May
28

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Today’s post is in partnership with PODS. I’ll be sharing tips on how to stay organized during a move.

We have officially moved out of our first home (insert sad face here). As excited as I am for our new adventure, I’m sure going to miss that place. I’ll have to do a round up post with all of my home projects completed there. My true DIY heart was built in that home.

On the day we moved, the movers (AKA my husband’s friends) were able to get everything in the PODS container in less than two hours. They were all amazed at how organized everything was. I promise, I’m definitely not the most organized person in the world, but it helped tremendously to arrange everything before the move. I have a feeling it will be a life saver when we finally get to Ohio too.

So here are my 10 best moving tips. I’d love for you to share your moving tips in the comments as well.

1. Download your free printable moving check list before you get started. This will help you stay organized during the weeks to come.

Free printable moving check list

2. Make a moving plan. Before you even begin to pack, create a layout of your new house on paper. Write down each room you will be moving boxes into and then use those same names when labeling boxes. This will save everyone time.

3. Start early. As soon as you find out your moving, start going through closets and build your “garage sale pile” and “donate pile.”

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

4. Use garbage bags to cover your clothes and keep them clean. They come in all different sizes and will help your clothes stay on the hanger. Simply put a hole in the bottom of the bag and pull the hangers through. Then tie a knot on the bottom. I owe this tip to my mother! Brilliant I tell ya!

Best way to pack clothes for a move... still on the hanger, in a garbage bag!

5. Store items inside of large bowls and pots. I stored my spices in my crock pot. Always be thinking about how to utilize your space.

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving on iheartnaptime.com

6. Use a phone book or packing paper to wrap your dishes and breakables. Line your breakable boxes with bubble wrap and towels as well.  You can never have too much padding. Also use smaller boxes for breakables. This will help the movers and your things from breaking.

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

7. Place foam plates between your glass plates to protect them.

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

8. Label and condense! Only keep what you really need and use. I ended up going through all of my scrapbook paper and ended up donating almost all of it. For the paper I did keep… I labeled it accordingly so that I would actually be able to find it when I un-pack. :)

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

10. When in doubt, tape it! It’s better to secure all of your boxes. I finally was able to use up some of my growing washi tape supply. ;)

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

Last but not least… make sure to label your boxes accordingly.  Label boxes with the room they are going to and exactly what is inside them. Post it notes work great. Just secure them with tape. If there are fragile items in the box, be sure to mark it FRAGILE. This will save everyone a lot of time and stress during the move. It’s worth the extra couple of seconds to label it. I promise!

Tons of great tips and ideas for moving.

So let’s hear it. What moving tips do you have?!

This post was in partnership with PODS. We have loved our move with PODS!

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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92 Responses to “Moving tips {how to stay organized}”

  1. liz

    I wrap our valuable dishes in {clean} diapers for added cushion and protection. Works great!

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  2. Katie

    I am currently packing to move so these tips are super helpful. One thing I’ve started doing is using up old Christmas or birthday wrapping paper to wrap my dishes, etc. Now I don’t have to figure out how to pack wrapping paper and I have plenty of paper for my breakables.

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    • Rose

      Ohh goodness, I just threw out my paper yesterday and packed all of my plates the day before. I am in reverse. I should have come here first! Great tip!

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  3. Karen young

    In one of our moves, the moving company warned us against labeling boxes with anything of great value like computers, silver, jewelry, etc. they tend to get “lost”. And have an open first box. Towels, soap, sheets, coffee cup, toilet paper, anything you will need in the first few hours in your new home.

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  4. Mary

    Great tips! I recently discovered an app called “Moving Day” (I have an iPhone, but I think it was available for Androids too). You can print QR codes to put on boxes and when you scan the code it shows you what’s in the box, etc (obviously you put that information in beforehand). Pretty handy!

