Nobody ever said that moving was easy. That's why there's an entire industry devoted to helping people move.

But sometimes we can't always afford professional help when we move, so we have to take it on ourselves.

How can you cut down on the stress when you move in Berks County? Here's a few pro tips that can help during your next move.

Do a Pre-Pack Photo Shoot

We can't always remember where all the cords go after we unpack, so why not take a few photos on your phone to help you when you set up your electronics in your new home?

With photos in hand, you’ll be able to recreate it all in record time.

Corral Cords With Toilet Paper Rolls

"Where's an extension cord?" Finding extension cords can really be frustrating during a move. Sure, you saw one laying around somewhere, but where?

When you pack, wind up each cord in a 6-inch coil, then insert it in a toilet paper roll. You’ll have lots more room in the box, and no tangled mess to unpack later. Just remember to clearly label the box!

Create a "Moving Toolbox"

Make up a moving toolbox that has all the essentials - Sharpies, packing tape, box cutter and so forth. Then you can take it from room to room as you pack. This will keep you from misplacing small essential items when your house is full of boxes.

Tape Appliance Cords to Their Homes

You could be exploring your new neighborhood, but you're too busy trying to find the right power cord for your appliances.

You can save more time by taping the plug to the appliance it belongs to. Then go get a taco on the corner with your reclaimed time.

Use Your Towels, Blankets as Packing Materials

Another way moving day gets frustratingly extended? Your third trip to the store to buy more bubble wrap.

Kudos on treating your breakables with care, you don’t need the store-bought stuff. Pot holders, oven mitts, and even those old paper and plastic grocery bags you were planning to recycle make great packing materials. Also consider towels, pillows, blankets, the kids’ stuffed animals — whatever’s soft!

Color-Code Boxes

If you’re paying movers, really get your money’s worth by making it easy for them to deposit every box in the right room.

Assign a color to each room, then mark that color on the outside of each box. Before movers arrive, add the correct color label to each room’s door. They’ll love the simplicity, and you’ll love not having to haul everything that was supposed to go in the office out of the playroom.

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