items should be packed with utmost care & marked “fragile”.

Rooms To Pack First
Now it’s time to move on to the other less commonly used rooms in your home, such as the guest rooms and the living room. The most essential rooms – the kitchen, the kids’ room (if applicable), the bedroom, and the bathroom – should be packed last, of course.

Make sure you have enough clothes to last for the next few days (including appropriate attire for moving day), take out the plastic utensils (forget all about cooking during the last day or two before your move), have your kids each choose one set of toys they want to keep out for the last few days, put aside the items that will get into your box of essentials and pack all the rest of your belongings (do not forget to prepare household appliances and disassemble large furniture pieces, as well). Keep a few extra boxes and bags handy for last-minute packing endeavors.

Moving Hack Tip of The Week

How to get your deposit back

  • If you’re renting, take photos of your old place as you move out and photos of your new place as you move in.
  • Remove any dents in the carpet that furniture left behind with ice cubes. Simply place the ice cubes on the dents, let them melt, and use a spoon to lift the fibers.

  • Broken glass on the floor? Use a slice of bread to pick up the pieces that your broom missed!
  • To make picture frames more stable and protect your walls from scuffing, cut off pencil erasers and glue them to the back of the frame before hanging it up.
  • Wrap a rubber band around a hammer to prevent scuffing the wall when removing nails.

  • To get stains out of the carpet, use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and  parts water. Add some lemon essential oil to the mixture, shake lightly, spray the area, and let set for a minute. Scrub with a scrub brush, and voila — good as new!
  • If you have scuff marks on hardwood floors, cut a hole in a tennis ball, stick the ball on the end of a broom, and rub the scuff mark until it disappears.

Moving Hack Tip of The Week

Save time, money, and hassle while packing

  • Ask local retailers and businesses for their gently used boxes.
  • Protect fragile items with magazines and newspaper instead of packing peanuts. Beware of the ink!
  • While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking simpler.

  • Use laundry baskets, trash bins, and suitcases as boxes.
  • In lieu of bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with clothing and linens.
  • Put stemware and glasses inside clean socks for extra padding.
  • As you dissemble furniture, keep all screws and hardware in a plastic bag. Label the bag and tape it to the furniture itself, or designate a separate box with hardware for all your furniture.
  • Use colored packing tape to keep your boxes organized. Be sure to label which room the box belongs to!
  • Write the contents of each box on the box, or on an inventory list. If you’re feeling tech savvy, create an Excel document that tracks the contents of each box. Simply search for the item that you need in the document, and you’ll know which box to open!
  • If you use plastic wrap, you can leave your items in whichever container or storage bin they’re in. For example, simply wrap your utensils organizer with plastic wrap instead of letting your forks and knives run loose in a box!
  • Label the sides of boxes so you can read the labels even when the boxes are stacked.
  • Unpack your boxes by room to prevent constant back and forth trips around the house, especially if you have stairs!
  • Grab some space saver bags to maximize your storage space and minimize your boxes.

  • Fill up pots and pans with spices containers, dish towels, and other kitchen items to save space.
  • Avoid nasty smells and leaks by defrosting your fridge completely the night before your move.
  • If you’re moving your refrigerator, wrap your refrigerator and freezer in plastic wrap to keep the doors from opening during transit.

Create Your Own Master Moving To-Do List

When you move homes, you inevitably end up having 600 different things to do and remember. Don’t let all these tasks and important reminders, no matter how seemingly obvious, slip your mind.

Write them down somewhere. Put them in the Notes app on your phone, in the to-do list app Wunderlist that professionals use, or go old-school with a giant yellow legal pad.

No detail is too insignificant. You just remembered the name of the little bookstore in town that will accept your used novels? Write it down.

Not sure which novels to donate? Here’s how to decide what books to keep or get rid of.

You stuck that extra screw from the broken drawer next to the sink? Take note.

You have to return your cable box to your provider at least one day before you leave? Jot it down.

 

10 Things To Do With Bubble Wrap After You Move

Here are 10 things to do with bubble wrap after the move: useful and fun ways to reuse bubble wrap after you move into a new home.

#1: Keep it for your next move
Some sheets of bubble wrap will probably get ruined during the move, and that’s fine, but the ones that are intact should definitely be used again, at least one more time. You never know when the next house move will come knocking on the door, so it’s good to be prepared when it comes to packing supplies.

Unlike cardboard boxes, bubble wrap requires relatively small storage space – you will probably be surprised how much of it you can cram into a single storage box. Bubble wrap has many practical uses, as you will see below, so the very first thing you should consider is to just store it until you need it once more.

#2: Insulate your home
Thanks to the trapped air inside each bubble, the protective material is an excellent insulator – something you can use to your advantage whenever your home needs to be insulated against cold or moisture.

