If you’re getting ready to move, you probably have an idea of the basic moving supplies you’ll need: boxes, tape and paper. However, we’ve compiled ten smart moving supplies you’ll want to add to make your move easier. These eco-friendly options will organize and protect your valuables for the big day.
Save time unpacking by labeling all moving boxes with the room they belong in. These color-coded, pre-printed labels make the task of sorting items (and finding them after the move) much easier.
If you prefer an all-in-one solution to organizing your moving boxes, this tape is sturdy enough to seal a lightweight box and label it for easier unpacking. The set shown is designed for a four-bedroom, two-bath home, but there’s also a two-bedroom, one-bath set for $16.
With Sortly, you can create a visual inventory of all of your possessions for a move by simply snapping pictures of the items with your smartphone. Share your list of items and their value with your movers, add detailed notes or instructions for items or boxes, or create moving checklists. You can sort your item inventory into boxes and create custom labels with QR scan codes that tell you which items are inside the box.
This collapsible cardboard divider can fit into a box, bin or bag and keeps fragile items apart safely. You can also pack drinking glasses, candles, vases, spillable liquids, ornaments and bottles to protect and sort quickly.
Brown paper tape is sturdy and easy to tear from the roll. The adhesive sticks to nearly any surface. Once you’ve sealed your boxes with it, you can also write on it for labeling purposes, making it one of the most versatile moving supplies.
This bubble wrap is an earth-friendly alternative to the standard kind. It’s biodegradable, so it doesn’t end up as part of the growing landfill problem.
For an alternative to bubble wrap, try this recyclable padded wrap. The honeycomb cuts in the brown paper add dimension and cushioning, while the dispenser lines the honeycomb paper with white tissue to protect your fragile items.
8. Moving Bin Rentals
Concerned about the sustainability of buying and disposing of cardboard boxes? Why not rent reusable plastic moving bins instead? You’ll save a few trees and protect your items in stackable, water-resistant bins of all shapes and sizes. There are several moving rental bin services across the country:
Bin It Crate Rentals (New York City, Philadelphia and Nashville areas)
Rent A Moving Box (Southern California and Chicago)
U-Haul Ready-To-Go Boxes (nationwide)
Work smarter, not harder! These straps use your forearms (plus a little leverage) to lift large or heavy items (up to 800 pounds) more easily. The straps encourage proper lifting and are great for moving the mattress out of the bedroom or loading the washer and dryer into the truck.
This compact and organized 17-piece tool kit has everything you need to disassemble (and reassemble) your IKEA furniture, as well as other furniture pieces. The bright orange caddy is easy to find in a room full of boxes and items.