Hey everyone! Today we have a great guest post from Madoline Hatter concerning something that we all have to do at some point or another: move. I know I’ve done it multiple times and I’m sure you have too, so what can you do to make it easier? Let’s let Madoline tell us.
Sometimes, we don’t have the money to buy all of the essentials when it comes time to move. We may become inventive when it comes to packing up our valuables such as wrapping dishes up in a large blanket to pack around. While this may be a method to transport your goods, there are better ways you can use that blanket of yours aside from slinging it over your shoulder full of coffee mugs.
1. Boxes – Many businesses will break down boxes and hold them in storage or put them in the recycling bin behind their establishment. Although you may want to get the permission of the business owner to loot the recycling bin, boxes of all kinds can be obtained for free. It’s not uncommon for those who are moving to hit up their local liquor stores for materials as a great deal of their shipments arrive in boxes that are simply going to be thrown in the trash or recycling bin. Grocery stores are another good outlet for free boxes that many people don’t realize.
2. Packing Material – Newspaper and clothing make great insulators. In the instance of clothing, you can separate fragile valuables with cloth and move two items at once. Many people will use blankets and towels to separate dishes. While you could use plastic bags you have accumulated over the years from your local grocery store, many of these need to be used for they are quite thin and fragile items can still clang together during the move. Socks can make great insulators for glasses, and shirts can separate plates from smashing into one another. Your home is full of useful soft methods to protect your goods.
3. Priority Mail – Many businesses have a stockpile of priority mail boxes in order to conduct business. Online eCommerce business owners usually have several stacks of these boxes for they are convenient when it comes time to ship. These boxes are free from the USPS whether you walk in and ask for some or simply order them online. Once you move to your new location, these boxes can easily be converted back to their product shipping methods. These kinds of boxes are not practical to load too large of items, but they can be useful to move the contents of a desk and the materials in your eCommerce store.
4. Drawers Galore – When containers are scarce, many individuals will utilize the very drawers of the appliances and furniture they are moving in order to store as much as they can. Drawers for desks and dressers are commonly stacked full of items from the location they originate from to maximize moving. Since you have to go through your items in your new home anyway, why not fill the near empty drawers with stuff that will fit? As these usually have shallow sides, there is a slim chance you will load it so full that you can’t lift it or break the bottom out of the frame.
The only thing you may have to buy for the moving process is tape. However, lightly filled boxes can be just as effective if you fold the edges correctly to provide a stable base in which to pack stuff. If you don’t have the money for boxes and materials, there are always alternatives. Keep an open mind and you can solve any moving need.
This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.