Moving is overwhelming. There is just no way around that! However there are some strategies for making the whole process easier. And since we recently moved into a new house – I thought I’d share a few thoughts with those of you that may be in the middle of the moving process now. So here are 10 tips for moving! Both getting ready to sell your house, and the cleaning of your new home, brought to you by a partnership with Walmart.
First let’s start with a few tips for selling the old house. After all, for most people you have to complete this step before you can buy a new one!
1. Make sure that your house is in tip top shape every time someone comes to see it! Tips for keeping it Clean:
- You will want to be sure your towels are hung up, clean and sweet smelling. And that the restroom has new clean toilet paper rolls stocked.
- Right before you leave the house give the floor a quick swiffer® to get them shining!
- Wipe down all surfaces, and stainless steel hardware so no fingerprints or smears are showing!
- Don’t forget that buyers aren’t just visual! While you don’t want an overwhelming smell when they open your door, you do want them to get the impression that this is a well cared for house, and that it’s clean.
As you leave the house for the showing, give the entryway a quick spray of a clean smell. It will be the first impression buyers have when your door opens! I love the Unstopables™ (Fresh Scent) Brand for this purpose. Doesn’t smell too heavy, and completely mimics a freshly cleaned house smell! And that, tells potential buyers this is a home that’s been taken care of!
2. You still need to live your life, while keeping your house neat and tidy. Consider putting cleaning essentials into pretty containers, to keep them easily within reach, but attractive to buyers! For instance – what about Detergent pods in Glass apothecary jars? Tide ® PODS ® Laundry Detergent – Original Scent 42 count are a great choice, because they dissolve in any temperature water and work in any washing machine. That means they can easily transition from the washing machine at your old house, to the new one.
Another way to keep the house clean an tidy, yet livable? Take clutter off upper restroom and wash room shelves, and replace with supplies like Paper Towels. They look clean and attractive, and also keep what you need with in reach. I recommend Bounty ® Select-a- Size 12 Super Rolls. 2x more absorbent, so you can use less!
3. Don’t “Pack” things that are already where you want them! Use heavy duty plastic wrap to keep contents of drawers, food utensil trays, and other items already loose in a container in place! No need to pack and then unpack them later, just unwrap and pop back into drawers!
4. No Need to buy expensive packing supplies. Use those same rolls of Bounty® to pack dishes! But rather than layering a paper towel, then a dish, a paper towel, and then a dish…. Use one continuous length of paper towel weaving in and out of your dishes! This protects the edges too! Bonus – you can use your paper towels to clean your new place once they are unpacked. So no waste!
5. As you pack, make yourself an “Open First” box. It will have first night in the new house essentials. Include paper plates, bedding, a take out food menu from a nearby restaurant, and perhaps coffee and two mugs for the next morning. You will also need to remember to pack toilet paper! Charmin ® Ultra Strong – 24 Double Roll Bonus Pack is great because it’s 4X more absorbent and has a wash cloth like texture, so you can use less. And that means a couple rolls will be plenty for your first night box! Also – don’t forget to pack your child’s special lovey or anything else they need to sleep the first night!
6. Speaking of Toilet paper, not only will you want it ready for move in, you will want to save the empty rolls for your move! They make great jewelry holders! Snap in bracelets and necklaces through the tube and they won’t tangle in transit!
7. Use uniquely colored Duck Tape to show movers what rooms things belong in! We bought rolls that had colors and labels on them – but that’s not necessary! Just choose a specific color for each room in the new house, and let movers know! Pink tape? Goes to the kids room! Red tape? Goes to the living room etc! It will save you answering constant questions about where boxes go.
8. Don’t move Furniture into your new house until you have cleaned what it’s going on top of. Be sure to tackle shelves, the refrigerator, and Swiffer® the floors before placing large items especially. They will be hard to move later – so take the time to clean first! It will save your sanity. I used the Swiffer ® WetJet Mop – Starter Kit, and it took very dusty floors and turned them into pure shine. I also like how the pads pick up dirt, rather than just pushing it around like an older style mop.
9. Take a Photo of the Back of your TV, computer, or any other electronics you have. That way you will be able to easily see which wires connect to what areas – without having to find the original set up directions. Just check the photo to see which color wires go where!
10. Change all the Locks in the new house! You will likely have given access to your new house to a myriad of people as you moved out of the old house into the new digs. Cable providers, electric company, moving company and the old owners have all had access to the old locks at this point. Change them – and have peace of mind that only you have the new keys!
You can get all your moving essentials at your local Walmart or Walmart.com. Don’t be caught without the things you need to make selling a moving a breeze. Because although moving can be a stressful time, quality brands like Bounty® , Swiffer® , Tide® , Unstopables™and Charmin® can help make your move clean and simple!
This is a sponsored post by Walmart. All opinions are my own.