So… You Say You’re Moving?

Published on 6/17/2021

So… You Say You’re Moving? 

Packing up and moving is never exactly fun.  But it doesn’t have to be a disaster.  Make you and your family’s move as seamless as possible with the following tips:


1.       Plan ahead.  Leaving things until the last minute can create a stressful situation and have you racing against deadlines that you otherwise wouldn’t have to.  Beginning to pack ahead of time, besides cutting down on stress, can allow you and your family to leisurely sort and cut back on as much clutter as you can so that when “move out day” arrives there is little mentally taxing organizing to do.  Planning ahead may also allow you to save boxes, which in turn saves on hidden moving costs. 


2.       Does it “spark joy”?  Speaking of cutting back on clutter, take some time to possibly make some hard choices and either sell, donate, or throw out the things that are not serving you or your family anymore.  Consider if you saw it in a store whether or not you’d buy it again.  Have you used it or thought about it in 3-6 months?  Does it make you smile when you look at it?  


3.       Don’t let something “get lost in the move”.  Create an inventory and document what items went in which box or tote, and then in what vehicle. 


4.       Be prepared.  Totes, boxes, tape, scissors, sharpies, zip-lock bags of different sizes, disinfectant wipes, garbage bags, bubble wrap and newspaper are all essential tools that can make packing easier and reduce those last minute trips to the store that may interrupt the time you have to move. 


5.       All the right tools.  Along with the basics, look at tools such as these that will make moving a breeze: 

  • A dish packing kit can take the uncertainty out of packing dishes. 
  • A folding board can be used to keep all your clothes neat, wrinkle-free, and to save as much space as possible. 
  • Protective gloves.
  • A moving dolly.
  • Rachet straps.
  • A moving blanket to absorb shock if putting items in a truck bed.


6.       Prep correctly.  Lining boxes with bubble wrap or newspaper can decrease the chance of possessions getting damaged.  Once the box is filled with items, line the top as well.  You’re aiming for the box to feel firm, and to be reasonably waterproof.  That way, if they’re in storage, a basement, the bed of a truck or a U-haul, they’re as protected as possible.    


7.       Keep that back in-tact.  Keeping lighter items in large boxes, and heavier items in smaller ones may reduce the chance of injuries.  In “catch all boxes”, heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. 


8.       Use garbage bags for items other than garbage as little as possible so that important items aren’t accidentally thrown out and so they’re kept in good condition. 


9.       Bubble-wrap electronics such as televisions and tablets, as well as fragile items such as vases and pictures. 


10.   Pack perishable items last so that they stay fresh, and keep them with you when possible. Consider ice packs and coolers for these items. 


11.   Pack valuables and essentials separately and keep them with you whenever possible.    


12.   Label, label, label.  No one wants to be opening boxes and totes to find out what’s in them to see where they go.  Label boxes and totes to make moving in a lot easier.  Go the extra mile and write “this end up” to keep items safe.   


13.   Rally the troops.  If you’re relying on friends and family, request their help in advance.  Similarly, rent U-hauls, cleaners, and movers if you need them early so that they will be available to you even in peak season.



We make it easy to move into storage units at our safe, tidy, and modern storage facility in St. Paul. Whether you are from Roseville, St Paul, Minneapolis, or anywhere in between in the Twin Cities, MN area, we have you covered for all your vehicle parking, document keeping, decluttering and storage needs.