Your Complete Guide To Moving Boxes

Packing is one of the most integral parts of moving, and doing it wrong can not only make the process before the big day incredibly difficult, but can lead to lingering distress over unnecessary unpacking and even broken or damaged items following your move. Packing your things correctly is the best way to feel prepared—it’s making sure your tie is tight before the big meeting, it’s fueling up with a full tank of gas before the road trip; it’s…not always intuitive. You can get moving boxes pretty easily, but rarely do they come with instructions. So what boxes should you use for what? How can you pack most effectively? What can you do to ensure your most prized (and fragile possessions) are safe?

Elite Moving and Storage has 15+ years experience in the industry, so we’ve packed our fair share of boxes, carried them too, so here’s our complete guide to the types of moving boxes.


Small boxes

Small boxes aren’t quite as easy to find as medium or large boxes—they’re often left out of moving box packages—but that doesn’t make them any less important. They’re also often called “book boxes” for a reason. They’re ideal for packing small heavy items like books, CD’s, canned goods, records, tools, videos, small appliances, toiletries, or kitchen items. They are also used for holding things that might get lost in a bigger box, things that might tangle or snag if unconfined, or sets that you want to keep together. Flatware, tools, wire and cords, jewelry, toiletries, or precious knick-knacks go great in boxes of this size, but make sure you label them with exactly what’s inside so you don’t end up with a thousand little boxes full of mystery miscellany.


Medium Boxes

These will often be included with your moving packages. They’re great for packing most of the belongings you’ll be moving. Easily fit small kitchen items, linens, toys, clothes, small decor pieces, and much more into medium moving boxes.

Of course, even though these are perhaps ideal for packing some heavier items, it’s easy to overpack them. Make sure you keep in mind that you or a mover will have to pick this up and lug it to a truck. If that feels impossible or, at least, impossible without sustaining some sort of trauma to your back, maybe rethink your packing strategy. Balance heavy boxes by filling the remainder with light items like pillows, sheets, or light clothing.


Large boxes

Large boxes are great for strangely shaped items like appliances, toys, pots, pans, or decorative tchotchkes. Even more so than with medium boxes, you’ll want to be careful with the weight of these boxes as they’re easy to overpack. Unless you’re Mr. Incredible (or have him on speed dial) it’s likely that you won’t be able to move all your kitchenware in the same box, so be strategic about what you put together.


Extra large boxes

Because the size of these already makes these awkward to carry, it’s recommended that you keep these as light as possible. Reserve your extra large boxes for large, awkwardly shaped items—especially those such as lamps or vases that may need extra protection. The room in the box should give you the space necessary to ensure that everything is packaged and padded to perfection so you don’t break a single item in the transition.


Corrugated Boxes

Corrugated boxes, unlike regular cardboard boxes, are specifically designed to prevent fragile items from breaking. While typical boxes are made of thick paper stock or heavy paper-pulp, corrugated cardboard is made from multiple layers of material including an inside liner, outside liner, and a fluted medium that goes between the two for extra cushioning and support. Similar to how the shocks of a bicycle absorb the impact of rough roads and bumps, these boxes are made to keep your breakable items from feeling the full effect of the moving process. The containers also protect from other potential dangers in shipping such as water damage and temperature changes.


Specialty Boxes


Though certainly not something for the average mover, crates are a viable option for especially important or valuable items such as rare pieces of art or sculpture. These are often custom made for your specific valuables, so an outside vendor would likely be involved. But for most people looking to move, getting this kind of specialty protection is not worth the time or money. Boxes picked up at a UPS or even bought in easy, pre-packaged plans from moving companies like Elite Moving and Storage, provide plenty of protection at a fraction of the cost.


