To save you the guilt of throwing away perfectly decent food, stop buying groceries a week or two before you’re scheduled to move. Try to make meals at home to use all the food have left. If you don’t finish everything, invite a friend or two over to see if they need some half-finished spices or boxes of pasta. For anything you can’t get rid of, toss it and don’t look back.
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Dresser drawers are their own moving boxes, and the easiest way to move them is to wrap them with plastic wrap. You can leave them in the dresser if it’s not too heavy to move that way, or you can remove them and move the dresser and the drawers separately. Wrapping them this way will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents!
Snap a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices before your move. Better yet, start labeling your wires well BEFORE the move so you know where things need to be plugged when you get to your new location. You can use pre-purchased labels, a piece of paper taped around the cable, or even something as simple as a bread tag to label your wires. Just make sure your label is securely attached before you disconnect it from your device!
If you’re moving with a dog or cat, place their food and water bowl (and litter box) in the same room as you had it in your old home. The more consistent you are with your pet’s routine, the less likely they are to be anxious and destroy things. Keep a snack bin available during moving and unpacking. Load it up with water, protein bars, treats, chips, or whatever you, and your furry friends, need to stay fueled up during your move.
If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it. Try to keep your supplies together in one container or carton to make things easier to move from room to room!
Boxes, that it. You’ll need lots of boxes – probably more than you think – and having enough boxes will make your life easier. Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last-minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items), packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. When the truck is all packed, you can then return any unused supplies, or just toss them.