1. Pack an overnight bag for your first night there. Moving is a tiring process, and you don’t want to spend the first night looking for all of your essentials. Instead, get some rest by packing an overnight bag so you don’t end up taking hours searching for your toothbrush.
2. Label what’s in your boxes, and also add what room they will be going in. In the chaos of the move, you don’t want to have to direct people which room things go into. Instead, make it easy by having the room clearly labeled on the box beforehand.
3. Put your toiletries in a ziplock bag. Nothing is worse than opening up your boxes to find all of your belongings covered in shampoo. Prevent this from happening by putting your toiletries in an airtight ziplock bag.
4. Pack items you need first in a clearly labeled bin. Label boxes full of plates, silverware, toiletries, and clothes in a box that stands out from the others. This will prevent creating stress when all you want in a nice, warm meal and you can’t find something to eat it on.
5. Take photos of the way your wires are connected to your electronics. This is important because sometimes the wires just don’t make sense and you can’t remember how it all works. An easy solution is to just take a picture before disconnecting all your cables.
6. Use a color-coding system. The color-coding system works great when you want to be able to see clearly what things are and where they go. Use this system for a faster and easier approach to simply writing in hard-to-see black marker.
7. Keep tiny sandwich bags for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart. This can include screws, nails, wires, and cables. Be sure to carefully label the bags, and put them in a safe place that you’ll remember.
8. Number your boxes. Numbering your boxes can be a handy trick to managing all of your things. It also prevents boxes from being lost or stolen without your awareness. You can also use numbered boxes to organize. For example, boxes one through ten go in the kitchen.
9. Defrost your refrigerator before moving, and dry any remaining liquid. To be safe, start defrosting your refrigerator at least one day prior to the move.
10. Change your address two weeks before moving. There’s a lot of accounts and people out there who need to know about your change in address. To keep from being overwhelmed in the last couple days before the move, start changing your address at least two weeks prior to moving.