Wardrobe Boxes

A Wardrobe box is essentially a cardboard closet. Fitted with a bar for hangers, these work best for nice clothes that can’t simply be folded and packed up, or clothes that you want easy access to in your new home. Because your clothes go in already on the hanger, they make it easy to transfer your clothes to a new home, but they’re also very large which makes them difficult and awkward to carry. Prioritize clothing that is particularly important or would be particularly difficult to pack such as wedding dresses or gowns, delicate or easily tearable items, or garments made of expensive materials likely to wrinkle or fray easily.


Picture/Mirror Boxes And Poster Tubes

Picture boxes and poster tubes are pretty self-explanatory when it comes to expected contents. However, it should be noted that these containers are often best loaded in last; although the containers are designed to provide optimal protection to their cargo, they are still at risk of damage from collisions with surrounding boxes full of heavier cargo.


Mattress Boxes

A mattress, while not particularly fragile, is something you really want to keep protected. No one wants to wake up on their first day in their new home smelling like the back of a moving truck. Mattress boxes and bags are engineered especially to protect mattresses from dirt and debris as well as water damage and mildew.

If absolutely necessary, you can cover your mattress with fitted sheets for the move and pop them into the washing machine when you arrive at your new home, but a container specifically designed for mattress protection is ideal.


Dish Pack Box

These boxes, created with customisable inserts to fit the quantity and shape of your dishes, are ideal for keeping fragile dishware safe. Although other types of boxes are great for protecting fragile items from outside forces, these boxes also ensure dishes don’t crash and break against each other, keeping each item (or a few items) snug and secure in their own little compartments.


Lamp Box

These tall thin boxes are ideal for floor lamps and any tall items. Make sure the lamp is wrapped in packing paper or furniture pads and the cord is placed outside of lamp to eliminate any scratching


Other Helpful Packing Tools

Aluminium Hand Truck

Collapsible dollies like this one available from Elite Moving and Storage may look small and inefficient, but they’re stronger than they appear. With a 600 lb. capacity, they are the ultimate moving tool: lightweight aluminum, rugged and easy-to-handle, and ideal for transporting heavy loads up and down steps and curbs. You won’t want to try your move without it.


Edge Protectors

Use these cheap customisable cardboard protectors to keep your furniture, art, or other valuable items safe during your move. Corner furniture protectors provide a great cost effective way to secure valuable shipments and avoid costly damages.


Elite Has You Covered

Elite has nearly two decades of experience with packing and moving, and we’ve used that knowledge to help you get your moving boxes, supplies, and movers all in one place.

Shop Elite for pre-designed box packages, available for 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, or just order your own medium and large boxes with additional specialty boxes like lamp boxes, dishware boxes, and more.

Visit today to purchase moving materials, to get a free virtual quote on your move, or to learn more about how else Elite Moving and Storage can support your move.


What to Pack in Your Car for a Cross Country Move

Cross-country moves can be difficult. However, they can also create fun memories! Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth move. Proper car packing is not just about maximizing the space in your vehicle. It’s about making the right decision about which items to go into the car versus into the moving truck. That’s why we put together a list of some essential things to pack in your car for your cross-country move.


Organize your belongings – Set aside all the items you intend to transport in your car. Items you should bring with you in your own vehicle include valuables like jewelry and special mementos, important documents, essentials boxes, and small electronics. Make sure you save enough space for your pets and their carrying cases.

Extra clothes (and masks!) – Set aside a few changes of clothes. Whether you arrive before your moving truck, you need another layer, or your travel outfit gets dirty, you’ll want extra clothes on hand. It is especially important to pack extra undergarments, socks, t-shirts, jeans, pajamas and a jacket. Don’t forget your mask and bring several extras in the car in case it gets dirty or someone leaves one behind.

Bathroom packBe sure to include the essentials to wash off that “hours in a car” feel. Pack a small bag of bathroom essentials including, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash and lotion

Pillows & blankets for napping – Driving cross-country takes a long time. It’s likely your passengers will want to take naps during the drive. Get a few pillows and light blankets so they can sleep as comfortably as possible. If you have children, you’ll want them to each have their own blankets.

