Moving Tips

Scale Down

Adopt a “less is more” attitude when you move. Have a yard sale and scale back the things you don’t need. The less stuff you move, the less energy expended – better for you and the environment.

Efficient wardrobe box use

Fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans.  Fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags then add your hanging clothes. Pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off the hangers.  You’ll have fewer boxes , and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of a tall wardrobe box.  Don’t make them so heavy that they become a challenge to move.

Pack ahead

The more you can pack ahead the more time you will save on moving day.  Do you really need all your pots and pans or winter clothes in the summertime?  Live out of a suitcase and travel cosmetic case for the last week and pack up your shampoo and extra toothpaste.

Don’t overstuff boxes

Make sure all your boxes close properly so that the tops are flat.  If you over-pack a box, you risk damaging the contents.  Pack small items in small boxes and place them into a large box.

Consolidate cleaning supplies

If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a basic cleaning kit.  Clean anything you can ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.) and pack any other cleaning supplies you don’t need.

Use your luggage

Fill your luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels and paper goods.

Safeguard valuable items

Try to keep valuable possessions, such as laptops, jewelry, important documents, etc. with you.  It may be a good idea to keep tools you’ll need to reassemble furniture with you as well.

Packing Materials

Packing materials can increase your expense and clutter landfills. Consider an alternative to bubble wrap such as using old newspapers or purchasing recycled paper.  We offer packer’s newsprint made of renewably sourced packing material which is biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable.

Cleaning Supplies

When cleaning up the old or new place choose green cleaning supplies Why not use something from the line of products produced by Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers. They are the leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household cleaning products in the nation.

Moving liquids

If you must move liquids, use either a sealable container or waterproof bags.

After Your Move

On the first day you arrive (and every season you do a clothing swap) place all your clothes with the hangers backwards so they are harder to remove from the clothing rod.  At the end of the season you will be able to tell which clothes you didn’t wear all season and donate them – because the hangers will still be backwards.

You can stop junk mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service at the Direct Marketing Association. It won’t stop all the stuff you get daily in your mail, but it will help to reduce a large amount of unwanted paper.

Set up a recycling center in your new kitchen where it’s easy and handy to separate paper from plastic recyclables. Making recycling easy ensures that you’ll be more likely to do it.