Your moving day has finally arrived. But you look outside … and it’s raining. Ugh. Moving that giant couch into your new apartment was going to be difficult as it is. And soaked cardboard boxes aren’t exactly a plus either.

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A rainy day certainly isn’t the perfect sunny weather you were hoping for, but unfortunately, you have to play the cards you were dealt. Ensure that your furniture doesn’t turn into a soggy mess and that you stay safe throughout the process with these rainy day moving tips:

Protect Your Furniture

Exposing certain pieces of furniture to the elements can leave them looking less than new. Wood can warp in the rain, while cotton blend fabric will only soak up all that water. Keep your couches and chairs in perfect form by wrapping each piece in plastic. You can hold the plastic in place using painter’s tape, which will be easy to remove once you’ve moved everything inside.

Choose the Right Clothing

You’re going to be carrying heavy furniture and other items while it’s pouring down rain, so you’re going to need some comfortable shoes with solid traction—especially if you will be climbing up and down stairs. These should also be shoes that will be able to stand up to the elements like rain or motorcycle boots.

As for your clothes, you’ll want to wear something that will be able to repel water, like a raincoat. Moving won’t be made any more enjoyable if your clothes are soaked. You may also want to wear a pair of gloves so that your hands don’t easily slip when carrying boxes.

Opt for Plastic Containers

If you know it’s likely going to be raining on the day of your move, it’s best to load everything up into plastic containers.

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But if cardboard is all you have, just make sure you lift the boxes from the bottom for the best support. Plastic can also be wrapped around your boxes if you have something particularly fragile in them.

Lay Down Towels or Rugs

Don’t track water and mud into your new apartment! Keep your new carpet, tile or hardwood floors looking nice by laying down towels or rugs that you can use to dry your feet. Make sure you’re choosing towels or rugs that you don’t mind getting dirty. This will significantly limit the amount of debris that ends up in your new place.