If the new home has a problem with heat loss due to poor insulation around the windows and doors, you can wet large pieces of bubble wrap and stick them directly on the inside of the windows to improve the home insulation. Also, fill in any gaps with pieces of bubble wrap to stop the cold air from coming in.

Worried your water pipes may freeze in the winter and burst? Wrap those pipes in bubble wrap during the coldest months to prevent them from freezing up.

#3: Insulate your plants
If you’re a gardener, then you may already know what to do with extra bubble wrap. During the winter, the plastic bubbly material can be used to protect your most delicate plants from the cold air and frost.

Line the sides of pots and planters with bubble wrap before placing your perennial plants in them but leave the bottom clear for adequate drainage. Also, you can use bubble wrap to cover the foliage of plants, flowers, shrubs, or even small trees to keep them properly insulated from the harsh winter weather.

Think of the bubble wrap insulation as tiny greenhouses for your cherished plants.

#4: Keep your car windshield from freezing
It seems like winter will make you come up with clever ways to reuse bubble wrap after a move, like keeping your car windshield frost-free during the coldest days in winter. Seriously, how much time do you normally waste to get the accumulated frost off the windshield of your car early in the morning? What if you could save that time?

Position a large piece of bubble wrap over the windshield, and then place the wipers over it to keep it in place. You can easily piece a few sheets of bubble wrap together using tape so that the entire windshield can be properly protected.

You go to your car in the morning and there’s neither snow nor frost on its windshield. Good job, eh?

#5: Protect your groceries
After the move, you’ll definitely need to do some serious shopping, including plenty of groceries to fill the empty new-home refrigerator. Again, you can use the superior insulation qualities of bubble wrap to make your post-move life a bit easier.

Line your grocery bags with pieces of bubble wrap to keep the food and drinks cooler for much longer while you’re driving around town doing other errands too. Also, use bubble wrap to protect delicate fruits and vegetables which are easily bruised or damaged. You just brought breakable glass bottles, for example, beer and wine? No problem, bubble wrap will have them covered as well.

# 6: Pop away your stress
Everyone’s heard that popping bubble wrap can be kind of fun, but most people are still very much skeptical when it comes to the therapeutic effect of those characteristic pops. Well, the only way to see if that actually works is to try it yourself.

What can you do with bubble wrap after the move? Relieve your stress, of course. There are so many things that can stress you out right after you move into the new home, so why don’t you take a sheet or two of bubble wrap and start popping the bubble away until you feel much calmer and more relaxed?

Just try it.

#7: Let your kids have bubble wrap fun
There are a number of creative uses for bubble wrap, especially if you have kids who would love the idea of having some fun with the bubbly plastic material.

First, you can have your children create unique color patterns by painting the bubbles in bright watercolors and then pressing the colorful bubble wrap on white sheets of paper.

Then, another way small kids can have a blast with leftover bubble wrap is the so-called Bubble Wrap Run – place a long and fairly narrow strip of the plastic material along the length of a long hallway (away from any stairs!) to create a soft runaway so your little kids can crawl or walk from one end to the other.

Safety tip: Don’t let your children run too quickly as bubble wrap is slippery.

#8: Keep stored accessories in shape
Here’s another good way to reuse bubble wrap after moving:

While unpacking your shoes and handbags, you may choose to place some of those accessories into temporary storage simply because you know that you won’t need them right away.

And if that is the case, then it’s useful to know that you can use bubble wrap to keep handbags, totes, shoes and especially tall boots from losing their shape when placed in storage. Just fill your accessories with clean pieces of bubble wrap, and you’re good to go.

#9: Donate it to people in need
Should you find yourself really wondering about what to do with old bubble wrap after the move is over, and you have no desire to store it for future use either, then the logical thing will be to just give it to people who need it or will need it soon enough.

Don’t just throw away perfectly usable sheets of bubble wrap – instead, ask friends and neighbors if they happen to need it for packing or for something else. Compose a brief Facebook or Twitter post to inform your friends you are offering a good amount of bubble wrap for free.

Also, you can create a post on Freecycle or Craigslist to donate your extra bubble wrap to people in need.

#10: Recycle it
As you can see for yourself, there are numerous ways to use bubble wrap after you’ve already moved house. However, if you have decided that 1) you won’t keep the bubble wrap you have left after unpacking your stuff, and 2) the protective material is too worn out or seriously damaged to be even donated, then the only good option you’ll have is to recycle it.

Most of the times you’ll be able to leave your used bubble wrap for curbside recycling. If that’s not an option, then the local recycling center should definitely accept whatever quantity of plastic bubble wrap you may have.

How To Pack Golf Clubs For Moving

Golf clubs do look unbreakable but they are certainly not that. Despite their sturdy look and feel, most clubs are susceptible to move-related damage, especially at the point where the club head meets the shaft.

