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We've been helping families move into and within Texas for a long time, and we know that the packing process can be a challenge. As a result, we've rounded up some of the tips on how to pack for moving we've collected over the years to help make your move easier.

First, Make Sure You Have the Right Supplies.
You're going to need:

  • Boxes
  • Permanent marker
  • Newspaper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Planning Saves Time.
Part of figuring out how to pack for moving includes good planning. Having a game plan simply helps you save more time and frustration later, so:

  • Start early. A month or so before your move, you can start packing a little bit each day. That way, it won't become overwhelming at the last minute.

  • Label each box clearly. Put that black marker to use. Mark each box with its new destination, such as "bedroom," "family room," "kitchen," etc. This will help tremendously with the unpacking process. 

  • Keep it light. Use smaller boxes for books, dishes and other heavy items. By doing so, you won't have to lift an overweight box and risk injuring your back.

  • Use lots of cushion. Wrap anything you think could possibly break in newspaper or other padding. Then separate with bubble wrap. It may take longer, but you won't have to worry about your things breaking during transport. Besides newspaper, you can even use old t-shirts and towels for cushioning. Air-popped popcorn could be a good eco-friendly choice too, and you can compost it to help green up your garden at your new home.

  • Tape the top and the bottom of boxes. If you tape both ends, you won't have to worry about the bottom of a heavy box dropping out and breaking your things. This extra step can really save you a headache later on.

  • Pack one room at a time. This will help prevent your old home looking like a war zone with boxes everywhere and your belongings in piles around the room. Start in one room, like the kitchen, and pack things that you know you won't need until after the move. Leave the essentials until the last minute.

If you’re moving to Texas, it's a good idea to go ahead and have your electricity turned on in your new home before the big move. At TXU Energy, we want you to find a plan that fits both your budget and lifestyle. Learn more about our plans or contact us anytime, 24/7 with your questions — we're happy to help in any way we can.