When you're planning for a major household move, the little things are often the ones that make it the most challenging. Even with the most extensive plans, you may still find yourself needing some creative solutions to persistent and troublesome issues. Here are a few tips to help you simplify things and make the moving process easier from start to finish.
Protect Your Dishware
When you opt for old newspapers to pack your dishes securely, you just create more work for yourself in your new place. After all, you have to wash all of the dishes to get the newspaper ink off them before you can put them away. If you decide to use dish packing foam instead, that eliminates the ink transfer, but it can be very expensive.
Luckily, you don't have to use newspaper or costly dish packing foam for your plates. Instead, buy a large pack of foam plates from your local grocery or department store. Place a foam plate between each dish when you pack them to create an insulating layer. Then, you can save any extras to have something to eat off of before you unpack!
Don't Make a Mess of Silverware
The silverware drawer organizer is often a mess of multiple types of silverware, small kitchen tools and other items. Instead of dumping everything into one box and then having to sort it all out again, you can keep everything intact and secure for the move by wrapping it all in plastic wrap. A couple of layers of plastic wrap will create enough of a seal to keep all of the silverware in their compartments, making it a breeze to move the whole tray.
Keep the Pathway to the Truck Open
When you have a door that shuts behind you every time you go through, particularly if it locks every time it closes, you're likely to get frustrated after a trip or two. Luckily, you can keep the latch out of the way and prevent the lock from engaging with a simple technique. Put a rubber band on the door knob on the inside of the door. Then, turn the knob of the door so that the latch is flat with the door. Then, pull the rubber band around the door, twisting it to create an "X" on the door. Then, wrap the other end around the door knob on the outside of the door. The "X" created in the band should sit directly over the latch so that the latch stays secure inside the door. With this, all you have to do is push on the door to open it if you're coming through with boxes and it's closed.
Whether you move yourself or hire one of the moving companies in your area, the tips above will simplify the process for everyone involved.