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Moving your entire family and tons of stuff can be a grueling process, but it doesn’t have to be. With some simple preparation and organization, it’s possible to quickly pack up boxes and transport them safely across the country in a matter of days. Here are 12 proven hacks for moving your belongings quickly that will make the transition smoother for everyone involved!


1. Create a checklist of things to do before moving

Create a “to-do” list that covers all aspects of the move, such as setting up utilities, updating addresses, and notifying family and friends. 

2. Start packing early 

Don’t wait until the last minute when you’re in a rush because it will likely be more stressful; start packing non-essential items at least two weeks before the move. 

3. Declutter ahead of time 

Decide which items are worth keeping and which should be donated or thrown away.

4. Choose quality boxes for packing 

Pick the right boxes for the job, and get durable ones that can hold heavy items.


5. Arrange for the transport of all your belongings

Moving quickly can be a challenge, and arranging transport for all your belongings is no exception. You can consider hiring professional movers for example. Whether you’re planning to rent a truck or hire a professional moving service, taking the time to research and compare prices ahead of time will be worth it in the end.

6. Utilize free packing materials 

Make use of cardboard boxes from stores or ask family members if they have any lying around instead of purchasing new ones from a store.

7. Label each box before you pack it 

This will help speed up the unpacking process once you arrive at your new home as everything will already be labeled for easy sorting. 

8. Take measurements of the new home 

Knowing the size of rooms, hallways, doorways, positioning of furniture and other items will help you to plan accordingly what items need to go where. If done correctly, this simple step can save you time and hassle when it’s time for that big moving day!

9. Make sure all your important documents are in order and safely transferred to the new location 

Make sure you give yourself ample time to get everything organized, back up any digital documents or files, scan or make copies of the necessary paperwork, and physically transport items like birth certificates or passports.

10. Use plastic wrap to secure breakables 

Wrap delicate items in plastic wrap so they won’t break during transport.

11. Get creative with storage solutions 

Look for creative ways to maximize space, such as using furniture drawers or putting small items inside larger ones to save room. 

12. Ask for help 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family when packing; it can make the process go much faster and smoother if everyone pitches in!

Moving can be a stressful experience, but with the right steps in place and some help from friends and family, it doesn’t have to be. Don’t forget to get creative with storage solutions so you can maximize space while packing up all of your belongings!


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