Moving to a New Home: 5 Helpful Packing and Storage Tips

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There’s something exciting about moving to a new home, and we’re not talking about that new home smell (carpet cleaner and paint fumes?). When you purchase a new home, whether it’s new construction or simply new to you, the process includes an air of adventure. Perhaps it’s because your heart rate is elevated from taking on the debt of a mortgage. Or maybe it has more to do with the prospect of transforming a strange new space and making it your own. Either way, you’ll likely feel overjoyed when you sign on the dotted line and take possession of your new home. Of course, that feeling will last right up until you are faced with the practical aspects of moving from one house to another. Luckily, there are all kinds of packing and storage tips that can make the process of moving a lot easier and more efficient.

The place to start is with appropriate supplies, including a variety of boxes and packing materials designed to fit all of your stuff and protect it during the moving process. If you’re not keen to pay for boxes, ask for throw-aways at local department stores and appliance warehouses. You might be surprised what you can get for free simply by asking. And you won’t even have to go dumpster diving to get the boxes you need. You may have to shell out some dough for suitable cushioning materials to protect delicate items like dishes and glassware. But you can also use towels and linens for some items to save a little money. If money is no object, though, you can also pay a moving company to pack everything for you, placing the liability for properly packaging delicate items on professionals.

The next step is organization, and this is where a lot of people get frustrated. You might be willing to write on the outside of the box, indicating where it belongs in your new home with locations like “kitchen” or “master bedroom.” But when you’re in a hurry, you probably don’t want to write out a list of everything in the box with a Sharpie. Good news: there’s an app for that.

The Sortly app allows you to choose from categories (like “Move”), create hierarchies for projects (sort by rooms in the house, for example), and then take snapshots of items you want to organize. All you have to do is number your boxes, take a snapshot of the interior, and tag the items inside so that you can quickly reference any box when you’re trying to find something during your move or the unpacking process. Even better, this app automatically backs up to the cloud, syncs to other devices, and lets you export spreadsheet files. It will cost you $0.99 a month (or $9.99 for a year, or $39.99 for a lifetime subscription). But it’s well worth the cost for the sanity and organization you’ll gain when you move or store items.

When you’re packing for a move, the last thing you want is to find yourself searching for items you’ve misplaced. And when you reach your destination, you want to be able to quickly find the items you need, and find them intact. Whether you prefer to write packing lists by hand or the efficiency of an app like Sortly is more appealing, organization is important. But so is your peace of mind, in which case hiring a reputable company like North Dallas Moving and Storage could be worth every penny for the stress you’ll avoid.

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