11 Tips That Will Supercharge Your Move

Moving can be stressful. It is a lot of work, a lot of cleaning, and a lot of organizing. To help supercharge your move and keep stress levels down, we’ve put together these top 11 moving tips.

These tips will help to make your move go more smoothly. That way, you can enjoy your new home faster and get settled sooner.

11 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Move Go Smoother

  1. Collect boxes prior to your big move. You can collect boxes from friends, neighbors, family, grocery stores, warehouse stores, book stores, and liquor stores. Purchasing boxes is also an option, but it can be costly.
  1. Moving is a great time to go through your things and de-clutter. Spend some time before the move to go through your things, throw out what needs to be thrown out, and donate what can be donated. The less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to move.
  1. A fantastic moving tip from Lifehack.org recommends taking a picture of your of the cords on the back of your television and electronics cords before you unplug them. This way, setting them up in the new place will be an ease.
  1. Better Homes and Gardens offers a helpful tip called The Dresser Trick. With the dresser trick, you do not have to take everything out of your dresser when moving. Instead, fill your dresser with lightweight items like, clothing, linens, sheets, and towels.
  1. Pack your books or other heavy items in suitcases with wheels that can be easily pulled during the move. 
  1. Another Lifehack tip that is genius is to pack a first night box. This box can contain toiletries, clothes, some dishes, silverware, your coffee maker, and maybe your hair dryer.
  1. For clothes on hangers, simply poke a hole through the bottom of a garbage bag. Fit the hooks into the hole and cover your clothes with the rest of the garbage bag.
  1. One way to save money while moving is to use items you already have to wrap fragile objects instead of buying bubble wrap. You can use items including blankets, towels, old sheets, and clothes.
  1. Zillow offers a useful tip when packing shampoos and other liquids. They suggest using plastic wrap to cover the opening and then putting the top back on. This will help to prevent spills during your move.
  1. Label your boxes. Good House Keeping recommends labeling your boxes on the top and the bottom. The Six Sisters Stuff uses a sticker system when they move. Each color sticker has a corresponding room with it. For example, the red stickers on boxes will be for the kitchen and the pink stickers will be for the playroom.
  1. Another Six Sisters Stuff helpful tip is what to do with the food in your refrigerator before you move. They recommend planning a grocery trip about 2 weeks before you move. When planning this trip, take stock of all the items you have on hand and plan meals around those items. In addition, plan on cooking freezer meals like frozen lasagna. That way you will have few meals when you move in to easily pop in the oven. Pack as many condiments as possible in a cooler to help restock your new kitchen.


Moving to a new home can be stressful. By using these 11 tips from collecting boxes prior to your move to preparing freezer meals in advance, your move will go smoother.


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