People Are Sharing Their Best Moving Tips and We're Really Impressed
Moving was a lot easier when you had one plastic bin and a bean bag chair to your name, but we're real adults now. That means we own a couch, or at least one button-up shirt we'd prefer not to have to hang again. Well, it turns out there are ways to make moving slightly less soul-destroying than our experiences of yore, as we've just learned thanks to an enthusiastic Twitter thread sparked by a Miss "Shameless Maya."
"Shameless Maya," or @mayasworld, shamelessly asked the internet for help with her impending move.
"I'm using stackable and reusable bins, but anything else eco-friendly is appreciated!" And the internet responded to her novice plea with a slew of positively genius moving tips, laden with photographs and cries of "life-saving!"
Among these posts are motivational strategies, protection methods for your delicates, and IKEA reassembly tips. It's also just a bit cathartic, like the apartment-move support group you felt you needed last time but were too prideful to seek out:
While taping cardboard boxes, place yarn underneath the tape and longer than the tape---— Jenni Porterfield (@JenniPxox) November 6, 2019
just pull the yarn and---
Those big blue bags from Ikea. They're huge, don't take up much space when folded, and can be used over and over. I've used them for 4 different moves now— Lil Pistol Starter (@PaigeUnabridged) November 6, 2019
I like using my clothes to protect my dishes instead of news paper haha 😆— Yuffieh (*´・ｖ・) (@yuffieh_) November 6, 2019
Vacuum sealed bags are a huge space saver!— Briana the Unbowed (@HunniB_Rose) November 6, 2019
Purge what you can now - shred papers, donate, etc.
Before buying boxes, check out retail stores to see if they have any they plan on throwing out/recycling.
If you need to disassemble anything, please for the love of god, duct tape the screws and any other related hardware you take out TO the actual item they go to. Just trust me.— NebraskaFeminists (@NebFeminists) November 6, 2019
My furniture isn't fancy. I sharpie little notes to the underside for how to reassemble it. E.g. the Ikea Poang armchair where all the holes look the same except 2 specific ones need the longer screws and I'll forget which unless i label it.— CantabKitty BSc (@CantabKitty) November 6, 2019
Oh gosh, 1 more! These are called 'Moving Men'. (Ahem at the name!) Anyhow, they're <$20 and they make almost anything glide across floors w/o damage. If you're loading items yourself, they'll save you from heavier items. Later, they're great for cleaning, rearranging, etc. =] pic.twitter.com/esLF7FWMuF— GabberWaukee (@GabberWaukee) November 6, 2019
For glassware, liquor stores have strong partitioned boxes that they will give away. But sometimes only on a specific day.— Suz Page (@SuzPageWrites) November 6, 2019
Oh, one more! If you're moving out of a rental or a place you own, make sure to take video of everything once it's all emptied and cleaned out, before you turn over your keys or close. When you get to your new place, do the same. It's not a moving hack, but it's important! =]— GabberWaukee (@GabberWaukee) November 6, 2019
The plastic cling wrap stuff is a life saver! Wrap it around furniture with drawers, on edges of mirrors or anything you want to keep together.— Brittany Butler (@zybrittany) November 6, 2019
Believe it or not. There is a thing where people “free cycle” boxes. Certain things may need to be packed in boxes. Go to major department stores and ask for their boxes. Wrap glasses and dishes in grocery store plastic bags. Pack 1-2 mos before your move. Reduces stress.— Eve yea that's ME... (@jackseve) November 6, 2019
Point is, moving day is going to be a bit hellish no matter how many anti-scratch cups you put under your couch. But now you know a few more ways to mitigate the misery.