Are you about to buy a house? Then you're also about to move - ughhh. But it doesn't have to be that way. Actually, when you have all the right systems in place, moving is a breeze.

It's also the perfect shot for you to find that favorite t-shirt of yours, which you just know is hidden underneath something. That's why we put together this comprehensive list of packing tips for moving, which will save you hours (probably days) of time & headaches.

Packing Checklist For Moving

Moving Necessities:

  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper
  • Packing Paper
  • Moving Boxes In Various Sizes
  • Packing Tape
  • Markers
  • A Utility Knife

Helpful Additions:

  • A Dolly
  • U-Haul Trailer or Truck
  • Some strong friends
  • Towels for padding, as well as wiping things down
  • Cleaning supplies

Simple Packing Hacks

  • Wrap things that could break in tissue paper before packing.
  • Detach loose pieces, so they don't fall off during moving.
  • Take your ink cartridges out of your printer so they don't leak.
  • Make sure your computer files are backed up just in case it gets damaged.
  • Don't ever pack anything highly flammable, such as nail polish remover, matches, or paint.
  • Label EVERY box. Don't expect yourself to simply remember where you put everything.

What To Pack First When Moving

To put it simply: Pack the things you need the least first.

For example, if you're already storing things in a Storage Container for reasons unrelated to moving, pack up those items first (if you're moving to another city). Only you will be able to pick the items that fit the "non-essential" bill, but here are a few suggestions to get your wheels spinning:

  • Art/Decorations
  • DVDs, Books & other entertainment media that you won't need for the duration of the move.
  • Extras of anything (ex. towels, linens, office supplies)
  • Out of season clothing.

On a per box basis: Pack the biggest, heaviest items first, then the smaller items, and fill in the spaces with loosely crumpled packing paper.

Packing Clothes For Moving

  • Sort all the clothing to get rid of all irrelevant, outdated, outgrown, or worn out items.
  • Pre-Pack the clothes you know you won't need months in advance (i.e. Pack out of season clothes).
  • Group clothing by season, as well as by their purpose.
  • You probably have some suitcases lying around that you'll have to move anyway, so be sure to pack them up with clothes so you're not wasting any space.
  • Alternatively, leave all your clothes in your dressers and secure the drawers with stretch wraps.
  • Pack shoes, hats, and accessories separately from the clothes. That's so they don't get damaged or mixed up when moving.

Using Hangars When Moving

When it comes to moving hanging clothes, a Wardrobe Box is your new best friend. These boxes are tall & have a hanging rack on the top. That means you can literally grab everything hanging in your closet and transfer it directly to the packing box without any a headache. Plus when you're unpacking, the process is equally as easy.

Packing Books For Moving

  1. Use paper to line the bottom of the box.
  2. Put the books on their edges (opposite the spine) into the box.
  3. Use crumpled up paper to fill the spaces so the books don't move around.
  4. Close the box with packing tape.
  5. Label the box so you don't forget what's in it.

Packing Tips For Moving Long Distance

  • Padding is key: While you always want to make sure every item in every box is well cushioned, it's absolutely vital for long distance trips.
  • Get movers insurance.
  • Keep personal documents that you'll need with you (drivers license, social security card, passport, etc).
  • Pack your mattress in a box, so it doesn't get damaged.
  • Avoid packing food or liquid.
  • Label every box with your name, not just what's in it.
  • If you're moving into a condo/apartment, make sure you check that they don't have regulations against moving trucks (many do).