Road trip snacks & music – No road trip is complete without quality road-trip snacks and good music. Don’t forget the basics on an already stressful day by being sure to bring snacks and plenty of water + hydrating drinks. Entertain yourself and your passengers with audiobooks and music. Create playlists and download tunes, stories and podcasts ahead of time.

Use bags for packing – Use duffle bags or plastic bags for packing things in your car. Bags are flexible and don’t take a lot of space. Bags are ideal for packing bedding and clothes. Consider using vacuum bags to pack clothes and bedding in your vehicle. Vacuum bags shrink based on the volume of items saving more space for additional items. Cardboard boxes are useful for arranging items and stacking up in the moving trucks, but they take up a lot of space in a car. If you have to use a box to carry any items, use small manageable boxes.

Small tool kit – When you get to your new home you won’t be getting started on major fixes right away any small or annoying bits will be able to be taken care of right away when you include this in your essentials bag.

First aid kit – Along with traditional first aid kit supplies, make sure you include a small pair of scissors, tweezers, alcohol pads and extra bandages.

Car emergency kit – Roadside emergencies happen when you least expect them. Be prepared by packing the following items in your trunk: flashlight, gloves, spare tire and lift kit, roadside flares and folding shovel.

Be safe – It is always essential that you have a clear, unobstructed view out of all of your car windows and that you can safely operate your vehicle without items shifting or sliding.


Packing the essential items on this list in your car is a great way to start your cross-country move on the right foot. Elite Moving & Storage will help you plan your move, transport your belongings, support you along the way, answer any questions and help ease your concerns. Contact us today!

How to Pack Artwork for Moving

The framed art pieces must be one of the things that makes your house feel like a home. . Precious framed pictures around your house tell all kinds of stories and bring back memories of special occasions from the past. If you happen to be an art lover and the day to move your house has come, you will definitely need to take special care of the important artworks that give character to your home. For some people, ensuring that valuable pieces arrive intact is just as important as moving all the other furniture.

Elite Moving & Storage has moving supplies specifically designed to protect framed decorations. Specifically, the Mirror & Picture Boxes along with packing paper or bubble wrap is everything you need to ensure your mirrors, artwork, pictures and other framed items, aren’t damaged while you move to your new home. Follow these easy tips for packing artwork and wall hangings for safe transport during a move.

Use the right supplies – Get appropriately sized boxes. For large pieces, especially mirrors, the optimal choice is a box specially made for wall art in a size and shape that will provide a secure fit. We offer boxes in a variety of sizes, including ones designed for art and mirrors. If you are packing smaller pieces, like family photos, pack them together with others of similar sizes. Pack all small picture frames together in a small box and fill in gaps with bubble wrap or packing paper to prevent shifting. Get the proper packing supplies: bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape. Your most fragile wall art, especially mirrors, should be wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure its best possible safety for transport. Always use packing paper instead of an alternative like newspaper because the ink can rub off onto your artwork, and always use packing tape instead of duct tape because packing tape is easier to remove and won’t leave behind a residue.

Wrap them carefullyFirst, prepare the artwork by taping the glass surface with painter’s tape, if applicable. Make a large “X” shape from corner to corner across the glass. Then, add a piece of tape to each side around the border of the glass. This way, if the glass breaks during your move, the painter’s tape will prevent it from shattering and damaging the art. Next, cover your artwork with a layer of protective cardboard. Cut two equally-sized pieces of cardboard a little larger than the surface area of the frame or canvas. Position the art between the two sections of cardboard. Tape these cardboard pieces together to keep them in place, being careful not to get tape on the frame. If the painting is on canvas without a glass covering, we suggest using a sheet of acid-free glassine between the art and the cardboard to prevent damage. Next, you should wrap this entire bundle in a thick layer of bubble wrap. Avoid leaving any part of your artwork exposed. Secure the bubble wrap with packing tape to prevent it from coming undone in transport. After you finish wrapping the piece, place it in a heavy-duty moving box and fill any extra space in the box with packing paper. This step will keep the frame from sliding around during the move. All of your items should be wrapped separately, even small pieces, to make sure nothing rubs together and is secure as possible.

