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Moving tips and tricks

You’ve found your new home. Now start imagining all the possibilities.
Moving can be super stressful—even when it’s only a short distance.  But we’re here to help. Check out our top tips for a stress-free move.

Plus, get a coupon when you sign up for our New Mover program to get more useful tips and ideas.  After registering for an IKEA.com profile and providing your name, move-in date, address and opting-in to receiving e-mail communication you will receive the coupon via e-mail.

A variety of moving supplies and JÄTTENE boxes stacked on a wooden pallet with wheels, in an empty room.
A variety of moving supplies and JÄTTENE boxes stacked on a wooden pallet with wheels, in an empty room.

*Sign up for our New Mover program to save $25 off your in-store purchase of $250 or more. For full coupon terms click here.

1. Declutter and donate

There’s no point in moving things that you were going to get rid of anyhow. Keep only those things that add value to your life, and donate the rest. Donating doesn’t have to be complicated, try asking some friends if they need something.

2. Start packing now

Whether you follow a strict sort by category method or you prefer packing room by room, start packing sooner rather than later. You won’t need your Christmas lights or your spare bedding in your new house immediately, so fill up your boxes with these things first.

3. Pack to unpack, load to unload

The thirty minutes you spend on logistics before the move can save you hours, if not days, once you arrive on the other side. Make sure you organize, pack and load according to how you want to unpack.

Don’t forget to explore the services we offer. You’ve got enough on your plate, why not leave some of the heavy lifting to us?

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At IKEA we love to share our knowledge and expertise when it comes to life at home. Anything from optimizing small spaces to sustainable storage solutions – we are here for the many people.
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Lina Aldén, Interior Designer at IKEA

4. Make it feel like home

Little things like temporary lighting, bathroom essentials, or a mobile wardrobe can help you settle in quicker. Cook a favorite meal or take out your coziest blanket and pillows to instantly feel at home.

IKEA 365+ glass food containers with bamboo lids filled with different foodstuffs, and wine glasses in a cozy setting.

5. Everything has its place

To make settling in easier, figure out where to place your big furniture first. You might need to move them around a few times before you find the perfect spot. Try to think about your routines and patterns to figure out your ‘flow.’

A hanging white shoe organizer hanging from the knob of a dark closet cabinet.

6. New house, new you

Maybe you’ve been wanting to lead a more sustainable life. Or perhaps you strive to be more organized. Whatever you want to improve, there’s no better time than when you are moving homes.

7. Reuse, recycle and get creative

You don’t have to throw away all your moving supplies. If you can’t recycle something, get creative and repurpose it. You’ll be surprised how many lives a plastic container can have.

Coupon Terms

*Valid for 90 days from date issued. Valid in participating US stores only. Not valid online. Coupon applied before tax, shipping & handling. This offer not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid for IKEA Kitchen Event, Click & Collect, Delivery, Assembly, Kitchen Planning or other services. Not valid on IKEA Gift Cards or payment of your IKEA credit card. Not valid on food. LIMIT: One New Mover coupon per person per calendar year. Coupon valid for one use only toward a single transaction. Discount applied proportionally across items purchased, as shown on receipt. On returns, only the net purchase price as shown on receipt is refunded. No cash value or redemption, except where prohibited, value is 1/100¢. Void if altered, copied, transferred, sold or prohibited.