1. De-clutter

You know those roller blades you’ve held onto for nearly a decade? Trash them! Along with any other unused items. While you may think your childhood macaroni frames hold sentimental value, your future self will be thanking you for not lugging it to the next home. When you leave yourself with only the essentials, packing becomes a breeze.

2. Timing

Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to get everything moved out as soon as possible. Pick a day when you have no other obligations and dedicate your time to moving in an efficient manner that’s convenient for you.

3. Hire Professionals

There’s no shame in admitting you need help, especially when it comes to moving. Be sure to investigate and conduct thorough research before deciding on a specific company. So long as their services align with your needs, you’ll be all set.

4. Accumulate Moving Boxes

While any office supply store will certainly carry moving boxes, you may strike gold paying your local grocery store a visit. Often times stores will discard the boxes produce comes shipped in. If they do in fact recycle and have no problem giving away their boxes, one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure!

5. Labeling

One of the cardinal rules when packing is labeling. Lump one room's items in the appropriate amount of boxes and be sure to accurately label all sides of the box. When the time comes to distribute the boxes, your labeling will be a godsend.

6. Handle With Care

Treat your fragile items with care and wrap them with either packing paper or bubble wrap. This will prevent them from clinking up against other delicate items and potentially breaking. This tip really comes in handy when packing dishware.

7. Not Too Heavy

When packing boxes, be sure you aren’t over-stuffing or straining the box. When a box is too heavy it becomes susceptible to tears and holes. In the event the box becomes too over-strained, the bottom could open up damaging all the items within.

8. Saran Wrap To The Rescue

For those pesky toiletry bottles that have an unreliable cap, saran wrap the top of it to prevent leakage. The last thing you want is to open up a box and find that it's saturated with shampoo.

9. Packing Tape

While this may seem like a given, it can’t be said enough. Put the cheap Scotch tape away and grab the packing tape. Packing tape is notably more durable and is designed to properly seal moving boxes.

10. Groceries

A good rule of thumb is to make your last grocery trip one week before moving. Only purchase the necessities, otherwise, you’ll be forced to throw out foods you never got around to eating.

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