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Moving 101: The Essentials

A quick search for “Moving Essentials” yields more than 22 million results. But what’s really necessary to survive a move? If it’s been a while since your last move, here is some advice from my recent move this year. From packing supplies to transportation, I’ve put together a list of the five must-have moving essentials to help make your move as smooth as possible.

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Moving Checklist

Use a checklist to organize and plan your move. Include a list of things you’ll need for the move and a timeline to set goals and keep track of progress. Include important contacts and key dates and keep several copies available so that you can easily access this information during the move. Your checklist will serve as a running to-do list and reminder of things you need to accomplish before the big day. Plus it feels really great when you start crossing things off the list. Sometimes I need to see small progress so I’m not overwhelmed by the larger project.

Recycling and Donation Boxes

Don’t forget to pick up a few extra boxes to pack items that you want to recycle or donate. Moving is an ideal time to sort through things you haven’t used in a while, and consolidate belongings before moving into your new place. Even large items, like mattresses, can be recycled. Mattress Firm currently partners with Sleep, Inc. to keep mattresses out of landfills – approximately 60,000 mattresses a year are ground or shredded and repurposed for other industries.

Packing Supplies

Stock up on supplies for packing, including packaging for your larger items like TVs, sofas and mattresses. For added convenience, seal boxes with colored duct tape to color code the room in which they belong. Even simple household items can be used for packing – for example, use sandwich bags to pack nails, screws and other small items.


Transportation

Whether you choose to hire a moving service, or rent a truck and move on your own, determine your method of transportation with plenty of time before moving day to avoid any major moving fails (moving a mattress by yourself is often easier said than done). The summer months are especially busy, so secure a moving company or rent a truck well in advance to avoid paying premium prices or having to push back your move date. If you decide to rent a trailer and haul it yourself, be sure you have the right towing package and necessary wires.

Moving Survival Kits

It’s often difficult to find things that you’ve packed after a move, especially during the first few days into your new home. Pack a survival kit with your ID, medications, important documents, water, snacks, toilet paper and grooming essentials to make your first few days a bit easier. If you have young kids like me, don’t forget to add their favorite toys and snack (no mom can survive a move without these essentials close by). If you enjoyed this blog post, check out my next post in this three-part series on moving preparationWhat’s a moving essential you couldn’t live without? Share with us in the comments! 

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