Label it properly – Once it’s packed and ready to go, don’t forget to label each box. It’s important that your movers and anyone else who will be handling the item know that what’s in it is fragile. Although movers are careful no matter what you label a moving box, this will let them know that the item they’re moving is delicate and requires extra attention. Make it very clear by labeling the box with the word “FRAGILE” in a large, clear manner on both sides. Also make sure that nothing is put on top of the box your artwork is in, which could crush the box and damage the art inside.

Moving is a hard-enough process by itself, but it’s even more time-consuming and nerve-racking to move artwork and paintings that have an important meaning to you. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you’ll be able to efficiently pack up your artwork and prevent it from getting damaged while being transported to your new home. If you’re looking for affordable moving services, fill out the quote form or call us during business hours for a free moving quote.

How to Pack Books When Moving

For book lovers, packing up to move to a new home can be especially challenging, since books are among the heaviest items. While it’s important to purge and get rid of what you don’t need before you move into your new place, books can sometimes be a little trickier to assess whether they stay or go. Whether it’s one shelf full or an entire library, books need to be carefully packed to stay protected. When packing them, consider their weight and distribute them so you can easily carry the boxes.


Assess your books

It is best to go through all of your books before you move and figure what you should pass along to a friend, place in storage, donate and/or get rid of. It can be tempting to hold onto every book in your collection, but donating them is a great idea to give back to a local charity or school, or you can also give them to a friend who you think would love the book just as much as you did.

You could also have a yard sale (season and weather permitting). Yard sales are a great way to earn a little extra money before you move, and get rid of a lot of the things you don’t need in your new home.

Go through your books, start early, and take your time: you don’t want to rush your decision.


Pack your books early

Books take a long time to pack, mainly because it involves multiple boxes, careful placement, and the occasional reading break. One of the easiest mistakes to make when packing books is packing boxes too full. Books are heavy, and their bulk adds up quickly. The best way to pack books for moving is to use small boxes that will keep the weight below 40 lbs. This will make your books easier – and safer – to move.


Make sure boxes are strong enough

The boxes you get should be small and made of thick cardboard, very strong on the sides and corners. While we love to reuse boxes where we can, you don’t want to use a book box that looks like it’s seen better days. When you’ve made certain the box will be strong enough for books, add extra tape to the bottom where the seam is formed. This adds some extra sealing power, and protects your books from any liquid or dirt.

Finally, line all your book boxes with a couple layers of packing paper. This adds a bit of extra cushioning and it’s just one more way to protect your books. If you have any space in between your books, consider filling them with small dish towels, shirts, underwear, and/or socks for padding.

Don’t forget to label your boxes. It’s really important to do it so your movers know exactly where your boxes should go when you finally get into your new house. And since these boxes will be super heavy, labeling them as books will ensure that they won’t be placed on top of anything that mark as fragile.


Tips for Hardcover books

Place them in the box standing upright, spine against the box’s side, just like you were placing it on a shelf. If you pack them this way, make sure they’re packed well, but not so tightly that they might be damaged when removing them from the box. If you’re packing valuable editions, wrap those in packing paper or use cardboard slotted between volumes to protect their covers and to keep them from shifting during transport.


Tips for Paperback books

Place them flat or spine first so that their paper edges face upwards. Don’t pack them so the edges of the pages face down or they’ll bend and warp. If you leave the boxes this way long term, they’ll be permanently damaged. Fill empty spaces with wadded-up paper to help limit any shifting in the box. You want to keep the books from falling onto their sides or bending.


Packing can be overwhelming. Did you know that we offer packing services as well as supplies? Elite Moving has everything from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. Call us for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

How to Protect Your Electronics During Your Winter Move

Not all of your belongings are a match for winter’s mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Your electronics need special treatment during the cold days. If you are planning to move during the winter, remember that taking extra time to pack your electronics will help prevent any damage due to the weather.

