Between the boxes, tape, and bubble wrap, you end up purchasing a lot of moving supplies. But did you know that you can pack with many items you already own? Check out these clever packing hacks that can keep those expenses down.
Packing Hacks With Materials You Already Own
Moving small, everyday items can be a tedious process. Here are some creative packing hacks using typical items you already own or free items you can easily get.
1. Use Clothes to Protect Fragile Items
You’re packing your clothes anyway, so why not put them to use? Clothes can help protect fragile items. For example, scarves are great for awkwardly shaped items like mugs and wine glasses. You can also use large T-shirts as extra padding around boxes with loose items. Place little knick-knacks, such as salt and pepper shakers, into socks and wrap safely.
2. Stacks Plates with Styrofoam Plates
Plates are always a tricky thing to transport. To reduce the chances of breaking, place a styrofoam plate in between plates. You can also place a shirt to line the box, and then pack plates vertically to help from sliding around.
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3. Trash Bags for Clothes on Hangers
Trash bags aren’t just for throwing things away — they also make packing your closet easier. With this hack, you don’t have to pack clothes and hangers separately.
First, make sure you have a trash bag with a drawstring. Next, separate your clothes into small sections. Then, pull the bag over your clothes, and tie the drawstring around the hangers.
4. Egg Cartons and Toilet Rolls for Jewelry
If you have a lot of jewelry, it can be a mess to move without missing an earring or tangling a necklace. Use an empty egg carton to keep matching earrings and other small pieces together. For necklaces, you can thread them through an empty toilet roll to keep from tangling.
5. Free Boxes from the Grocer
Head to your local grocery for free boxes. Most groceries stock their inventory at night and throw them away before morning. Call ahead and speak with the store manager and take advantage of the free boxes for your moving needs.
6. Use String to Rip Off Tape
One of the hassles of moving is getting all the tape off your boxes. Before you tape a box shut, try this easy packing hack. Add a string to the top of the box, then tape over it. When it’s time to unpack, all you have to do is pull the string to open the box. No box cutters or broken nails necessary!
Need Help Packing?
The best hack of all is having someone else pack and move all these boxes and items for you! Moving is more than just boxes and bubble wrap — it’s a major life change. Having expert help makes this transition less daunting.
If you don’t have the time to spend packing, you can always call Ameritex’s professional packers. With a less than 1% damage claim ratio, we know how to pack and deliver your items safely from point A to point B.