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.