Electronic devices are sensitive and operate best within specific temperature ranges. Extreme temperature changes can cause condensation build up on the high tech circuitry of your consumer electronic items such as computers, laptops, DVD players, TVs, stereos, etc.

To ensure that your possession arrive at your new home intact, whatever the weather, take precautions and remain aware of the items’ temperature during transportation.


    • Try to make your loading time as short as possible so your belongings move from your warm home into the protection of a truck quickly. You can expedite this process with the help of professional and reliable movers.
    • Read the owner’s manual for specifications on proper operating temperatures, the amount of time to wait to turn it on after plugging in, as well as ideal storage temperatures. This is helpful in case you plan on storing your belongings in an offsite or self-storage unit as well. It may be a good idea to opt for a climate-controlled unit to reduce the possibility of moisture buildup due to humidity or rapidly changing temperatures. Some phones and tablets operate best at temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while other devices operate at temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Unplug all your electronics as early as the day before or at least several hours, so that its internal components can cool down before it is carried and transported outside.
    • Back up all data before packing your electronics devices for a winter move. Separate electronic devices from the rest of your packed goods while you load boxes and move furnishings.
    • Consider removing the batteries from specific electronic devices if you think there’s a chance of battery leakage.
    • Don’t be quick to plug in an electronic device right after you find yourself in your new home but give it enough time to acclimate to the different temperature and humidity values.
    • If you have kept the original packages that your various electronic devices came in, then you have very little to worry about. Original packing boxes are designed to best protect your electronics. They have survived through long journeys from factories, trucks and into the stores. If you haven’t kept the original packages, then you will need to find other packing boxes that are just big enough to accommodate your separate pieces of electronic equipment. Your professional moving company should have special electronics boxes which provide improved protection (thicker cardboard and double walls) and come in different shapes and sizes. Packing paper is a must when you’re packing electronics for a move, for it will keep dust from entering the packed gadgets and will serve as a cushion against external impacts at the same time. Always use packing paper to create a protective cushioning layer on the bottom of each electronics box. This layer will actually absorb the vibrations and shocks along the way and will keep the electronic component safe during the move.


    To learn more about moving your household in winter months, contact Elite Moving & Storage today. Call us at 1-847-675-8701, or use our convenient online quote request form for more information and to get your free moving quote.

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Easy Tips for Packing Fragile Items

When you move, you might not bring every last thing with you, but your most important items tend to make the trip. In many cases, that means high-value, fragile items are part of the equation. You are at the first, and most important, step in making sure your delicate items stay protected throughout your move. Taking the time to properly package and label your fragile items can ensure your breakables arrive in one piece. Here are our easy tips to pack up your fragile items and keep them safe:

  1. Prepare in advance.

    It is easy to forget to wrap something when you’re in a hurry. Packing up valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables requires time, so plan ahead and set aside a reasonable amount of time to focus on packing your breakables before your moving date. By setting aside the appropriate time can help ensure they will arrive safely – just as you packed them.

  2. Have the right tools.

    Here’s what you need: quality boxes in various sizes (none too large); packing paper (allot), bubble wrap, cardboard, scissors, and packing tape. A large table to lay out your items and pack on can save you from stooping while you are packing for your move. When it comes to using bubble wrap, remember if you’re moving heavier, oddly shaped, or pointed items it is likely that the bubble wrap will pop during the move, leaving the item unprotected. Especially in the case of a long-distance move, opt for cardboard and packing paper to provide cushioning.

Packing the Most Common Fragile Items While Moving:

How to Pack Plates While Moving

Plates should be packed vertically in small or medium boxes. Professional movers use dish pack or china boxes lined with allot of crumpled packing paper on the bottom, top and in between of each plate. By placing your plates vertically inside the box instead of stacking them, you reduce the risk of breakage during transport. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place crumpled paper in between the standing plates. Make sure to have allot of crumpled paper as the floor of the box and cover on top. For finer china we recommend going an extra step and placing a piece of cardboard or foam between each plate. Do not over pack the box to be too heavy to lift or for the box to brake. Do make sure to use packing material to fill out the box that there is no movement inside the box when you give the box a jiggle.

