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Packing Your House on a Shoe-string Budget

When it comes time to move, it can become quite expensive with the more belongings you have to pack. Between materials and gasoline for the moving trucks, you could wind up spending several hundred dollars. There are ways you can reduce the amount of money you have to put into the experience in order to make it more cost efficient, however. Your creativity can be your guide in order to pack your belongings safely in order to get them to the new home.

1. The Boxes – Depending on how much stuff you have, the cost of moving boxes can start to add up. Instead of buying these cardboard containers, many retail stores will give them away for free. If you feel comfortable enough to do it, you could also retrieve these boxes from the cardboard recycling bins of establishments – as long as you get permission first.

2. Filler – Blankets and clothing work very well as a filler to separate your fragile objects. This will also reduce the space you need to pack the clothing as they are already being packed as the padding in the boxes. Although newspaper and bags work well, clothing is superior due to the material of the fabric.

3. Drawers – There is nothing wrong with keeping items within the drawers they are in. Although going through them could help you reduce your load, these drawers are essentially instant-boxes that already has what you want contained within them. Just make sure they are covered if you’re loading them in the back of a truck.

4. Sheets – To keep clothing clean and somewhat organized, many people have turned to laying hung clothes and other materials in a sheet or blanket and the folding it up like a bag. As long as you don’t overload these sheets, you can sling them on your back and haul out your clean clothing without worry of them getting dirty.

5. Full Loads – Every nook and cranny of a vehicle can be filled with something in order to move it to the new home and save on gas mileage from repeated trips. Instead of having a half-empty cab of a truck or car, you can load a few more boxes or sacks in the passenger side of the vehicle. Just don’t forget where you stashed everything.

6. Tape – Some boxes will require taping if they are carrying enough weight. If you limit the weight inside of them and fill the rest with light clothing, you could use the folding technique without tape. Since most of your boxes are free anyway, you can reduce the mass of each box by packing others.

7. Markers – Nearly every household has a marker of some kind. If not, most of your nearby dollar stores will have them available for cheap. Mark your boxes well in order to tell which room they go into when they arrive at the new home.

It doesn’t have to be expensive in order to move if you are willing to use the materials available. Although gasoline for the vehicles may still cut into your budget, you’ll be able to compensate better if you save money on other aspects. Explore other means to pack your possessions that don’t require a monetary investment and you could save quite a bit on the moving expenses.

This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @ gmail.com.

  1. I’m going to be moving soon, and I want to make sure I hire the best movers to help me. The problem is is that I’m having a really hard time finding some. This being said, I really appreciate you giving me some insight about how I can hire the right movers. I definitely think that if I were to have some help like this, that it’ll make moving a lot less stressful.

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