When preparing to move, there are a couple of ways to think about the packing process.
#1 Toss everything into boxes, tape them shut, and load them onto the moving truck any way they’ll fit.
#2 Pack only what you want to keep, in appropriately labeled boxes, and load them onto the truck in some semblance of order.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather opt for plan #2. Packing for a move can either be haphazard and stressful, or organized and successful. Here are 10 packing tips to follow.
1. Don’t pack anything you don’t need or want!
It’s a serious waste of time and energy to pack items you don’t need or want. Declutter every room of the house before you pack your first box.
2. Gear up with all the supplies!
Once you’ve decluttered, gather ALL the supplies you’ll need to make the packing process go smoothly. You don’t want to build momentum, only to find you’ve run out of tape! Use extra-sturdy boxes for breakables. Consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Wrap everything in paper, plastic, or bubble wrap. Tape boxes securely, and mark them well. Keep all of your packing supplies in a central spot so the whole family will have access to them.
3. Pack seasonal items first!
It’s best to pack up seasonal items first, such as Christmas decor and holiday dishes. Clear out the crawlspace, basement, and garage, and get all your unneeded items packed and stacked. Once this stuff is out of the way, you can move on to everyday things.
4. Set valuables aside.
Avoid packing things that are personal or valuable. Jewelry, keepsakes, and important documents, should be kept separate and transported in your vehicle instead of the moving van. You might want to consider extra insurance to cover some of your more precious valuables.
5. Avoid packing combustibles.
Don’t pack things like aerosols, chemicals, cleaning agents, or fertilizers. If you must take some of these things with you, divide them into “like” items and transport them in open boxes with plenty of ventilation. Be sure to keep these things away from children and pets at all times!
6. Pack one room at a time.
Instead of floating between rooms, focus on packing one entire room at a time. Start at the door and work your way around the room, top to bottom. Be sure to mark the boxes as you go, designating them to the specific room in which they belong. Once you’re done with one room, move on to the next!
7. Use plenty of padding.
Be sure to use plenty of packing paper, plastic, or bubble wrap to avoid damaged items. You can also use towels, rags, sheets, and blankets for padding. In a pinch, wrap breakables in articles of clothing.
8. Leave items in drawers if possible.
Especially drawers that have light-weight items, such as socks or undergarments, can be left full and simply taped shut. Be sure to use a non-damaging tape on wooden surfaces.
9. Label, label, label!
Stock up on Sharpies and label every single box you pack. Don’t rely on your memory to remember which box goes where. Label the main items in each box, as well as the room in which it belongs. Don’t skip this step!
10. Pack your fridge and freezer last.
It’s best to use up all fresh and frozen foods before your move. However, if you’re only moving across town, you can take your fridge and freezer foods with you. Pack these items last into coolers with plenty of ice. Transport them in your car to avoid them getting buried in the moving van.
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