How to Pack Glasses While Moving

Wrap glasses individually with clean packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger pieces to diminish empty space. Since glassware tends to be smaller, but heavier when stacked, your best bet is to use a double-walled box for packing. Pack the heaviest glasses at the bottom and the lighter glasses nearer the top, using a piece of cardboard in between each layer and fill spaces around glasses with crumpled paper as well.

How to Pack Lamps While Moving

Lamp shades should be boxed (flat side down) separately with lots of paper. Lamp bases can be bubble wrapped and placed in a larger box with crumpled paper where appropriate.

How to Pack Pictures/Frames While Moving

Picture frames should be placed standing up in small or medium paper-lined boxes, with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper. Top frames with more packing paper to ensure items don’t move around in the box. Pictures that are over 3 feet should be foam wrapped and packed into adjustable sized picture boxes.

Packing Specialty Items for Moving

It’s important to consider the shape and size of the piece, as well as any handles or protruding pieces that could break easily. Wrap the piece completely in bubble wrap, securing with tape. Place it on one piece of pliable cut cardboard. Place an identical piece of cardboard on top of the item. Then bend the cardboard ends to meet and secure with tape. Don’t be shy with the tape. Make sure all edges and angles are protected. Remember, when packing fragile items, do not over pack but do not leave empty space in the box for your items to move around. Fill in gaps with crumpled packing paper and/or bubble wrap. You want your items to be snug and secure throughout transport, so don’t be shy with the bubble wrap or tape. Use all you need to feel confident. Better safe than sorry.

Follow these packing steps and you can be confident that your items will show up to their new home in one piece.

Rule of thumb:

No matter what you are packing, always make sure to have allots of protective materials, clearly mark fragile items ‘Fragile’ and label the top of the box (This Side Up) where possible. We also recommend noting the room that the box should go into at your new home so that your movers can place things where you like them.

What not to do:

Many people use old towels, small blankets, newsprint, or even paper towels to wrap their fragile items. These are less than ideal choices. Newsprint can be dirty and means you have more washing to do when you get to your new home. Paper towels aren’t strong or reliable. Blankets and towels slip easily, so your fragile items could become unprotected and break during the move. Instead, invest in the proper packing materials – you won’t be sorry.

Elite Moving & Storage can help!

We get it. Packing can be overwhelming. Did you know that we offer packing services as well as supplies? Elite Moving has everything from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. Call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

Happy Moving!



How to Save on Moving Costs

There’s no way around it – moving is expensive. But hopefully, at the end of the road is a better situation, a higher quality of living, and a new start. Moving is also stressful, but you can reduce both your expenses and your anxiety by following some tips from the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen it all! We know how to help you reduce your expenses and get the most out of the process.

Hire reasonably-priced, dependable movers

Look, we know you’re thinking, “Ha, of course they’re going to say you should hire movers because they’re a moving company.” Okay, fine. If you feel comfortable doing that, do it. But think about it carefully, and weigh the pros and cons, and calculate the costs of renting your own trucks and getting supplies yourself. Using movers can prove cheaper in the end because of their expertise and speed. Don’t forget to factor in the potential relationship outcomes of using your family as free unskilled labor.

But, do your research – contact different companies, look at reviews, and get insurance. Try to move during slow times, such as the middle of the week or the month, or winter, to reduce costs. If you need storage, see if your moving company has a deal. Remember that the more you have the moving company do, the more it will cost. So, if you can pack things on your own, do that.

