A few years ago, one of my dearest friends moved to San Diego, and when I visited her to say my tearful goodbye, she was in the middle of packing up the last of her belongings. She used to be a professional packer for a moving company, so she really knows how to pack a solid box, and she actually helped me the last time I moved, but as I watched her pack her own stuff, I realized that she had kept one vital, life-changing moving tip to herself last time:
The Utility Apron
She was wearing a little apron, and in the apron she had packing tape, a marker, and a pair of scissors.
People, do you know how many times I lost my tape the last time I moved? Only about ONE MILLION TIMES. I added several unnecessary hours to my packing by wasting time searching for tape, a marker, and scissors. Seriously.
Anyway, if you are getting ready to move, take it from me, pick up a little $0.77 utility apron from Home Depot and save yourself untold grief and frustration.
She gave me another awesome moving tip for packing an awesome box: Nothing should rattle. If you want your glass bowls and knick-knacks to survive a trip in a bumpy moving truck, wrapping them in bubble wrap won’t solve all your problems. The best way to ensure that your stuff will get to your new house in one piece is to pack it so tightly that it doesn’t move within the box. If nothing is knocking around, nothing will break.
Her method of packing was to treat each box like a 3D puzzle. The goal was always to fit things snugly inside of other things and pack a box tightly enough that everything was perfectly still, no matter which way you flipped it.
Use these moving tips, and you’ll save yourself two headaches!