Packing and moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Make your life and your move easy by preparing in advance. Before you start packing, you need a battle plan. Here are ten simple tips you can use to take the stress out of packing.
We offer you Ten Tips for Making Packing Easy:
- Plan Ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to organize your move. Start early, going through each room, sorting which items can be boxed, which items to leave out until the move, and which items need special handling.
- Purge. Now is the time to go through your attic, your basement, your closets or your storage unit. Why haul stuff you never use from your old place to your new place. Now’s the time for a yard sale or to donate unused, gently worn items to charity.
- Arm Yourself. Gather everything needed to pack efficiently. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, wrapping paper/newspaper, moving blankets, pads, markers, labels, and plastic bags are a good start. Always make sure you have more supplies than you think you need … they tend to disappear quickly as you start packing.
- Beg, Borrow, and “Steal” (Well, Borrow!). Neighbors Moving and Storage sells all kinds of boxes specially designed for moving everything from breakables to business suits. But if you are set on supplying your own, your best bet is to find someone who just moved and ask for their boxes. Or “borrowing” used boxes from your office or local grocery store.
- Keep Out. Don’t pack your extra towels, blankets, and linens. These items are great to use pad picture frames, mirrors, and other breakables.
- Divide and Conquer. Figure out what items are rarely in use and take that as a starting point for your packing. For example, if you are moving in the middle of winter, box up all of your summer clothing, pool toys and patio items first.
- Don’t Over Pack. Your back and your movers’ backs will thank you for not overstuffing boxes. Ideally, your box should weigh between 30 to 40 pounds—50 pounds max. If you do overload a box, make sure to label it as Heavy.
- Make a Master List. Number / label boxes and keep an inventory of each box and its contents on a notepad or spreadsheet. This may seem like a lot of extra work at first, but it’s a great time-saving resource to have when it comes time to unpack or locate “missing” items in a sea of boxes.
- Label, Label, Label. Each box should list the contents, be labeled as to what room in the new house it should be placed, and include any special instructions such as “fragile,” “this side up,” or “heavy.”
- Pick an Unpacking Plan. If you envision yourself at the other end of this journey—the unpacking process—you can appreciate why planning your unpacking strategy ahead of time could save you some headaches later on down the line. Figure out a simple way of organizing boxes, such as color coding by room, so that each box can be easily labeled and identifiable as to which room it belongs in.
And, remember, for the ultimate in stress-free packing, Neighbors Moving and Storage can handle all your packing and moving for you—greatly reducing your need for organization, planning, and patience. Check out some of our additional packing tips and learn more about how we can simplify your packing and move today.