I have had 6 luxurious weeks to plan out our move for this weekend. There are lots of moving tips out there but I have a couple of ideas to share since they are fresh on my brain. I tried to pack and clean as much as possible in advance. We have lived in our current location for five years and even though I clean regularly, I had to pull out the big guns to return our kitchen to a move-in-ready state. My tips are basic but might help streamline your next move.
When cleaning the fan blades or fixtures, be sure to dry them thoroughly or they will immediately get covered in dust again. I scrubbed my glass diffuser pieces with baking soda & hydrogen peroxide, rinsed, and then washed them with soap and water.
Our kitchen wallpaper has been a struggle to clean in the past. I’ve tried every cleaning product on the market. With the move coming, I ordered Dirtex powder through Amazon to really strip off any grime or discoloration. It mixes with water into a slightly sulfuric smelling wash that works wonders. After washing the walls with Dirtex, I went over them with a mixture of baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide. The Dirtex made a huge difference and it must have loosened up any stains because when I went over the walls with the peroxide & baking soda, they lightened another 2-3 shades.
Washing the white walls with Dirtex brightened & lightened them several shades. Never forget to stock up on Magic Erasers when you have a major cleaning project! Any leftover spots or discolorations melted away permanently with the help of a Magic Eraser.
- If you have advanced notice or plans to move, start saving plastic & paper bags! You will have increased loads of garbage & bags also make great packing material.
- Amazon Boxes–they are a life saver! We have an Amazon Prime account (free shipping & faster shipping on Prime purchases) so we had quite the stock of small (smaller than a shoe box) boxes. I have used these boxes flat (to buffer fragile items) and I pack filled small boxes into a larger box. Boxes can make a great packing material. They help stabilize a box of fragile items, even if you simply place flattened boxes over the wrapped items.
- When packing liquids, whenever possible, I removed the cap and placed a piece of Saran Wrap over the opening of the bottle before replacing the cap. This will prevent liquids from spilling & contaminating other items.
- I have also used saved food containers and Tupperware to pack smaller and fragile items.
- If you are forced to purchase moving boxes, stores like Home Depot sell sturdy boxes for around $1/each.
- Use large flattened boxes to move furniture across carpeting, floors, and outdoor areas to prevent damage.
- Contact utility, internet, etc. providers in advance so you do not have a break in service.
- Change your address online for $1 with the Post Office so your mail will be forwarded until you notify your banks, credit card companies, etc.
Moving is a beast. No matter how much I planned, it is hard when the actual move takes place over a couple of short days. I am grateful the forecast isn’t in the 90’s for the weekend and I pray we get it all done with no major issues!