Moving Tips

Published November 02, 2017

Let’s face it: there is nothing really glamorous about moving.

It’s usually associated with a large amount of stress and massive headaches.

Throughout the years I have seen many people take the challenge on with a vengeance.

It’s a good idea to take advantage of good advice when it’s there – take any suggestions about the process of moving from those who you know that have done the job well.

The following moving tips and tricks are worth their weight in gold if you take the time to do them properly.

Here is a list of some of my favourites:

Boxes or tubs?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Personally, I like using the rubber tubs with the snug lids for short-term moves.

Tubs are great, especially the clear ones where you can see what’s inside. They are reusable from year to year and they stack neatly in storage rooms.

The down side of rubber tubs is that most moving companies would agree that more damage occurs inside a plastic tub during a move than with a cardboard box.

The tubs are formed with uneven edges and a “V” shape inside. This makes stacking difficult and protection for the contents inside a challenge.

The regular cardboard boxes have even edges that meet from edge to edge. This provides maximum shape integrity with optimal protection. Especially when they are stacked one on one inside a moving van.

I love using tubs for all our books and binders.

Whatever you decide, it’s always a good idea to consult your mover before you make the investment in tubs.

Make sure to label all your boxes or tubs room by room
This is critical for making the move go as smoothly as possible.

Once the movers have completed their part, you will have all your designated containers set aside in the proper spaces.

Use paper and foam plates between your dishware when stacking them in your boxes or tubs
It’s also a good idea to use plastic wrap around the tops of your liquid and powder bottles to give them a good seal.

Recycle your old phone books to wrap your glassware.

But if you don’t like dealing with the ink issue then clothing and towels are fantastic for wrapping up large platters and other breakables.

Use empty wine boxes for stemware and empty toilet rolls for electrical cords.

Be sure to label each electrical cord with some tape as well.

It’s a great idea to photograph all your connected electronics before you leave for when you need to re-attach them in your new place.

I also love using large plastic bags for keeping all kitchen utensils together. When you unpack them later, it’s simply a matter of emptying the plastic bag into the designated drawer.

Don’t forget to use your luggage.

These pieces can be invaluable for clothing and shoe transportation.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blue Dog Staging & Redesign.