So, to eliminate the risk of possible club breakage, follow these universal and proven tips for packing golf clubs for moving.

What you will need to pack your golf clubs for a move
-A travel bag. You’ve got two options here: to use a soft case or to use a hard-shell case to move your golf equipment to the new home. Both types of travel bags have their advantages and disadvantage, read on to understand which one is the better option for you.
-Cardboard box. You’re going to need a strong cardboard box to serve as the final protection for your golf gear. Make sure it is big enough to fit the soft case.
-Bubble wrap. The usage of Bubble wrap is crucial. You’re going to need it to first protect each golf club individually, and then to serve as a cushioning or padding material while packing your golf clubs for a move.
-Head covers. Usually made of neoprene, head covers will protect the heads of your drivers and woods.
-Blankets, towels or socks. Use blankets, bath towels, and thick socks in conjunction with Bubble wrap to deliver the ultimate protection for your expensive golf clubs.
-Pieces of clothing and newsprint. Use them to fill any empty spaces inside the soft bag, and then inside the cardboard box.
-Packing tape. Use it to secure bubble wrap pieces and seal the cardboard container.

Soft bags vs hard cases: which travel bag is right for you?
Travel bags for golf clubs can be either soft-sided ones or hard-shell ones.

Soft-sided bags are reasonably priced, take less space and are fairly lightweight – three factors that should be enough to convince you to use such a travel bag for your upcoming move. They do provide a good level padding protection and have extra compartments for your golf accessories, for example. Still, their overall protection is inferior to hard cases.

Hard-shell cases provide the ultimate protection for your prized golf equipment and will give you the peace of mind you need during the move. Despite the much higher price – the best ones can cost around $250, hard-shell travel cases for golf clubs are often a good investment, especially if you plan to take your golf clubs with you on frequent air travel trips to various golf destinations around the country. As expected, they are bigger and heavier too.

What’s a Stiff Arm? Do you need one when packing golf clubs for moving?
A Stiff Arm is a fully adjustable 3-piece telescopic crutch that will fit any golf travel bag and will absorb the force of impact during the move. It’s also known as a golf club protection device because it effectively eliminates the risk of club breakage. You just place in the center of your travel bag and adjust it to be slightly longer than the longest club found in the bag.

This way, any additional pressure on the golf bag will be absorbed by the travel golf club protector and no clubs will bend out of shape or break at their weakest points – the spots where the club heads meet the shafts.

Yes, you need a Stiff Arm but if you don’t have one, then use a wooden broomstick, a PVC pipe or something else with a similar shape and the right length.

How to pack golf clubs for moving: Step-by-step guide
It’s time for you to learn the best way to pack golf clubs for shipping. This is the step-by-step guide on how to pack golf clubs in a bag – a soft travel bags for golf clubs.

Step 1. Bubble wrap each golf club individually
Wrap each single golf club in bubble wrap, and keep the bubbly protective plastic in place with the help of packing tape. Make sure you bubble wrap the heads and the shafts along their entire lengths.

Step 2. Protect the club heads
Place head covers over each club head. If you don’t have such head protectors, then you should use towels or thick socks as substitutes.

Step 3. Make a nice bundle of your golf clubs
You can easily break a single wooden stick, but make a tight bundle of 14 sticks and try to break them all at once. It’s kind of impossible, isn’t it? The same principle applies when you’re looking for the best way to pack golf clubs for travel.

So, bundle all of your clubs together and use zip-ties or pieces of string to tie them up close together. Don’t forget to add the golf club protection device (the Stiff Arm), if you own one.

Step 4. Place the bundle in your soft bag
Place the bundled clubs in your soft bag. Make sure you fill in any empty spaces with towels, socks, other pieces of soft clothing, or pieces of crumpled paper. Pad really well your clubs so they won’t move around in the travel bag.

Step 5. Do the shake test
Lift the soft-sided bag and shake it gently to make sure nothing is moving inside it, not even an inch. The complete immobilization is a great way to prevent any type of damage to your golf clubs during transit. If you do feel any sort of movement inside, place even more padding materials.

Step 6. Zip it up
If no golf club is moving inside, then zip up the travel bag. Don’t leave any expensive electronic gadgets such as a Rangefinder or a GPS in your golf bag. Instead, carry such electronic devices with you.

Step 7. Place the bag into a cardboard box
It’s time to place that soft bag of yours into a cardboard box for an extra level of protection. Besides, the standard shape and size of the cardboard box will mean that it will fit well inside the moving truck, together with the rest of your belongings.

Place pieces of bubble wrap or one thick blanket on the bottom of the cardboard box to serve as a cushion. Then, get the bag with your golf equipment inside it. Again, use blankets, towels or plenty of newspapers to fill the remaining space inside the cardboard container.

