A great move starts with a great plan. Make a moving checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a smooth movement. Moving from one home to another indicates a new beginning, so it is important to plan and pack well for a smooth and successful transition. Follow our checklist, brought to you by 3M, for tips for doing just that! Get rid of your house When you’re getting ready to sell your house, or even move out of your rent, you need to clean up and start organizing your stuff. Everyone has things they no longer need that often end up in an unwanted staircase, attic, or garage. If you haven’t used something for years, and you don’t have plans to do so, it’s time to get rid of it, your house has a lot of things you don’t need anymore. Before you pack up, in fact, moving is the perfect time to organize your home, so a new place has nothing but the elements that will make it your home. So, get three chests and select them, ‘Keep’, ‘Toss’ and ‘Donate.’ You can add a fourth box and mark it, “Sell”, if you have time to sell in a yard or want to sell some items online, and the goal is to get rid of everything you don’t need – that way, you’ll have less to pack, less to move, and less to unpack in the new place. Best of all, your donated and sold items can bring joy to someone else’s home! Everyone needs basic moving supplies: boxes, pillowcases and duct tape. And it’s better to have more than you think you’ll need. (© 3M) 2. Unless you’re very simple and can pack everything in a bag, you’ll need some moving supplies. In fact, you’ll likely need more supplies than you can imagine! Home Depot sells all 3M brands that help make your move easier. But whether you’re an honest – someone who carefully manages the contents of their home and tends to live with less – or a collector – someone who adds more to their home as the days, months, and years go by – everyone needs the basics. Boxes, pillow case (for delicate items) and masking tape are essential items for your checklist, however, don’t take risks and make blind estimates! No one wants to find out, in the middle of the process, that there aren’t enough boxes. The Scotch Brand Transfer Supply Calculator takes the guesswork out. Simply select your home’s size, number of bedrooms, and living style, and add a few extra details to see what supplies – and how much – you’ll need. Take it easy – Pack rooms little by little, one day at a time (© Pixel-Shot, Adobe Stock Photos) 3. Get ready for Box Let’s face it, everyone wants to move into a new home, but no one enjoys packing boxes so they can Leaving their old house, here a little prep work goes a long way, if you’re very busy with work etc. Commitments, and the need for motivation to fill in some boxes, that’s a trick. Put moving boxes in every room of your house as a reminder to fill them up, little by little, every day. But don’t put the boxes on the wall or in the closet – they will be easy to ignore. Place them right on the floor, in front of bookshelves, cabinets, and drawers, and then you’ll have the motivation to pack things up just to get them out of the way! While you’re packing things room by room, take this opportunity to fix them. Nail holes and repair any damage to the walls. This is easy with the 3M high strength small puncture repair with all-in-one rod tool. The kit comes with a putty knife, primer-enhancing cube, and sanding pad. Finally, touch up the paint and clean and sterilize everything before packing it to move it around. 4. Clean everything up: moving is a long and exhausting process. To save yourself some stress, reduce the work you have to do after arriving at the new location. To do this, add Clean Everything to your animated checklist. Before you start collecting books or bundle your talents, first clean them up. Run a feather duster over picture frames, miniatures, and trophies. Wipe every hardcover – from top to bottom – from the bookshelves. Use Scotch-Brite Reusable Wipes for more effective cleaning with less elbow grease. They are more durable than paper towels and are machine washable. Best of all, you can rinse and reuse these wipes up to 10 times, which increases the cost of your home. Do the same for lights, appliances, and media, making sure computers, printers, and peripherals are free of dust and dirt before they enter the moving truck. On the studs, try dipping a toothpick in rubbing alcohol and gently rubbing it around those tight spaces. Once you’ve cleaned out the little things, turn your attention toward the big things, especially upholstered furniture and mattresses. Run a vacuum cleaner brush attachment over it to absorb dust that may affect indoor air quality in your new home, then install the seams of your moveable boxes and tape perpendicular to the seam for additional support. Then fill the boxes completely so they are stackable and won’t fall apart. Pack your moving boxes There’s one last thing to add to your moving checklist, and the most important of them all: bundles! Scotch transfer boxes are easy to assemble and sturdy, when used properly. Simply follow the box directions and seal the seam at the bottom with Scotch Box Lock packing tape. Then glue the box perpendicular to the seam for additional support, and remember that the movement is not the time to take chances. That’s why it’s important to use Scotch Box Lock Packaging Tape, which sticks instantly to any box, including hard-to-stick boxes, and is 100% recycled. In fact, it’s guaranteed to stay closed with a single strip of tape – you won’t. Need more layers. It has maximum holding power to ensure that the bins remain securely closed, even during rough handling. Plan your boxing strategy wisely, keeping in mind the contents and weight of each box. For example, hardcover books are heavy, so put them in small boxes to prevent back strain. Keep big boxes for small items (like stuffed toys) that take up a lot of space but aren’t a pain to pick up. Also, wrap valuables and delicate items, such as dishes, with Scotch pillowcase. It is safer than old newspapers and will not leave fingerprints on your items. As for the dishes? Place them vertically, like vinyl cylinders, rather than horizontally, bins work best when they are stackable, so fill them completely to prevent unraveling. And right after you fill and seal each box, grab a permanent marker and write down the name of the room the items should go into, and finally, pack one last box—it will contain everything you need as soon as you arrive in your new home. This includes coffee cups, snacks, toiletries and cleaning supplies. You won’t want to search for these when you arrive, put these essentials last and get them once you reach your destination. Scotch-Brite Heavy-Duty Foams hang frivolously from your new home appliances, so they sparkle. Last, but not least… When you finally move to your new place, there’s still plenty to do after you’ve unpacked. And you don’t want to miss a single step because addressing these home improvements now means you won’t have to think about them later. (Plus, your house will sparkle for a housewarming party!) First, deep clean your new home with Scotch-Brite Exfoliating Sponges. Using a mixture of soap and water with this sturdy sponge will remove lingering dirt — and memories — left over from previous homeowners, then it’s time to personalize your new home. First, cover the trim with Scotch painter’s tape (on a blue roll) and give the walls a fresh coat of paint to reflect your personal style. Feeling creative? Block some shapes and patterns with painter’s tape for a designer look. Command Picture Hanging Tapes contain artistic display solutions for fixtures up to 16 lbs. (© 3M) Next, decorate your new home, undamaged, with Command Picture Hanging Strips. Regardless of the type of frame, there is a hanging solution for it that does not leave holes, marks or sticky residue on the wall. Finally, organize your home with clean storage solutions. It’s easy when you use Command’s Broom Gripper, a damage-free, self-adhesive storage solution for getting brooms off the closet floor. Then, get bottles of cleaning products off the closet floors—and save that space for baskets and other items—with Command’s airbrush bottle hanger. Use Command Wire Hooks to Free up Shelf Space in Your Cabinets Need more storage space in your kitchen cabinets? Command Wire hooks hold up to 2 pounds—perfect for plastic bags of ingredients and anything else you need to keep nearby for cooking, and you can thread tangled wires between computer desks, appliances, and entertainment centers with Command Wire bundles. It sticks to paint, wood, and tile, among other surfaces, and doesn’t leave holes, marks, sticky residue, or stains! Now, thanks to the convenience of 3M products, your checklist is complete. So, all you have to do is prepare for a smooth movement.