6 Life Changing Moving Tips

Moving is hard. The emotional toll of saying goodbye to family and friends is hard enough that
you don’t have to add the stress of actually moving to realize that picking up your life and
starting over isn’t easy. After moving multiple times, I have found there is a science to the
moving process. The saying goodbye process is more of an art that changes each time we drive
away. But these tips have made at least one part of the move…the moving your stuff… easier.

Purge Before You Go
Maybe you want to follow Marie Kondo and see what things spark joy or go room by room
cleaning out the toys, clothes and more. No matter what method you use, the fact is we all have
things hidden in a drawer, closet or maybe the boxes from the last move (just me?) that we don’t
need anymore. Getting rid of as much stuff that you won’t need at the next assignment is a great
way to start your moving process.

Be Prepared to Prep
Movers won’t pack things in original boxes so if you have something valuable that you want to
move in the original box you have to do it yourself. You also need to take apart your
entertainment display, remove pictures from walls, put things that you want together close to
each other. If you can disassemble furniture before the movers arrive it can protect it from being

Label, Label, Label
The moving company should label all your boxes, but if you have ever gone around while they
are packing or opened boxes on the back end of your move you often find weird labels for your
stuff. Having a sharpie in your back pocket to label boxes as the movers pack your stuff can be
helpful. I also go through each room after the movers have left to ensure that the description
matches the room you are in.

If you know where you are moving you can also label boxes by colors so that when you move to
your new location you can put a color on each door making it easier for the movers to know
where to go. I wrote 1 st floor, 2 nd floor, and basement on as many boxes as I could to try and
make life easier.

Plan for the Move
1-2 months out start using up the food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. One creative idea is to
have no spend weeks where you rely on just the food in your home. You might need to get
creative to make meals that work, but you might find something you didn’t know you had.

Be mindful of how long it takes to use up items. Stop buying larger bulk items up to six months
out to ensure you don’t end up having things you can’t take with you.

Set Aside Space
We always use a small bathroom to hide things we don’t want the movers to pack. It can be
anything from our suitcases to blow up mattresses to valuables we want to move across the
country. Label the room don’t pack and shut the door.

Be Flexible
Things likely won’t go 100% like you plan so being flexible to what comes next is always my
number one moving tip.

What are your best moving tips and hacks?



  1. Michaela Hemsley

    Thanks for pointing out that when you are moving it’s smart to label all of your boxes as they’re being packed to make it easier for you to find things and to make it easier for the movers to know where to put it. My husband and I are thinking about moving soon because we want to move closer to the area that we both work in to help shorten our daily commute. We’ll have to make sure to label everything and to talk to whatever moving company we hire about any other tips they might have to help make things easier for all of us.

  2. Taylor Wright

    I found it interesting when you said to put items you don’t want packed in a small room and label it don’t pack. My sister is planning to move to Texas for her job and needs help packing her things since she is a single mother. I’ll have to show her this so she knows what to do when hiring a moving company.

  3. Derek McDoogle

    My cousin told me that he might get promoted as a Sargent at the army, but that he might have to move. I like how you said that getting rid of as much stuff that you won’t need at the next assignment is a great way to start your moving process. I will recommend him that once he knows that he will need to move, to contact a professional for better assistance.

  4. Darrien Hansen

    I like that you mentioned the importance of labeling your boxes with a marker before you move. My uncle is thinking about joining the military and will need to relocate with his family, but he doesn’t have any experience when it comes to moving since he has spent his life living in the same area. I’ll let him know that labeling his belongings is important when moving.

  5. Greta James

    Thank you so much for your advice that you will want to get rid of everything that you do not need or use before you move because it will be a great way to start off clean. About a week ago, I was talking to my cousin, and he mentioned that he has to move so that he can be closer to his new employment. I am so excited for him. I will have to talk to him about relocation companies that could help make the whole process a lot easier.

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