A quick search for “Moving Essentials” yields more than 22 million results. But what’s really necessary to survive a move? If it’s been a while since your last move, here is some advice from my recent move this year. From packing supplies to transportation, I’ve put together a list of the five must-have moving essentials to help make your move as smooth as possible.
1. Moving checklist: Use a checklist to organize and plan your move. Include a list of things you’ll need for the move and a timeline to set goals and keep track of progress. Include important contacts and key dates and keep several copies available so that you can easily access this information during the move. Your checklist will serve as a running to-do list and reminder of things you need to accomplish before the big day. Plus it feels really great when you start crossing things off the list. Sometimes I need to see small progress so I’m not overwhelmed by the larger project.
2. Recycling and donation boxes: Don’t forget to pick up a few extra boxes to pack items that you want to recycle or donate. Moving is an ideal time to sort through things you haven’t used in a while, and consolidate belongings before moving into your new place. Even large items, like mattresses, can be recycled. Mattress Firm currently partners with Sleep, Inc. to keep mattresses out of landfills – approximately 60,000 mattresses a year are ground or shredded and repurposed for other industries.
3. Packing supplies: Stock up on supplies for packing, including packaging for your larger items like TVs, sofas and mattresses. For added convenience, seal boxes with colored duct tape to color code the room in which they belong. Even simple household items can be used for packing – for example, use sandwich bags to pack nails, screws and other small items.
4. Transportation: Whether you choose to hire a moving service, or rent a truck and move on your own, determine your method of transportation with plenty of time before moving day to avoid any major moving fails (moving a mattress by yourself is often easier said than done). The summer months are especially busy, so secure a moving company or rent a truck well in advance to avoid paying premium prices or having to push back your move date. If you decide to rent a trailer and haul it yourself, be sure you have the right towing package and necessary wires.
About The Author
Sunni Goodman As senior vice president of communications for Mattress Firm and mother to two beautiful children, Sunni Goodman shares her thoughts here on The Daily Doze on all things sleep and parenting, especially the disconnect between the two. Mattress Firm is both literally and figuratively a family for Sunni, having worked alongside her sister who recruited her to work for Mattress Firm in 2007, and her husband who she met her first day on the job. In addition to her love for chocolate and dancing, Sunni’s heart lies in sharing the Mattress Firm story. She provides strategic direction on Mattress Firm’s internal and external communications plans and lends her passion for serving her community to the Ticket to Dream Foundation, which supports the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, and raises funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. In 2010, Sunni received the company’s Growth Award, which recognizes individuals who have lead efforts to advance sustainable and profitable growth in the company, and have developed and evolved personally and professionally. She is a proud alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was a setter for the Ladyjacks volleyball team. Sunni lives in Ft. Worth with her husband Jason, son Ruxin and daughter Remy. Best Night’s Sleep: While Sunni escapes every night to her dreamy adjustable base bed – complete with massage function – when she has the chance to take a nap, you can find her on her creaky, lumpy couch. And if you ask her the key to having sweet dreams, she’ll tell you it’s hearing “I love you,” from Jason, Ruxin and Remy before drifting off to sleep.