5 tips to pack like a pro

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moving boxesPacking for a vacation comes down to one simple tip: sit on the suitcase and zip with all your might. But packing for a move can be a little more daunting. Especially when time gets down to the wire and you realize just how much stuff you have. So. Much. Stuff. If the big red Xs on your calendar are starting to stare menacingly at you as your moving date approaches, consider these tips to make packing a breeze.

  1. Simply get rid of the stuff. If there are 27 winter coats in your coat closet, narrow it down. Or sort through toys (when the kids aren’t watching of course). As a general rule, if you haven’t used something in the past six months, pitch it. Post items on Craigslist for a little extra cash, take all of those clothes the kids have outgrown to consignment shops, or utilize one of those new trendy aps like LetGo for a quick sale. Pile all of the leftovers into a box and gift your local Goodwill or the People’s City Mission.
  2. When the real packing begins one word will save your sanity: LABEL. Pack items by room. Keep kitchen items together, bathroom, clothes, etc. But most importantly, clearly write where these boxes need to end up in your new house: “Living Room,” “Upstairs Nursery at End of the Hall,” “Master Bedroom.” The last thing you want to do is rip open a pile of boxes in your entry way like a Christmas gift exchange gone terribly wrong.
  3. Instead of stuffing your entire wardrobe into boxes, with inevitable hours of ironing later, leave them on the hangers! Cover them in a garbage bag if you’d like, then when you arrive at your new home, voila, hang them right back up.
  4. Consider your carbon foot print with all those boxes. Find a friend who has recently moved and ask to reuse their boxes, or check a local grocery store for any extras they’re willing to let you reuse. Your agent might be able to help you find used boxes, too.
  5. Perhaps most importantly, don’t let the packing send you into a frenzy. Set small goals each day, and pack a little each day until moving day.

And when you’re finally moved in, take a moment to relax and enjoy your new home. Good Housekeeping offers this fun tip “Meet your neighbors the fun way. “It’s called a graffiti party and guests are given paint samples or markers to scribble games and notes on the wall.” Don’t be shy about hosting a gig sans furniture; this relaxed party theme is built around pizza and folding chairs.”

Chances are you’ll be painting anyway, why not make it a game and create new friendships along the way? If you don’t plan on painting your walls, turn it into an art project with an old pallet or barn wood. It will be a piece of art you’ll treasure for years to come, long after the stress of moving has passed.

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