Close up the cardboard box and seal it well with packing tape.

Step 8. Load your golf clubs last
Make sure your golf clubs are the very last thing you load on the moving vehicle. Nothing should be sitting on top of them – look for a fairly safe spot inside the back of the truck to position them, ideally tucked near or between soft items such as a mattress.

And now that you know the best way to pack and ship golf clubs, it’s time to wish you tons of fun on the golf course.

What To Do When You’re Moving To A New Town Alone

Moving to a new place alone comes down to making the right choices while staying true to who you are and what you believe in. Here are the top 7 tips for moving to a new city alone:

#1: Find the right home for yourself
In the majority of cases, you’ll already have secured a place to live in the new city before you decide to move out of the current house or apartment. At times, however, circumstances may force you to stay with a friend for some time or rent a place temporarily until you find the right home for you.

Moving to a new city alone without having secured a decent roof over your head will add extra pressure, but you will soon make it work by setting your priorities right (figure out your requirements concerning the new home), researching your housing options (location, type of dwelling, size of home, and its current condition), and making sure you can afford the home (ideally, its monthly rent or mortgage shouldn’t exceed 25% of your disposable income).

#2: Start unpacking your stuff, little by little
Moving into a new city alone will often mean that you won’t have any good friends to help you unpack and arrange the contents of all the freshly-delivered cardboard boxes. This is why you’ll have to finish this arduous task on your own.

Naturally, you’ll want to unpack all the essentials boxes first, and then you’ll want to make sure the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom are all unpacked and ready for use. Follow a good unpacking checklist because it’s really important to plan and organize the unpacking job in a way that it won’t clash with other equally important tasks. Also, such an unpacking timeline will help you maintain a much higher level of efficiency while unpacking and arranging your stuff in the new home.

#3: Find a job and focus on it
Ideally, you’ll be moving to a new city for a job (job-related relocation), which basically means that you won’t have to worry about securing a steady monthly income. But if you don’t have a job yet, then, obviously, your top-priority task is to find one as soon as you can.

During the initial post-move period, a place to work and a decent pay will really help you deal with moving to a new city alone. Focus on whatever it is that you do to block any negative and depressing thoughts from entering your mind. Also, your chance to spend time with your work colleagues will make the transition period much easier, while your adaptation to the unknown environment will become much faster.

#4: Make new friends
Yes, moving to a new city alone can be really tough as you won’t have close family members and good friends to support you and help you out whenever you happen to need help. The good news is that you should have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and turn some of them into good friends.

How to make friends in a new city? One of the guiding rules is to arm yourself with patience – you can’t expect to find great friends in a week or so. Meet your neighbors, interact with your co-workers, and pursue your hobbies and interests by signing up for classes and joining various clubs.

Another guiding rule is to open your mind and say YES! to unique opportunities to meet and spend time with people with similar interests.

#5: Explore and get to know your new city
Moving to a new area alone is a huge leap from your comfort zone, and as a result, the relocation itself will most likely make you feel ill at ease or even miserable. You probably don’t know a soul in that new area, and the place you’re expected to call home now is so unfamiliar and strange that it’s frightening at times.

Exploring the town or city you’ve just moved to is one good way to overcome that unwelcoming sense of unfamiliar strangeness. Take a long exploratory trip within the city itself, locate important landmarks, and find places of interest that you will definitely re-visit later.

#6: Protect yourself from relocation depression
In addition to all the stress you must have endured during the long weeks of getting ready to move out, you’ve also recently survived Moving day itself – the most stressful day of the entire move. Add that stress to that fact that you’ve just got separated from family, friends and a city and a home that were perfectly familiar, and you may soon start to feel the sheer force of one powerful side effect of moving to a different city alone – relocation anxiety.

Relocation depression is a strong nostalgic reaction to losing the comfort and familiarity of your old life. If you suddenly notice any disturbing signs such as lack of energy, excessive sleep, reluctance to go out of the new home and unwillingness to meet or interact with new people, you may be down with relocation depression.

#7: Manage your new city budget
Now that you have overcome the fear of the unknown and have found a good solution to the puzzle How to move to a new city alone, you may find it difficult to slow down the momentum of the relocation pace and shift into an unnecessary overspending mode after the move is over. The thing is that it’s relatively easy to rush into Home Depot stores to purchase all the things you think you’ll need for the new home.

Above all, be careful how you manage your personal finances right after the move. Be a sensible shopper: fight the impulse to buy all the things on the first day, and keep your eyes and ears open for priceless information about deals, sales, coupons, and of course – the cheapest places to shop in town. Also, cut your transportation costs by learning about and using the most cost-effective ways to commute to work and travel around the city. Remember that using your own car is not always the best way to save money when moving to a new city.