Packing for your move can be stressful and overwhelming. You might not even know where to start. There are, however, some tips and tricks that can get your move moving a little more smoothly. Basically: if you see a chance to make things easier for yourself, take it! Here are some of our favorite packing tips for moving into your new apartment.

Text by Linda Hunt

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Have the stuff you need before you need it.

It’s a good idea to stock up on the essentials so there’s no running to the store in the middle of packing. You’ll need boxes and packing tape for most items. But it’s also a good idea to buy some bubble wrap to protect your breakable items. If you forget the bubble wrap, you can use towels, blankets, and pillows to improvise.

Purge before you pack.

If you donate items you don’t need anymore, you can cut back on the amount of stuff you have to pack and unpack. The Marie Kondo method of tidying up is a great place to start. Then, you can take your unwanted items to your local Goodwill. If you have enough time before your move, you can try and sell some of your stuff. You can sell online at places like Facebook Marketplace or the letgo app. You could also have a garage sale.

Keep everything organized.

If you pack your stuff by room, it will make the unpacking process easier. Keep stuff from the same room in the same boxes. Then you can get labels for these boxes so you know where to put them without opening them.

The items you’ll need first should be the last ones you pack.

Once you get to your new home, you don’t want to go searching through boxes for essential items. Pack items like toiletries, blankets, and pillows at the top of boxes or in separate special boxes. This way, you won’t be in a rush to get your stuff unpacked and organized.

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Don’t create more work for yourself.

Keep all your clothes folded and move them in your luggage. That way, you don’t have to fold them again and you aren’t wasting luggage space. If you have clothes on hangers, leave them on and put them in garment hanging bags so you can hang them up at your new place. This cuts down on the unpacking time.