Packing is one of the most tedious parts of moving into a new location. Knowing how to pack correctly, and picking the correct packing boxes and containers, will help you lessen your stress. Having to pack up an entire house can feel overwhelming. However, the more organized you are, the more time and energy you will save. Consider creating a packing list to make sure you move house as efficiently as possible.
Follow the packing tips below for a hassle-free move.
1. Start early
No matter how good you are, packing always takes longer than you think. Start two or three weeks before moving day. Pack items you use least first. I always start with china and books.
2. Pack one room at a time
You will feel more organized packing each room orderly. Pack least-used items first. When unpacking, leave these boxes for another day if you run out of time. Clearly label boxes, for example: ‘kitchen tools’. You could also make an inventory list detailing items for each room or box so you know where everything is.
3. Do not pack air
If boxes are not fully packed, there will be a possibility of shifting and damage. To secure the contents of a box, pack pieces as tightly as possible and fill empty space with packing paper.
4. Place heavy items in small boxes
It is best to keep the overall weight of each box under 40 lbs. So, when packing heavy things like books, use small boxes.
5. Trash bags for light and non-breakables
Boxes are great because they stack, but so are sturdy trash bags, because they squish. Fill large trash bags with soft no breakables. They can be stuffed into trucks and morph into shapes that boxes cannot.
6. Protect your things
Wrap your things securely – particularly if your stuff is traveling a long distance or over bumpy roads. The last thing you want to deal with is broken items upon unpacking. Bubble wrap will protect fragile items such as glassware and decorations. If you are worried about furniture, wrap it in rolls of corrugated cardboard, available from moving companies. Protection blankets will cushion bulky items that do not fit in a box or use an old blanket. And consider wrapping things in white packing paper instead of a newspaper as ink can stain. Research where you can find cheap packaging supplies.
7. Find cheap moving boxes
To find the cheapest cardboard boxes, get quotes from your trusted moving companies. These companies also specialize in clever packing ideas that can help you save valuable time. Instead of wrapping glasses in a newspaper, for example, pop them into a crockery box with a handy cardboard divider. Wardrobe boxes come with a railing so you can put clothes on their hangers straight into them. There are also moving boxes for flat-screen TVs, wine cartons and tough plastic moving bags that are more durable than regular garbage varieties.
8. Pack and plan for your first night
Pack an essentials box for your first night in your new home in case you run out of energy to unpack everything. Include toiletries, bottled water, toilet paper, snacks, pajamas and a change of clothes. Also, make sure you connect your electricity and gas at least three days ahead of time so you’re not sitting in the dark.
Be wise when it comes to packing up your place and you will thank yourself later when it is time to unpack at your new place. And, once you have unpacked, do not forget to recycle your cardboard boxes for future use. Check out this “must have packing essentials” for a perfect moving experience.