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  5. Terri

    Trying again…As a Military Wife, I have moved several times. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way.
    -After putting the garbage bags over your clothes, run a long twist tie or piece of coated wire through the hangers, just under the hooks and twist together. This will keep any of the hangers from falling down into the bag.
    -Use different sized ziplock bags to organize and corral your stuff…put forks, knives, spoons in their own bag, then back into the silverware tray. Socks in one, underwear in one, tights in one, that way you don’t have to sort them when putting them back in the drawer on the other side of the move. Put the “stuff” from the bins in your junk drawer in their own baggie, then put back in the bin. Use them for Legos, Polly Pockets, Barbie clothes, Hot Wheels…anything you might keep in a bin without a lid. Bag them, so they won’t get all mixed up and have to be sorted on the other side. They make the bags as big as 10 gallons.
    -Pick a room and clear it out. Put all the stuff you’re taking in the car/on the plane with you in there and put a sign that says, “Do NOT Pack!” on the door. That way, something you might really need before the moving van gets unpacked doesn’t get packed away. This works for DIY and Moving Company moves.

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    • Theresa H.

      These are all great ideas! I have not moved in the last 9 years so I am a little rusty. The one thing I remember is color coding my rooms and putting using color paper to code the boxes. So my room was blue, I put a piece of blue paper on the box with a short list of contents. The clothes inside the garbage bag is GENIUS!

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    • michele

      ziplock bags are amazing for organizing and sorting. When I moved all jewellery , toiletries, toys , daughters art supplies ,games, shoes, boots, hats/summer and winter everything that could be put into a ziplock bags I did smaller bags were packed in baskets and larger bags were easier to just load and unload. And the beauty is once you get to the other side they can be reused.

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  6. Jamie

    Purchase a different color duct tape for each of your rooms (or at least the kids rooms) and use to seal the boxes from that room. Now everything is color coordinated to go to the appropriate room and the kids seem to be more helpful in packing their stuff. You can even use a small piece on containers that don’t need sealing and label the contents directly onto the tape.

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  7. Janine

    I moved three times in the last 18 months. All boxes were color coded with a large piece of colored duct tape. Then all I had to do was give the movers a cheat sheet – pink tape goes to the pink room, yellow tape goes to the basement, etc.

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  8. Danesa

    Sorry about the last comment that posted.

    When I have moved I’ve used my dish towels to wrap my silverware and knives and secured them with a rubber band.

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  9. star

    I use dish towels and cloths to wrap dishes in who wants all that extra paper ? Also can use wash cloths and bath and hand towels depends on what dishes and glass stuff you are packing . Done this many times when moving .

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    • star

      Oh as for the trash bags on clothes I pull the bags up tie at the top and wrap a belt or something around the hangers to keep them together hence no holes made in the bags and can be reused for trash later … smiles .

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  10. Nick&Ash

    We are moving in 5 weeks and have acquired boxes from our local grocery store. We also asked to purchase a roll of there label paper they use to print out labels for prepared food items. They are like giant stickers. It makes it easy to write what’s in the box. We also have saved a lot of the original boxes that stuff came in from the store, ( plates, wine glasses, mugs, etc… so we know that those FRAGILE items ship safely. We had advice from a friend that said the more boxes the better. They ship, stack, and are easy to pack. Thus saving space. We like to use news paper to cover, and tuck under our cloths for each of our drawers, especially when you have a moving company helping. Who wants their “you know what’s” in plan sight. This way you can set the drawers off to the side load the dressers in the truck and reinsert the drawers back into the dressers. The morning of the move having all the boxes stacked in one room will make it easier for you/helpers to move everything. Like above posts, if it’s color codes or labeling the boxes, it only matters in the place you’re moving into not from. So you can still organize by room but save the steps for the unload.

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  11. Andy Nolan

    Another great tip is to number your boxes by room or however you wish and bounce it with an itemized inventory list. Great article.

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  12. Katie

    Last time I moved I used colored duct tape to seal my boxes. Each color went to a different room. It worked out great. I also wrote with a sharpie on the tape for what was inside. I’ll be using it again soon!

