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January 19, 2019

5 Packing Tricks That Make DIY Moving Easier

Packing Hacks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Some individuals move a lot more routinely compared to others. Although there are many good things about putting down roots, there are several unique talents that come from moving regularly. After having a certain quantity of moves, you figure out how to handle your cartons. You can wield a roll of tape as well as recognize how to disperse weight within cardboard boxes. But most importantly, you master at least a couple of tactics that make moving significantly smoother.

Luckily, you don't have to move many times to find out these secrets. Even if you're planning your very first substantial move away from home, some methods will simplify your moving process every time. Today, we're here to share some of the pro-tricks to enable you to lessen both the expense as well as hassle of moving to Tulsa and Oklahoma City. From no cost packing materials to carton labeling, if you are intending on going the "do-it-yourself" course regarding packing, the right techniques can create a massive difference.

Wrap Breakables in Clothes

The first clever packing secret is to utilize as little packaging materials as you can. This can lower volume plus save you money on moving materials. As opposed to packing peanuts and paper, try wrapping your fragile items in clean laundry as an alternative. Socks, scarves, and bath towels make great packing materials as they are able cushion various delicate things quite successfully.

It's also possible to combine your breakables and winter apparel by wrapping dishes or possibly artwork with sweaters. Blankets as well as unused jackets can be used to wrap the surface of home furnishings or some electronic devices (but ensure that zippers and also buttons do not produce scratches). And it will save you the additional cartons to pack the soft things. Oddly enough, productivity moves the other way, too. Pots, bowls, and bins are actually excellent containers for smaller sized items...specifically groups of wrapped breakables.

This suggestion is especially valuable if you are moving a minimal distance or intending to complete the move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City yourself. In the event that you're planning on employing professional movers, they will re-check your packing of breakable things to make sure that they are safe to be transported on the moving truck.

Free Boxes from Deliveries

It's totally possible to obtain every one of your moving cartons for free once you know where you should look along with who to ask. The majority of moving guides suggest checking with retailers for their gently used cartons. This is especially useful for heavy-duty cartons. Having said that, today's internet commerce marketplace supplies yet another excellent road for zero cost boxes: deliveries.

Many people need a couple of items ahead of moving. Packing tape, hangers, plastic crates, and road trip goodies. Purchasing your products online can result in deliveries to your house. Shipments come in free of charge sturdy boxes that can be used to put in. Likewise, ask your pals, relatives and neighbors to keep cartons from their deliveries for you. If you commence a couple months in advance, you very well may have enough boxes for all your belongings by the time move day arrives.

Use Your Luggage

Yet another excellent option to pack resourcefully is using the containers you currently have. Tote bags, crates, as well as cartons are typical moving fare. Yet, are you aware that you can also make use of suitcases? Suitcase sets are really beneficial when packing for a move. They are created to preserve clothes in good condition or can supply a cushioned location to pack unusually shaped things.

Loading your suitcase sets also means they are useful for their volume in the moving truck. Or maybe, you can use them as first-access boxes to take items you'll need in the course of and right after the move. On a corresponding, but different note... You can also construct make-shift hanging bags by wrapping garbage bags around groups of clothes on hangers.

Design a Packing System

Packing to move is about more than just putting your stuff in cardboard boxes. You need to take into consideration what you need to be packed last along with what you need to unbox initially at the new home. Things like garments, toiletries, and fundamental cooking supplies ought to be readily available. Set them aside, pack them last and keep them on hand when you arrive.

Pertaining to everything in the middle, box with unloading as the primary goal. For example, it is likely you wish to set up your bathroom quickly. So, box all your bathroom stuff like bath caddies, soap dispensers, and cleaning implements collectively in a single box which will make this quicker. Should you have items that definitely won't be unpacked for months, arrange for permanent storage straight away.

Label Everything Carefully

Last but not least, be very clear concerning your labels. You will end up thanking yourself for it when unpacking later on. The last thing you need is to be cutting open each box trying to find a missing item or supplies. Be extremely targeted with your carton labeling and record different included categories. You should not, as an illustration, label 7 boxes "Kitchen". Instead, tag them "Kitchen - Pans" "Kitchen - Dishes and Eating Utensils" "Kitchen - Pantry" and so forth.

It's also advisable to keep cords and wiring together whenever you can. Yet, prior to when you remove the first cord or cable, shoot a fast pic of the back of the television, DVD player, etc. in case you want a reminder later of what power cord goes where. Utilize zipper bags and tape whenever feasible in order to group items jointly. Designate and keep the screws for your TV mounts in a bag attached to the TV or designate one carton as your "parts box" and precisely label and place all parts within this specific box. Bind up power cables and designate them with whatever they were made to power. And, of course, pack sets together. This will make it much easier to unbox on the other side.


You don't have to move each year of your life to become a moving pro. Being wise and acquiring knowledge as you go are part of the tradition. With these tactics and more, you'll be able to substantially improve your moving experience. Streamline packing, lessen your load and make delivery that much easier.

Do not forget that many professional movers are prepared and able to pack up as much or as little as you wish, so foregoing most of the previously mentioned and merely phoning your local professional mover can be the best packing hack of all!

For further moving suggestions or an appointment to talk over your moving needs, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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