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Boxes, Tape and Help: All You Need to Make Your Move Smooth

Moving to a new home is a step towards improving your life, but the preparation for making such a big move can be dizzying. You have to get supplies, arrange for movers or friends to help you, arrange for services to be shut off at your old place and turned on at your new one -- it's no wonder moving evokes feelings of confusion and exhaustion. With the right combination of supplies and strategy, you can make your move a much more pleasant experience.

Boxes in Batches

When many decide that they're moving, most tend to run to the store and get a pile of random boxes, plus a roll of tape. There's some advantage to this because they can immediately start to pack, but you're better off getting supplies in batches. This also ensures you don't have piles of unused supplies filling up your home, making it harder for you to get organized. As for tape, always get more than you think you need. Get dispensers with cutting edges that will allow you to pack quickly. Finding these supplies is easier than ever with help from Boxes 4 U. Online services like this are there to help you with your moving ordeal.

Padding Equals Protection

Don't forget specialized supplies, too. Dish and glass packs work well for, well, dishes and glasses, of course. But they also work well for small figurines and vases, and even desk supplies that you want to keep separate. Bubble wrap is a must, at least for its stress-relieving value. If you'll be moving heavy furniture, invest in some special elbow straps that help you lift and carry larger items like mattresses, and buy a dolly or hand truck so you don't have to carry in 30 boxes one by one.

Call in Those Favors

It's also time to think about that help. While hiring movers is a possibility, doing so will cost you more money than you might be willing to spend. Enlisting the help of your friends and family will still cost you, but they probably won't charge as much as professional movers would. Make sure to treat whoever is helping you to dinner and drinks as a solid thank you. Start calling people as soon as you have an idea of when you might be moving to give them a heads up. Don't wait until you have an exact date; call when you know the approximate week. With more hands, the work can go significantly easier.

Try to get a list of five or six people willing to help because that allows a couple to later decline without affecting how fast your move goes. And don't be afraid to have several people helping. The more help you have, the more quickly you'll be able to transfer everything.

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Meghan Belnap

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