When it comes to moving in Charleston and the rest of the Lowcountry, using a portable storage container is one of the best, most flexible ways to do so.
With any kind of move, however, people are always finding great new ways and tricks that will help make the move go even more smoothly.
Here are 8 quick moving & packing hacks we’ve picked up on over the years that will help make moving with your mobile storage unit a snap.
Lighten your load by trimming down your moving list. One great way to do this is to create a donation box for items that can be reused again. You can donate these items to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Have a lot of perishable or frozen foods to use up? Plan meals containing these foods in the days leading up to your move. This keeps you from throwing out good food and you won’t have to worry about packing/moving these items into your portable storage container.
Many moving & storage companies may offer professional moving boxes for you, but another option would be to ask local grocery stores or retailers to see if they have any leftovers you can take off their hands.
Have a complicated home theater or audio system setup in your old home? Take a few snapshots of the cabling connections in the back of your TV or audio amplifier/source. This way, when you get settled into your new home, you’ll know where everything will plug into and you can enjoy some well needed rest & relaxation (see #8 below) in front of your favorite TV shows.
Avoid a tangled mess of wires when you unpack by using a paper towel roll to organize each wire. String wires through the middle and wrap the rest around it and you won’t spend hours pulling apart wires after you get to your new location.
Using a box cutter, carefully cut small triangles in the side of your moving boxes, with the triangle pointing to the bottom of the box. The long side of the triangle will give you the extra grip you need, especially for heavy boxes.
Just like you would pack for a short weekend trip to visit relatives or a business trip, pack an overnight bag with toiletries, a few changes of clothes and any medication you would need close by. This way you won’t have to sift through all of your boxes to track down these essential items.
Moving can definitely be stressful, especially if you have a lot of stuff to unpack. If you find yourself overwhelmed or fatigued, be sure to take breaks, whether planned or unplanned.
Remember, if you’re using a mobile storage container for your move, you can take your time unpacking, allowing you to relieve some of the pressure and hassle that can sometimes come with other, more traditional moving experiences.