Stay organized

Create a timeline that will allow you to do the tasks you need to do on a schedule you set out. Set a budget that takes every element into account. Don’t forget to count costs of packing materials. You’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other items. This might be one of your biggest expenses, so try to get boxes free from grocery stores, big retailers, and wholesalers like Costco. Check freecycling sites, liquor stores, and mail offices. The boxes must be in good condition! Note, though, that you won’t want to pack fragile items in free boxes, since you won’t know how strong they still are. Instead, invest in double-walled china boxes or dish packs.

Know what tasks you’re going to relegate to the movers and set out what you’re going to take with you personally. Know what goes where in your new home, and whether or not everything’s going to fit. Are you going to need storage? Do you have specialty items, such as a rare and valuable piano? Keep track of your expenses; you may be able to deduct them come tax time.


Moving is always a great time to unload those things you don’t need. It’s cheaper, and less work, to move fewer things. Your movers may actually charge you based on weight if you’re moving out of state, so this can be a significant savings. This might be a good opportunity to upgrade some of your belongings!

Measure your new place to find out if anything won’t fit – and then get rid of the items that don’t. Do you really need those old appliances or that treadmill you never use? Have a yard sale. Donate to charity and get the tax deduction. Ultimately, you need to be smart about what you put into your new home and how it gets there if you want to save yourself some dough.

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When creating your budget, don’t forget to set aside some funds for AFTER the move. You’ll need extra to get your home running at a minimum level. You’ll need to replenish your food supplies and send in deposits for utilities, at a minimum. And if your house needs repair, you’ll need to take care of that as well. You might consider selling your boxes after you’re done, at places like or on Craigslist. It won’t be too much, but every little bit helps!

Want more information and advice? That’s what we’re here for! Elite Moving & Storage offers expert advice on every part of your move. Get an estimate today, and get the benefit of our years of experience moving people in and out of the Chicago area.

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How to Declutter Before A Move

The thing about moving is, the less you have to move, the easier it is.  I don’t know about you, but I’m no minimalist. If you’re like me, this means that prior to any move you’ll have to go through your things and just get rid of as much junk as you can. Own clothes you are hoping will come back into fashion…someday? Do you have small kitchen appliances that seemed like a good idea when you bought them, except that you’re never going to actually grind your own coffee beans? Do you own a heap of electronics for which you’re going to get that part you need as you have the spare time (spoiler alert: you’ll never have the time)?

Then it’s time to declutter. We realize this can be a tough process for some, but the closer you are to your deadline, the harder it will be to keep things organized for your move. Fortunately, we at Elite Moving & Storage, being the best moving company around, have seen it all. We can show you exactly what to do.

Start now and start small

Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. Trust me, you’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. Yes, it may seem overwhelming, but it’s easier if you can do it before the stress kicks in. The key is to do it before you’ve packed anything. Is it really worth the effort to put something into a box and move it halfway across the country, or even onto the third floor or your average Chicago walk-up, if you’re never going to use it?

Start with small spaces – a junk drawer, a cabinet. Get into your refrigerator and throw out things that are expired. Honestly, a lot of clutter happens in small spaces! You can do these quickly, and they’ll motivate you for the larger spaces as you notice that you’ve made progress. Do a little bit every day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the mess recedes.

Be methodical and make a plan

Decide how you’re going to attack the clutter. Have the items you will need for the process of decluttering on hand, such as trash bags or boxes for donation and storage. Know what your options are, in terms of getting rid of your stuff. Set yourself a deadline by arranging a pickup with a charity, or put an ad online for the date you’re going to have that yard sale.

Remember that initially, it’ll be pretty obvious what you need to throw away. Start with that. Then, it’ll get more difficult. Just work on decreasing the amount of stuff you have, and then focus on what’s left, one area at a time. Make goals – fill one trash bag, or set a timer for five minutes in which you just focus on getting rid of stuff. Then, set aside longer times for digging into the mess. And then just keep going!

Make it fun, and don’t stress – yet!

