A Simple Moving Checklist — Free Boxes, Packing Tips & More

moving boxes
Get ready to take a huge weight off your shoulders for moving day!

When it’s time to move, life can get hectic really fast. Each new task can trigger racing thoughts. Do you begin with hiring the movers or packing the boxes? And how do you even know which moving company to hire? If only someone could offer you a simple moving checklist…

You’re in luck. Updater, a moving app that saves you time and money on dozens of moving-related task, can also help you simplify and de-stress your move. 

In addition to their app, their step-by-step, their step-by-step simple moving checklist will help you hold your sanity together until the big day:

1. Prepare your move with an 8-week moving day checklist for big picture planning

8 weeks before move
Download Updater’s free 8-week moving day checklist.

2. Calculate how many boxes you need to move

  • Studio apartment: 29-43 boxes
  • 1 Bedroom: 47-66 boxes
  • 2 Bedroom: 83-99 boxes
  • 3 Bedroom: 103-118 boxes
  • Its also important to consider: how many people live in your home, how many years you’ve lived there and your lifestyle (minimal vs packrat).

3. Where to find free moving boxes

  • Check out the local liquor stores.
  • Visit the grocery store.
  • Reach out to your social circle and look on Craigslist.
  • Your own apartment complex or an office building might even be a great place to start.
moving boxes
Why spend money? Here’s where to find free cardboard moving boxes.

4. Pare down your clothes

  • Separate your clothes into three piles: keep, donate, toss.
  • Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in over a year or that no longer fits.

5. How to pack your clothes

  • Use trash bags as garment bags to cut costs. Simply poke a hole in the sealed end of the trash bag and thread the hooks of your hangers through.
  • Pack out of season and rarely worn clothes first.
  • Choose to organize according to type of clothing, material, color or season to make unpacking easier.
  • Protect your shoes by packing them toe-to-heel or sole-to-sole.

6. Carefully pack your jewelry

  • Use old business cards to pack earrings.
  • Use straws to pack necklaces.
jewelry study
Try packing your jewelry in its own box or between soft clothing items to prevent any damage.

7. Pack dishes like a pro

  • Always line your boxes with crumpled paper to protect your dishes.
  • When packing plates, stack them on their side as though you’re loading a dishwasher.
  • Use crumpled paper and soft fabrics to fill small gaps between your dishes.

8. Strategically pack your electronics

  • Backup all of your devices before moving.
  • Wrap and label all of your chords before packing them.
  • Take photos of how your chords connect to different electronics before unplugging them.

9. Select the right moving company

  • Start your search at least a month in advance.
  • Ask for at least three moving estimates before booking.
  • It’s also important to consider: the customer reviews, the moving company’s reputation, the quoted moving cost and your personal budget.
Here’s how to find the best moving company for your situation, in 6 simple steps.

10. Pack food without wasting it

  • Cover salt shakers and pepper mills with masking tape.
  • Use your cooler for fridge and freezer foods.
  • Plan your meals 2-3 weeks in advance of your move and donate the food you can’t bring or don’t want to Move for Hunger.

11. Pack an essentials bag

  • Remember all the essentials including your sheets, pillow, and phone charger.
  • Keep cash handy for tipping movers.

12. Protect important documents for moving

  • Gather important documents like your passport, social security card, medical records, and vehicle registration and store them in your moving binder.
  • Keep the binder with you as you move – not on the moving truck.

13. Move your mattress

  • Don’t skimp on the mattress cover. Always buy one to protect your mattress while in transit.
  • When disassembling your bed-frame, use sandwich bags to keep all of the screws, bolts, and other small pieces safe. Remember to tape these bags to your bed-frame so you won’t lose them.
  • Use baking soda to clean the mattress at your new home.

14. Fill holes in your walls

  • Use a mixture of baking soda and white glue to fill picture holes.
  • Fill small holes with toothpaste before moving out.

15. Prepare your new home for move-in

  • If possible, clean your new home before moving in.
  • Measure all of your furniture prior to moving so that you know what will fit and what needs to stay behind.
moving week planning guide
Check out Updater’s free downloadable 8-week moving day checklist.

If you found this article helpful, then you’re sure to love our Home Sanity “Moving Tips” section.


2 thoughts

  1. The checklist is very useful things because from the checklist at moving is very easy. All things are carefully moving and packing. I am happy with your blog. You share useful information.

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