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    • Jamielyn

      Colored duct tape is the best! Thanks for sharing your idea Katie, there are so many helpful tricks and tips to remember!

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  13. Robyn Robinson

    I saved all my boxes and paper and sold them on Craigslist after our move. I made sure I broke down the boxes and smoothed out the paper….I got a lot of money for them…Also, if you need some, look on Craigslist..some people give them away some want a nominal fee for them.

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  14. Cyndi Daves

    When you run out of old Christmas wrapping paper for glasses, dishes, etc., go to your local newspaper and ask for an “end run”. When there isn’t enough paper left on the roll for another run, they have to remove it and they store them in a corner somewhere. There is usually enough on these to pack a couple of houses!! Make sure you get the full double page roll rather than the single though as it’s a bit small. Nice thing is there’s no newsprint on them to come off on your hands and other stuff. DON’T throw away the left over when you’re done packing. This makes great Christmas wrapping paper. Last year (after we moved) I wrapped all our Christmas gifts in paper leftover on an end run. Add twine for ribbon and glue a little pine cone on and you have perfect recycled gift wrap!

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  15. Selena

    Use plastic wrap to cover silverware trays and small office items. Just remove the wrap and put it in your new drawer, everything is clean, in its place, and no need to pack or unpack small items. Also, use your drawers from dressers as they are. No need to unpack and repack clothes when they are already in their own “box”

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    • Jamielyn

      That is such a great idea Selena, thanks for commenting! It definitely would save a lot of time not having to pack up each thing individually!

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    • Cassie

      My husband and I are pretty experienced movers. Having moved him back and forth 4 years for college and twice once we were married. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up. We wrap our dvd shelves with saran wrap to easily transport movies/video games on the shelves, we also do this for our Yaffa Block shelves that we use for different things. I use all my kitchen towels, bathroom towels, and sometimes even clothes to wrap up FRAGILE items. There are a few specific things that I make sure only I move or touch (mostly my artwork, some of the things I inherited from my grandmother) on moving day. I have blankets sitting on my grandmother’s curio cabinet and make sure whoever moves it knows that they will be in deep doodoo if they scratch it or dent it and it has to be completely wrapped up in blankets. I also try to split up our book collection into tons of different bins so it isn’t a struggle to move those. We are in the process of organizing our first move with a one year old, so it will most definitely be different this time around.

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      • Jamielyn

        Wow, you both sound like very experienced movers! Thanks for much for all of your suggestions! I love the idea about saran wrapping dvd shelves, what a great idea! :)

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  16. Deanna

    Pack a set of clean sheets, pillows and a blanket in dresser drawers. Once the dresser is moved into it’s new room the bedding is ready to make the bed. No boxes to search through when you’re tired and all you want to do is go to bed.

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    • Jamielyn

      I love that idea! I agree, all you want to do when you move somewhere new is to sleep in your own bed! Thanks for sharing Deanna! :)

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  17. Angela

    I love these tips! I’ve used the paper plate trick before and it worked like a charm. I also wrapped my glass cups in all of my hand towels and wash cloths. That worked out well when I needed to pull out the cups and wipe things down. :)

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    • Sandy

      Brown paper lunch bags are great for wrapping glasses, etc. and large paper grocery bags are good for larger items. I also got all my boxes from the post office…my friends son-in-law saved them for me. Shop at the right time (when they are putting out stock) and you can ask to take them. They would rather you take them than having to haul them to the baler.

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  18. Grace

    I use reusable shopping bags to pack books. they’re rectangular so the books can be packed efficiently, but small so you don’t overload them. It makes it really easy to carry a large amount of books.

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  19. Danette

    We pack clothes in suitcases and books in rolling suitcases bc they weigh so much, also, I usually pack 3-4 days of clothes/ everyday items / toys/ movies in an overnight bag (esp good with kids) so we aren’t as stressed with getting things settled if the inevitable hiccups that happen with a move keep us from unpacking quickly

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    • Jamielyn

      Great idea to pack 3-4 days of toys/movies/everyday items because the kiddos often want those right away! Thanks for sharing Danette!