Invite friends over to help, and then take them out to dinner for their efforts! That way, you get a bit of assistance, and a reward to boot. Or hey, skip the helping part and just go for a reward with your friends after some of the hard work is done. That works also.

Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. For example, if you have papers you think might be useful someday, maybe you could just scan them into your computer instead instead of taking a pile of papers with you. In the meantime, decluttering may help you unearth items you’ve forgotten about. That can be part of the fun!

Get help from Elite Moving & Storage

Depending on your personality, decluttering can be an easy process or a more difficult one, so do what you can to give yourself the advantage. And not just in decluttering – in the entire moving process! That’s what Elite is here for. We’re one of the best moving companies in the Chicagoland area, and we want to help you. Get an estimate today!

Tips for Moving in Chicago

What Tools and Supplies Do You Need For a Move?

Now that you’ve decided to move, planning for the big day- getting everyone and everything ready- is a task that can feel like it’s on the scale of a moon launch! You’ve probably got a long list of things you need to do, but there are also tools and supplies you’ll need to get organized, get packed, and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Moving Isn’t Just Tape and Boxes, But You’ll Have a Hard Time Moving Without Them

When you think of moving, you think of boxes and tape. It is true, these are essential for every move, but there are many other tools and supplies to make your move go smoother. It is important to note that there are boxes for every purpose, and to use the right box for each job. Other than boxes in every size, Elite has special packing solutions for TVs, dishes and glassware, and even your wardrobe! You’ll also need packing paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape for most of your items.

What Other Supplies Do You Need for a Move?

Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professional movers, there’ll probably be a lot of things you’ll be doing in preparation for your move, and will have to do once you arrive at your new home and start unpacking. Here’s a list of some of the essentials:

Markers – You’ll need these to label your boxes and mark where each box belongs in your new home.
Utility Knife – Very handy for cutting tape, shrink-wrapped pieces, cardboard and other tough wrapping materials.
Basic Tools – You’ll need everyday tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to dismantle furniture, electronics and appliances, as well as to put them back together at your new home. Also, be sure to have flashlights, batteries and chargers on hand.
Gloves –A few pairs of gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, and punctures while you’re moving furniture and heavy or bulky items around your new home.
Protective Moving Equipment – Whether it’s an edge protector for a dresser or a moving blanket for wrapping a couch or moving heavy furniture, protective materials are essential for a move.

Making Your Move Less Stressful

The physical aspects of moving can be tackled more confidently when you have the tools you need to get packed, unpacked, and up and running! We hope that you will find this basic list helpful for this, and future moves.

How to Dishpack Chicago

How to Pack Your Dishes in a DishPack

Effective packing is essential to every successful move. It’s always important to select the right box for whatever it is you’re packing. We use the Dish-Pack box, which utilizes double walls for extra durability while moving. Here’s how Elite packs your dishes, with the care and expertise to get them where they need to be safely.

Preparing the Box for Packing Dishes

First, we open the sides to form the top, and then tape the bottom–one strip in the middle, two on the sides, and one that goes around the bottom for extra strength. Then we crumple packing paper, lining the bottom with two layers to form a cushion. You can purchase a proper dishpack box from our box shop!

Packing Your Dishes for Moving

When packing dishes, always pack a Dish-Pack box with the heaviest items on the bottom. We take a plate, wrap it in packing paper, and place it in the box vertically. We follow this for all the plates and align them vertically each time. After the largest plates are packed, we use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plate stable and in place. Then we create another double-layer cushion.

We wrap the mugs the same way, and place them horizontally with cushioning between them. Then we make the final double-layer cushion. It’s important that the box is packed tightly so there isn’t room for items to break. The more packing tape we utilize, the more protected your dishes are.

And that’s how Elite carefully and securely wraps your dishes! Watch our video to get a better idea of how to pack your dishes safely.

With your essential household items prepared and packed for their journey, you can rest easy that they’ll get there safe and sound. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Others in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Crate a Glass Tabletop , How to Pack a Couch, and How to Pack Your Dresser