checklistPacking and unpacking are my two least favorite things to do. They are two tasks that always seem to take longer than I would like them to. But, no matter how much I dislike taking the time to do these things, they are extremely necessary tasks. These tips will make packing and unpacking a little easier.


The first thing that you have to think about is where you will get boxes. Before you commit a portion of your moving budget to buying them, ask family members. You will most likely be doing them a favor by taking unused boxes out of their storage room. Next, check out Craigslist. The site has a “free” section where people often post items such as cardboard boxes that they want to get rid of. Then, try finding some on U-Haul Customer Connect. For this site, you only need to enter your zip code to find free boxes that are available near you. Finally, go to local retail stores to ask if they have any boxes that you could take off their hands. Stores receive shipments in large boxes that are perfect for moving.

After you have plenty of boxes, it is time to figure out what to pack together. An easy way to get started is by going into one room at a time and packing all similar items from that room. Use newspaper or paper towel to wrap up fragile items. Then add additional items to each box according to what you consider to be grouped together. An example of this would be bathroom towels going into the same box as soap dispensers and empty makeup bags.

The last thing you need to do is label the boxes accurately. Be very specific when labeling boxes. Start with the room name where the items belong and then use categories to describe the contents of each box (i.e. wall decorations). This will save a lot of time and frustration during the moving and unpacking process because you will know what boxes contain fragile items and where the items in each box will end up in your new home.

Packing and unpacking are never fun but being very organized will make the process go a lot smoother!

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