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  20. Alison

    I bought a box of address labels and then printed labels for each room, as I packed a box I would put the corresponding label on that box (I always seem to misplace my marker!) I also printed up a couple of sheets (or more) of FRAGILE labels in Red so I could also just stick them on a box deemed fragile! We used the plastic wrap (bought at Staples) to wrap around anything hard to tape. We wrapped our paintings in blankets then flattened large cardboard boxes to wrap around them using the plastic wrap to hole them together! Also used the plastic wrap to wrap the screws from tables, beds or other furniture to that piece of furniture. I put the screws in ziplock baggies first!! I also marked on some of the boxes to open first. I used elastics around cutlery than just put the whole cutlery tray in the Large ziplock bags. I kept aside all the bedding, which was all clean, so that the beds could be made ASAP. I carried that in the car with me as well as a box of paper towel, clean dishcloth & tea towel, toilet paper & towels for the bathroom. Had another small box with the coffee pot & coffee, a couple of clean mugs and a bag of cookies! The more organized you are the easier the move will go!!

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    • Jamielyn

      SO many great tips Alison, thanks for taking the time to share them all with us. I’m sure they will definitely come in handy to a lot of people moving in the future! :)

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    • Kristin

      Great Ideas – I will use the labels idea as we are moving cross country soon! too bad some of my stuff has already been moved, (my husband is already there) but the rest will be organized!!

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  21. One Mom and a Blog

    I don’t believe I saw this tip in the comments thus far, but the best way to pack your dishes is VERTICALLY! If you stack them it will put too much weight on the lower dishes putting them at risk. Vertically, also allows you to pack more items on top like cups and bowls. I love all the suggestions for what to wrap your dishes in!

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  22. DM

    When we moved cross country; we utilized our linens and the kids stuffed toys as packing materials . Instead of using boxes for our china, and other flatish breakables, we lined the dresser drawers with sheets and used them. On moving day, we simply took the drawers out, put the dressers in the van and then put the drawers back in. It also kept us from trying to figure out what boxes held the dishes :)

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  23. Sharon

    We had a move a few years ago, that was precipitated by the fact that our home had been hit by a tornado. WHAT A MESS. And then I broke my leg, so friends and family were rummaging through the debris and ‘packing’ for us. ONE thing that helped, which I plan to use in any future move, was that we thought at first that we were going to live in one place temporarily, for a few months, and then move someplace more permanent. So we always had two boxes available for packing into. One for ‘need right away’ and one for ‘storage’ – - Then, when we ended up getting a long term place right away (less than a week later!!! God is so GOOD!) we were able to focus our efforts on those ‘use right away’ boxes, and make the new place feel like home VERY quickly, and then take a more relaxed pace, getting more settled in as we gradually unpacked the ‘storage’ boxes.

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  24. Taia

    I have a ton of framed art, and I have found the most perfect boxes for shipping/moving them in the frames: bike boxes! Heavy duty, and almost always the right size for the job! I usually go to a home supply store and buy a few sheets of insulation styrofoam to sandwich between them. Plus you can use them to insulate your home later! I tend to accumulate a bunch of magazines as well, and I use them for packing and donate the left overs to the local nursing homes. Great suggestions guys! Hope theses help as well!

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    • Jamielyn

      Great ideas Taia! I’ve never thought of using bike boxes…I will definitely keep that in mind! Thanks for your comment! :)

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  25. Mar

    You can also use dish towels for layering in a fan fold for separating you dishes, bowls, cups, etc. Same for breakables in the bathroom (Washclothes, etc), and in the bedrooms, use your T-shirts, place small hard items, or small breakables, jewelry, etc, rolled up inside of socks, so save space and protect the items. Curtains and bedspreads are great to wrap painting (wrapped or not wrapped in styrofoam) for extra padding. You can then stabilize and add an air barrier by putting your item in a large plastic bag, and taping up before placing in the box for transporting to your new place.

