Bungee cords are a versatile option for helping to tie down items during a move. ( Albert Lozano/Shutterstock.com)

By Mike Jones, VP of Operations, USstoragesearch.com

“Keeping it all together” can be interpreted in many different ways when using the phrase in reference to a move. Most of us probably go to the sanity interpretation of not losing your mind during all of the chaos. Some might go to the sentimental interpretation of making sure your new home is set up as nicely and as cozy in your new home for your family. Others, and for the purposes of this blog, might see it in its most literal form: just getting your stuff from point A to point B. This morning, let’s take a look at some of the packing and moving supplies that you should stock up on and use to make sure you’re “keeping it all together” safely when moving your belongings.

Bungee cords are a versatile option for helping to tie down items during a move. ( Albert Lozano/Shutterstock.com)

Bungee Cords & Cargo Straps

You need lots of both of these. Bungee cords are great for keeping items from moving around in the back of a moving van or vehicle. They help keep items items down to the roof of a car. They can help tie up random things that are hard to move like futon mattresses. These stretchy cords also don’t leave any residue markets which makes them wonderful for using on things like mattresses, sofas, and chairs. Cargo straps are good too for keeping boxes from moving around and for keeping items tied down. Bungee cords are a little more versatile, but both can really save you when moving.

Old Rags

Okay, so an old rag isn’t going to keep your stuff together, but it will help you keep things safe while keeping them together. Put old rags at the contact points of when things like bungee cords and cargo straps touch your wood furniture or other items. Rags just act like a little buffer. They are also good to attach to the corners of furniture to protect the points.

Different Kinds of Tape

Yes, duct tape is the general panacea, but there are other forms of tape that just might actually work better than duct tape when moving. I like to use simple, clear packing tape to close up most of the boxes I use for moving. It works well, comes on one of those convenient tape guns, and rarely leaves a sticky residue. Duct tape is good for reinforcing the bottoms of heavy boxes. Strapping tape is also good for moving when you have boxes that stuffed to capacity and you fear they might burst. This sturdy option can help keep your box closed well.

Cable Ties 

Cable ties, or zip ties, are awesome to keep on hand during a move. You can get a giant combo back so you have different sizes. One example of when I’ve used them was to tie all of my fishing rods together. Cable ties are better for things like that because they won’t leave the same residue that tape might. Use cable ties to help coil up cords on electronics or to attach labels to various items that you wouldn’t want to use a sticker label for like a lamp.

While this blog might not help you keep your sanity all together when you’re moving, hopefully these bits of advice might help you keep all of your stuff together when you’re moving. Understandably, people don’t want to spend a lot of money on a lot of supplies to move, but those supplies can save you a lot of time, effort, and even money in the long run. Safely moving your items often requires a little upfront investment of time and some money but the return on those investments can be great.