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5 Moving Hacks Everyone Should Know

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Moving can be super stressful.
There’s so much to do outside of just packing your things…and packing is SO overwhelming! Where did you get so much stuff? Will it all fit in your new place? How will you get it all into these boxes?!
Luckily, there are ways to lighten the load and allow you to breathe a little easier in the midst of the madness. Here are five key moving hacks that everyone should know!

1. Plan Ahead

Again, there is A LOT to do when making a move. By planning ahead, you can save yourself time and anxiety by being ahead of the game! Some great places to start:

Start Packing Early

By starting with packing things that you don’t use regularly, like decor or extra dishes and clothes, you can set yourself up for success when the unexpected happens and you get put on a time crunch to complete your move! Depending on how soon you know you will be moving, you could start weeks or even months in advance; having a spare room or a storage unit to store things makes this so easy!

Make Utility Arrangements

Most utility companies should have a way to schedule ahead of your end service date for your current location and the start of your service at your new home. By making these arrangements early, it takes a huge weight off your shoulders knowing that your utility services like water, sewer, electricity, and gas will be uninterrupted and have already been taken care of so that you can focus on your daily life and packing.

2. Make Some Decisions

One thing that you can do to take some of the strain off your packing is through making some (maybe difficult) decisions. What really needs to make the move? Here are three basic questions to ask as you pack:

  • What do you want to keep?
  • What do you need to keep?
  • What is just taking up space and needs to be donated, recycled, or thrown away?

A recent popular lifestyle change that has proven for tidying as you go can be found in the KonMari Method. Does it spark joy? No? Out it goes!

3. Stay Organized

This one seems like a no-brainer, but it is so easy to get jumbled in the mayhem that ensues when trying to pack and move on time! Some quality organization tips to keep in mind when you move:

  • LABELS. On everything! The last thing you want is a random cord that you have to search to find the device it belongs to! Also, while mystery boxes may be fun, no one likes them while moving.
  • Instead of using cardboard boxes, consider plastic bins. The handles make them easier to carry, they’re sturdier, and you can get clear ones to see exactly what is inside them!
  • Pack by room, location, and item type! By clearing one shelf at a time, it will make it easier to put everything back together in your new home.

4. Call A Professional Mover

Trying to move everything on your own can make the stress even worse. By hiring a professional moving company, you can save yourself time, anxiety, and potential injury carrying things you shouldn’t be!
Our residential moving services include packing and unpacking for you, loading a moving truck you’ve rented, using one of our own trucks and transporting your things for you, or a combination! You have your own day to day schedule to see to; by getting help to take the weight of packing and moving off your shoulders, you don’t need to interrupt your busy schedule!

5. Reward Yourself

Finally, take a break! Too much stress isn’t healthy. By making time to decompress, you will find the whole process gets that much easier. Yes, moving takes a lot of work…but you should still enjoy the excitement that comes with it!

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Need to Know Packing and Storage Tips

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Moving to the Treasure Valley anytime soon? Boise Moving and Storage is here to help. Whether you need a helping hand or simply a dry place to keep your valuables safe. We have it all. Here are a few tips to help get you moved with less hassle. We work in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, and Caldwell. Wherever your new home is we will help get you settled.

What Do You Need?

The basic brown boxes, tape, and a marker to label what is inside are three necessities that most of us are well aware of. But here are a few things that are also very helpful when packing your valuables. Believe it or not, newspaper or paper towels help as a cushion for valuables or breakables. When moving kitchen supplies make sure you wrap your glasses in newspaper or paper towels to help prevent them from breaking.

When packing up plates add a piece of newspaper or paper towel between the plates so you reduce the risk of them cracking or breaking during the move. The famous bubble wrap that we all played with as a kid and might still play with as adults is another great way to pack efficiently and safely. For more tips on different types of moving click here and see all of the different moving services we offer here at Boise Moving and Storage.

Tricks to Packing

Everyone has a different way that they pack their things. But here are a few tips and tricks that can make your packing strategy even more unique. Making a checklist of everything that you need to pack and organizing by sections such as kitchen, living room, bathroom, can make unpacking easier. If you want to be more specific like “guest bathroom” for example so you know what bathroom that box belongs to.

Setting yourself up for success will allow you to truly be successful in the end. Another tip is to purge all the things that you do not need and or want anymore so you aren’t packing and moving irrelevant items that you will never use again.

Storage Hacks

When you store your items you need to get the bang for your buck which means you need to store in the most efficient way possible. If you are storing furniture such as drawers use those draws to store some of your items that way you are using the space that you are paying for effectively. Another great way to save space is the power of stacking. Stacking boxes, chairs, and things on furniture can make it so you don’t have a ton of wasted space.

Here at Boise Moving and Storage, we have climate controlled storage so your valuables are in the best hand here in the treasure valley. We have a range of different options and sizes for both residential and commercial storage. We make sure to accommodate all of your Boise moving needs.