It wasn’t exactly planned, but I moved twice in two years. I know. It’s a lot. And if you’ve moved before I’m sure you can agree that moving is a pain in the butt. When you first think about moving, there’s so much you forget about or don’t consider. Your first thought about the actual moving process is probably that you need to pack up all of your stuff. No big deal. But you might not consider just how many boxes you’ll need and what’s the best way to organize your things? And how much bubble wrap do you need for fragile things? There’s so much to think about! So like I said, since I’ve done this twice in two years, I thought I would compile a little list of things I found that have worked for me. Bear in mind that I’m no expert and I’m sure there are better ways to do things, but this is just what I did during my most recent move.
1. Book a Moving Company
I know a lot of people move themselves. And I know a lot of people think they can move themselves and find it a lot more difficult than they had anticipated. You might be able to get away with moving yourself if you don’t have any furniture or big things to move, but even all the clothing and kitchen boxes would probably take a ton of car trips. Some moving companies book out far in advance so it’s better to reserve something ahead of time rather than scrambling at the last minute. Most companies like New Jersey Transport, Inc. Moving Company will give you a free quote so you can compare rates.
2. Pack Clothes & Shoes from Other Seasons
The easiest thing, for me, to do was start to pack clothes. Since I was moving at the end of the summer, I packed all my winter clothes up and things I wouldn’t need in the immediate future. Along the same lines, I could pack up all my boots. As I packed, boxes of clothes I picked out all the clothes that I didn’t want anymore because either I just didn’t like them anymore or they didn’t fit anymore. This cut down on the amount of boxes I needed. Although, let’s be real, I have a ton of clothes so I still needed a lot of boxes. All the clothes that you’ll need for the season you’re in, you can pack last when it gets closer to your moving date. You can get boxes at places like Home Depot. I had relatives with a ton of plastic containers so I used those for all my clothes. New Jersey Transport also offers packing services. They can pack everything for you, pack some things for you, or just supply you with packing materials.
3. Books, Knick Knacks, Jewelry
After the clothes are packed, I packed other things I didn’t need right away like books, candles, jewelry, decorate items like vases, holiday and home decor. Make sure to really bubble wrap all of those fragile items!
4. Pack Kitchen Items
Kitchen items are one of the last things I packed because, well, you need to cook. So I packed all the dishes, pots, pans, gadgets etc. on one of the last days. Again, make sure everything is packed nicely since kitchen items are breakable.
5. Pack Bathroom Items
Bathrooms are last on my list right up there with kitchen items since you need to shower and use the bathroom pretty much up til you leave. You could pack away some things like unopened toiletries and spare bath towels and things ahead of time.
6. Keep Things Organized
Keep things organized. Clothes should be with clothes. Kitchen with kitchen. Bathroom with bathroom etc. Don’t just throw things in a box and call it a day, because I promise you it will drive you crazy when you’re looking for things later! Label the boxes if you’re so inclined as well!
7. Make sure All Your Furniture is Emptied
If you are having movers come to move furniture, make sure your drawers and cupboards are empty. You don’t want things rolling around or breaking inside when they move the pieces!
My furniture that I had moved was pretty heavy so I’m thankful I had professional movers to do the heavy lifting, literally. I remember when I had my new bedroom furniture delivered at my old place. The furniture delivery guys said it was so heavy and joked for me to never move. Oops. I moved a little over a year later!
8. Choose a Reliable Moving Company
Circling back to the moving company – when you’re choosing a moving company you want to make sure you choose one that is reliable, professional, and works in your budget. That’s why it’s so important to get a quote. You also want to make sure they really know what they’re doing. You’re trusting them to move your personal belongings. Moving is expensive enough, you don’t want to end up with broken or ruined furniture and have to pay to buy new things!
New Jersey Transport can move any of your furniture, including pianos! Yes, pianos. If you’re looking for piano movers in NJ then definitely check them out. They are touted as the best piano movers in NJ. They will take care of all the moving, you just have to clear the space around the piano and inform them of the route they would take, whether there are stairs involved, etc.
New Jersey Transport can move you locally, long distance, do commercial moving, auto transport or more.
These are just some things to consider when you move and what worked for me! Let me know if you have any tips for future moves!