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We tested the most recommended moving hacks and are telling you the ones that are actually worth using during your next move.

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Let's be real, we can all agree that moving is not fun. However, these moving hacks will make your life way easier.

Before I moved, I researched all of the most recommended moving hacks. I decided to test them all out as I moved into my new apartment last weekend.

I'm going to be honest, most of them were really stupid. Like really, really stupid. 

So today, I am going to be showing you the moving hacks that were actually helpful and made the move into my apartment wayyy easier.

This post is all about the best moving hacks.


Below are all the moving hacks that I used and felt like they really worked. I highly recommend you try them out for your next move!

1. Use The Hanger + Trash Bag Trick

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This made moving my clothing SO MUCH EASIER. Highly, highly recommend doing this hack!

Not only does this moving hack ensure that your clothes do not get dirty in the moving process, but it also allows you to take them right out of your old closet and directly into your new one. This takes away the time of putting clothes back onto hangers which, believe me, takes a TON of time.

Here's how I made this moving hack work the best:

  1. While clothes are still hanging, rubberband about 15 hangers together (15 hangers and clothing was the maximum number the trashbags could handle for me). It makes it SO much easier when you rubberband the hangers together.
  2. Take a trash bag and put a hole in the very middle of the bottom (so opposite side of where the ties are).
  3. Stick your hand through that hole and put it over the hangers.
  4. Tie the trashcan at the bottom making sure that all clothes are tucked. That way they won't drag on the ground and get dirty.

I would also highly recommend watching my Youtube video on moving hacks above because I show exactly how I did it.

By doing it that way, it makes it SO much easier and causes less of the trash bags to rip and clothes to get potentially dirty. 

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2. Have An "Open First" Box

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Having an "Open First" box allows you to have everything important that you need for that first night in one easy accessible place.

In my case, I actually used my laundry hamper but another great idea is using a trash can which doubles its use. 

Make sure that you take the "Open First" box with you in your car to ensure it doesn't get lost in the moving process.

Here's what I had in my "Open First" box:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Shampoo + Conditioner + Towels
  • Pajamas
  • Outfit for the next day

3. Before You Move, Purge Everything

Before you move into your new home/apartment, go through every room and closet making sure to get rid of anything you don't want or use anymore.

This allows you to move into your new home with close to zero clutter that you will never end up touching.

I did this and ended up donating six (yes SIX!) big trash bags to Goodwill of clothing. So basically, my old wardrobe is making up my local Goodwill right now haha.

4. Use Clothes/Towels To Wrap Breakable Items

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Instead of buying expensive packing paper, use items you already have to protect breakable items during the moving process.

I ended up wrapping all of my bowls, candles, and other fragile items with my new towels I had purchased for my apartment. I was going to pack the towels anyways so it was a win-win situation.

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5. Make Your Bed First Thing After Moving In

This is something that I was taught years ago and have done ever since. 

One of the first things you should plan on unpacking in your home is getting your bed setup and your sheets on it. This instantly makes it feel like you are home!

I also found that we were up until 3:00 am unpacking the night we moved in and the last thing I would have wanted to do at that time would have been to find my bedding and make my bed.

6. Label The SIDE Of Your Boxes, Not The Top

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THIS IS A HUGE MOVING HACK! And something that I totally forgot to do and instantly regretted.

You have to label the sides of your boxes so that when you set them on top of each other you can still see what is in the box.

Because I labeled the top of the box, when they were all stacked I no longer remembered what was in every box and it made it super annoying to find what I needed.

7. Get Smaller Boxes

Another huge moving hack!! I got large moving boxes and they were too big. 

Like so big that at least two people had to carry them. When things get put in them it gets way heavier and makes it so much more awkward to carry up and down the stairs.

8. Get Free Boxes From Uhaul

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Uhaul has an amazing program in place where they allow customers to recycle their moving boxes and let other customers use them. This means that almost always, Uhaul has free boxes that you can use!

And let me tell you, boxes are expensive! I purchased all new boxes and am going to save them in my garage until my next move because of how expensive they were.

9. Send Amazon Packages Straight To Your New Apartment/Home

*this hack may be dependent on if you're moving to a house or an apartment*

Instead of ordering things to your old home and having to find a place to pack them for your new home, start shipping the products directly to your new home before your move. 

This is what I did and when I moved in I had a ton of Amazon boxes waiting there for me. If you're worried about this, call the front desk of your apartment building!

ALSO! If you have Amazon Prime, the week before you move put a grocery list together on Amazon Fresh. The night before you move in schedule the groceries to be delivered to your new home. 

That way you don't have to worry about getting groceries but will still have fresh food when you move in!

10. Get A Free 7-day Trial To Amazon Prime For Your Groceries

If you don't have Amazon Prime, they offer a 7-day free trial that you can use the week you move to your new apartment. 

Click here to get your FREE 7-day Amazon trial.

11. Use Index Cards And Packing Tape To Label Boxes

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When labeling boxes, use index cards and packing tape so that you can remove them and reuse your boxes.

If you label directly on the box, the next time you move you will have to cross it off and relabel which will make the box look super messy and confusing.

This also helps if you are packing a bunch of miscellaneous items. On the index card you can write down everything that is in there so you won't forget.

12. Take Out Entire Dresser Drawers

If you're moving shorter distances, I recommend taking out entire drawers from your dresser.

That way all your clothes remains in there and you can simply slide it back in. Easy-peasy.

13. Pack Socks Into Your Boots And Shoes

Socks in general are an awkward thing to pack because they usually end up going everywhere. A way to use them organized and in one place is by actually sticking them in your shoes and boots.

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14. Use Suitcases To Pack

I had two hard suitcases that I filled to the brim with things.

You are already going to have to take your suitcases to your new place so you may as well pack them with stuff to save more room.

15. Pack Cleaning Supplies In Its Own Box

Pack cleaning supplies in its own box especially if you are moving out of an apartment.

One of the last things you do when you leave an apartment is some cleaning and everything can get super unorganized and complicated if you have cleaning supplies mixed in with a lot of other products.

16. Use Sticky Notes On Boxes And Walls To Easily Know Where Things Belong

Put the same color sticky note on coordinating boxes and rooms. For example, I would put a blue sticky note on my bedroom door and then any box that is supposed to go into my bedroom also had a blue sticky note on it.

This makes it so much easier to know where things go and will definitely be appreciated by your friends and family who are helping you move. Movers too!

17. Tape Screws And Bolts On The Back Of The Furniture Piece

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If you are taking apart furniture, it is essential that you don't lose any pieces for it. 

An easy way to make sure you never lose them is by putting the pieces in a Ziploc bag and duct-taping them to the back of the furniture.

I have done this with my bed for every move and so wish I had a picture of it! But it has always made moving soo much more organized.

This post was all about the best moving hacks.

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