Moving to a new home seems easy – until you actually start to pack boxes.

Your home probably has way more things in it than you realize. Learn how to move those things as efficiently as possible with these 5 essential packing tips guaranteed to make your move in Alabama and around the country easier:

1) Save Bubble Wrap by Wrapping Breakable Items in Clothing

You need to move your clothes and your breakables to your new house. So why not combine both of those items into one box? Wrap your clothes around your dishes, glasses, and other breakable items and carefully place them in boxes.

Your clothing will do nearly as good a job at protecting your breakables. Plus, you’ll cut down on wasted bubble wrap and box space.

Obviously, this tip might not work for fine crystal and Chinaware. For valuable items, you should absolutely use bubble wrap and other professional packing solutions.

But if you’re just transporting average glasses, plates, and bowls, then this tip is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

2) Use Labels and Clear Boxes to Make Life Easier

One of the biggest rookie mistakes when moving is to place all of your possessions into identical cardboard boxes. When you get to your final destination, you’ll have no idea where everything is supposed to go.

That’s why moving experts recommend labeling everything. You can buy specialized moving labels or just use a black marker to mark the sides of each box. Note the room where the box is supposed to go. At the same time, label breakable items as fragile.

Oh, and don’t forget to label the sides of your boxes. If you label the tops, you might not be able to see the labels when boxes are stacked on top of another – which totally defeats the point of the labels.

If you want to go the extra mile, color-code your labels to minimize reading. Pink tape can be for the bathroom and purple for the bedroom, for example.

Some people also recommend using clear boxes for your most essential items. Place your toilet paper, towels, and phone chargers into a plastic bin, for example. This will help you avoid digging through multiple boxes to get the important stuff you need for the first few days.

3) Use Sandwich Bags to Their Full Potential

If you’re moving furniture, you may need to take some of it apart during the move. Keeping track of all the screws, washers, and other small parts can be difficult.

That’s why you should use sandwich bags. Place all your small parts into individually labeled sandwich bags. Then, seal those bags and tape them to the appropriate piece of furniture. No more hunting around for small parts when putting your kitchen table together!

This method can also be extremely helpful when moving cords and electronics around. Tape the cords in a Ziploc bag to your electronics. You won’t have to guess which power outlet goes with your TV and which one goes with your computer monitor.

4) Realize that Hiring Movers Can Pay for Itself – Especially when Moving Valuables

Whether it’s your grandmother’s piano or a delicate antique cabinet, fragile furniture is a pain to move. All it takes is one clumsy friend or one big speed bump to send thousands of dollars worth of valuables crashing to the ground.

That’s why hiring professional movers can pay for itself. Whether you’re moving valuables or just want your possessions to stay safe, professional movers always know the best way to get something from point A to point B. You may pay more today – but save money in the long run.

5) Pack an Overnight Bag With All the Essentials

You’ve just spent 12 hours moving back and forth to a new home. You’re tired and ready for bed. Do you really want to dig through 50 identical cardboard boxes trying to find your toothbrush, toothpaste, and contact lens solution? Probably not.

That’s why you should pack an overnight bag – just like you would if you were staying at a hotel or a friend’s place for the night. This will make your move easier and reduce the stress in your life.

Want to enjoy a safe and easy move with minimal hassle? Hire a professional Alabama moving company like Lambert Transfer. Offering professional moving services throughout Alabama and the U.S., Lambert Transfer consists of a team of logistical experts who make your move go as smoothly as possible.

Want to enjoy a safe and easy move with minimal hassle? Lambert Moving Systems offers professional moving services throughout Alabama and the U.S. and consists of a team of logistical experts who make your move go as smoothly as possible. We’ve been around for 90 years. Find your location below to get in touch now!

Huntsville & North Alabama

Birmingham & Tuscaloosa

Opelika & Montgomery

Pensacola & Mobile

West Georgia

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