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Moving into 2020

Moving tips and tricks for the new year

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Everyone has to move at some point, and frankly, we know it isn’t fun. From packing up all your possessions to changing your address, moving can cause a lot of anxiety. Here are some tips, tricks and resources to make your moving day smooth and stress-free.

1. Use old clothes to save on packing materials.

If you have clothes you plan to give away, use them instead of paper or moving blankets to wrap breakables during the move.

2. Hire a mover to pack and unpack your home.

If you’re not interested in dealing with packing and unpacking boxes, consider hiring a mover that offers full-service moves. Visit our Best Movers guide to find more information on companies that provide packing services.

3. Keep your wine glasses in one piece.

A great way to ensure your expensive wine glasses don’t break is to use a wine storage box. Wine storage boxes typically have slots where you can place glasses after wrapping them in old clothing or newspaper. You can easily find or purchase these boxes at wine warehouses.

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STEMWARE STORAGE BOX
  • Space for 12 champagne flute-style glasses
  • Durable with see-through front panel
  • Attached handles for easy transport and supports up to 25 lbs.

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4. Pack an overnight bag.

Avoid the panic of not knowing which box your toothpaste is in by packing an overnight bag filled with essentials, including a change of clothes, toiletries, chargers and medication. The S-ZONE Oversized Travel Tote Handbag is lightweight and easily holds your necessities.

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CANVAS WEEKEND BAG
  • Durable
  • Light and soft canvas
  • Trimmed with real crazy horse leather

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5. Prepare for your immediate needs.

Use a large clear storage box instead of an ordinary cardboard box to hold box cutters, scissors, paper towels and cleaning supplies that you might need immediately in your new home. Placing items in a clear bin differentiates them and makes them instantly recognizable.

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STACKABLE STORAGE BINS
  • Plenty of storage space to separate and organize
  • Stackable
  • Hinged lids for easy access

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6. Compare quotes from movers.

Don’t be afraid to shop around when you’re trying to pick a mover. There’s a lot to understand about moving quotes, so visit our What to Know About Moving Quotes resource to find everything you need to know before committing to a mover.

7. A clean bathroom and kitchen.

If possible, try to enter the new home before your moving company so that you can clean the bathrooms and kitchen. Try all-natural home cleaners like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate for the best results.

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MULTISURFACE CLEANER
  • Multisurface cleaner that’s tough on dirt
  • Biodegradable cleaner for all nonporous multi-surfaces
  • Garden-fresh lemon verbena offers a light, refreshing citrus scent

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8. Don’t forget your sandwich bags.

Use Ziploc baggies to separate screws, nuts and bolts or other small pieces of hardware that you need to reassemble beds and other pieces of furniture.

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GALLON ZIPLOC BAGS
  • Convenient for storing loose parts
  • Microwave-safe plastic (use as directed)
  • BPA-free

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9. Put your laundry baskets to work.

Using laundry hampers, baskets and suitcases for packing items cuts down on the need for single-use cardboard boxes. Check out this CLOCOR Collapsible Round Storage Bin to pack more flexibly.

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CLOTHES LAUNDRY HAMPER
  • 5.7 x 19.7 inches
  • Made of natural cotton and linen with waterproof PE coating lining
  • Fashionable and stylish

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10. Mark and label everything.

Make sure all of your boxes are labeled, indicating where they need to go in your new home. Differentiate boxes that contain valuables and those that need to be unpacked right away.

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PERMANENT MARKER
  • Permanent on most hard-to-mark surfaces
  • Quick-drying
  • Nontoxic, alcohol-based ink formula

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11. Don’t forget the shrink wrap.

Protect anything that might need extra coverage, including TVs, computer equipment and sofas, by covering them in a few layers of shrink wrap.

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SHRINK WRAP
  • 28' wide shrink wrap
  • White
  • Suitable for industrial, storage or transportation

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.