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While some people love unpacking and decorating a new home, we know that others hate the entire process. At Bandera, we’ve put together a list of tips to follow as you move. If you’re planning on moving to our townhomes for rent in Dallas, TX, refer to this guide to prepare for packing and moving! We can guarantee that the process will be a whole lot easier.

Visit Your Local Liquor Store and Newspaper Stands

We don’t mean for a bottle to sip on while you pack. We mean for boxes and paper, because you’ll need plenty for packing. Liquor stores get inventory shipments every day, which means they always have cardboard boxes that they’re throwing out. Sometimes you can find them near the dumpster, but you can always head inside and ask for the worker’s help. They will be happy to get rid of them! Then, find a free newspaper stand and stock up on paper. If there isn’t a free one or you want to avoid printed ink that smears, you can order 200 sheets of blank packing paper from U-Haul.

Purge Items

Before you start packing up to come home to Bandera, you need to do some purging. Don’t make the moving process harder on yourself by taking items with you that you never use. It’s okay – we all have junk. Go through your closet and part with any pieces you haven’t worn in the last six months. Donate any decorations that you’re tired of. Visit the kitchen to get rid of any pots, pans, dishes, etc. that you have extra of. Homeless shelters and thrift stores will be grateful for your donations!

Pack an “Essentials” Bag/Box

This is just like packing for an overnight trip, but one step further. First, pack a bag full of whatever you normally need for an overnight stay. Then, fill a box full of items that you think you’ll need for the first day and night in an empty apartment. This could be paper plates and utensils, tools, bottled water, extension cords, cleaning supplies, and more.

Use Plastic Totes for Breakables and Heavier Items

If the liquor store didn’t have as many boxes as you wanted, don’t worry. Use plastic totes to pack heavy items like dishes, books, and any other important pieces that you don’t want to fall out of the box. Stores like Big Lots have great deals on plastic storage items that come in a variety of sizes. They won’t be a waste of money because you can use them later to store clothes and shoes that are not in season.

Use Household Items for Packing

  • Towels, blankets, clothes, dishcloths, sheets, etc. work great as extra padding when packing breakable items. This will cut down the amount of packing paper or newspaper that you’ll use.
  • Fill up your duffle bags, backpacks, luggage and anything else that functions as a carrier with things you need to pack! If something has wheels and you can stuff it full, your trips become even easier.
  • Use Ziploc baggies, trash bags, and plastic bags to keep like items together. Large Ziplocs are great for silverware, jewelry, cosmetics, toiletries, remotes, and more. Trash bags are perfect for stuffing clothes and shoes in. Plastic bags (from Walmart, i.e.) work well for DVDs, spices, and cleaning products.

Use these tips to make moving to our townhomes for rent in Dallas, TX a breeze. Future you will thank you! Contact Bandera below for more information and tricks.

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