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  26. Maddie

    We’ve moved 3 times in 5 years. All dity moves. First with our cars and UHaul trailer, second with a semi trailer (the company drove it to our new location), obviously we didn’t fill up, we sold back the space left over. Most recent was with Pods. Everytime was packing at your own rate. The semi trailer and pods they can store for you until you find somewhere to live. Of course the pods you pay storage for.

    You can get boxes for moving from thrift stores (from donations that are given), groceries, Walmart (they sell boxes for cheap, or may even just give you some, Criagslist (sometimes free or for cheaper then a moving company would sell for).

    You can use so many things to wrap breakables with. Clothes, towels, blankets (throws and quilts) , sheets, wrapping paper, tissue paper ($1 at dollar tree).

    Buy lots of packing tape, you can use later what wasn’t use to move, for shipping boxes. Buy a dolly if you move a lot or you can rent one from moving company. Take all your important items with you in your car for the move. If you can play Tetris then you can pack!

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  27. Jeanne

    Thank You All Very Much For All Of The Wonderful tips. My Husband And I Are Planning Our First Move In About 25 Years! I Have Been Marking
    Boxes With The Room Name, The Box #, And
    General Contents, As Long As They aren’t Valuable! I
    Keep A Separate List Of The Same, With Detailed
    Contents. I Have My Good China And My Great Grandmothers China Wrapped In Slick Newspaper,
    So There Is No Ink Transfer. I Then Store It In A
    Plastic Trash Can, Never Used For Trash! I Am The Only One Who Moves That Can! When We Get Settled In Our New Home, I Have New Storage Boxes For All Of The China.

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  28. Catherine

    Books wrapped in Saran Wrap. This makes them easier to move and they fit in all the small spaces in the truck. Also Rubbermaid totes are great.

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  29. Jenifer C.

    I’ve moved several times as well. I’ve wrapped my breakables (dishes, vases, etc.) in clean clothes (t-shirts, tanks, towels, etc.). Double duty! Also, anything soft goes into Hefty garbage bags to squeeze and tuck between furniture in the moving van.

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  30. Dawn

    We just put our house for sale so I was thrilled to find this on Pinterest! LOVE the foam plate tip for packing dishes! Brilliant!

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  31. Linda

    The garbage bag trick is great. I’ve used it several times, but if you turn the bag the other way you can use the ties around the hangers so they don’t fall down into the bags and untie them when you are at your new home. this way there are no holes in the bags and they can be reused, so no waste!

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    • Jamielyn

      Great idea Linda! We usually save them for the next move, but I love the idea of flipping them around so you can reuse the garbage bags!

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  32. Teresa

    Take a picture on your phone of TV and computer hookups so you know what gets plugged back in where. Use toilet paper rolls for cords and chargers and pack in “Unpack first box” with all remotes. Keep phone book handy. Don’t pack hammer, screwdriver and whatever tools are needed for disassembly and assembly of beds, mirrors, etc. until the last minute and make available at new home right away. If you are having phone, cable and computer installation done make sure you have at least one plug in phone, all cables and cords including gaming systems and DVD player, surround sound or whatever systems you have that work together, with the remotes. (Learn from my mistakes.) If using a moving company make sure the truck is empty before making payment. I have moved many times and items seem to be missing almost every time.

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    • Jamielyn

      Wonderful ideas Teresa! I have never thought of taking a picture of the TV and computer hookups, but that is so smart! Thanks for commenting!

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  33. Wendy

    I get boxes from the liquor store with the dividers in them, they are perfect for packing & moving your glassware, vases, liquor/wine or anything tall & thin.

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  34. mimi+sherwood

    When we moved each room of boxes was sealed with a different color of tape. Everyone helping move boxes knows where every box goes. No questions. No pressure.

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