Packing up your household for an upcoming move can be stressful and take a lot of time. With a lot of tasks to handle to make the move a success, you have a long way to go.
However, the entire relocation process can be a breeze when you have some useful packing tips for relocating your home and family.
When looking into ways to pack your home for a move, the smartest approach is to put together the moving supplies you will need and then work from one room to another until the job is completed.
Don’t be too worried as you see a lot of stuff lying around in your home. Packing can also double as the best time to clean, downsize, and organize your life.
Use the following tips to pack fast, stick to a budget, and be organized.
Developing a Plan and Getting Started
This may not be surprising, but making assumptions that you have a certain move date before you book a mover is wrong. Many clients hold on until the week they prefer to move out to enter an agreement with a moving company, which can lead to increased moving costs, force you into hiring packers, or even to pick another moving date.
Immediately you have the desired date for your move, ensure you develop a packing plan that will enable you to make an inventory of your belongings, find out the items to be moved as well as the ones you want to sell or donate and reduce some of the pressure associated with packing by getting it done over many weeks.
Start by collecting your Moving Supplies
To make sure your move is successful, the following moving supplies will be needed:
- Boxes: There are varieties of options to get cheap or free moving and packing boxes. Check websites like NextDoor Neighbor to find used moving boxes or ask your family and friends. Get as many as available moving boxes of different sizes and ensure the packing boxes are in good shape.
- Bubble wrap: Bubble wraps make sure your goods are protected on the move. They are also available at any office supply or department stores at a cheap price or get it free on Facebook Marketplace.
- Dolly: The process of carrying moving boxes from one place to another can be disturbing and could result in drops. This can be prevented by renting a dolly from a home improvement store or moving company to make the moving task much easier.
Declutter before you move
Begin to check your household goods about two weeks in advance of your move, if possible. Working from one room to another begins with big stuff you don’t plan to move, such as heavy furniture items, heavy tires, and other items that contain hazardous chemicals.
Contact a dumpster rental company or removal services to dispose of such items. Sort the remaining household items into three parts: sell, donate, and trash. Sell any items that are in good shape at a yard sale or online. Donate such items that you no longer need but also don’t want to sell, and trash any item you considered junk.
Designate a Place as “don’t pack”
There will be certain items you don’t want to pack or load into the rental truck. Consider items of greater or sentimental value, such as jewelry, financial documents, or family photos. Also, professional movers do not move some items that are considered perishable or hazardous. Designate a place (like a room or closet) to keep items you will like to move with you. Ensure that all your helpers on the move, whether friends or professional movers are aware to not pack or load items in that area.
Find out Items that should be Loaded Last and Unloaded First
Find out any household items that you want to easily locate at your new home. They should be loaded last into the moving truck, so they are the first set of items that come down from the truck. This will make sure important items are easily located upon arrival.
Pack an Entire Room before you proceed
Some items are more difficult to pack. One may decide to leave such items for later time. Do not give in to this; proceed as you are on course. Packing one room completely before moving to the next will enable you to complete even the most difficult things before the last minute. It will also make you easily calculate your progress and determine the level of packing you have left.
Pack Dishes Carefully
You need to give special care to your highly breakable items. Use additional packing paper and wrap each item separately. Do not stack dishes horizontally, but vertically. Pad the top and bottom of the packing box using towels or cloth. Label the box as fragile, so your moves know to be careful when moving it.
Pack your Clothes
There are few packing options for your clothes. If you have additional funds, you can get a few wardrobe boxes. These boxes, depending on their height, may cost $10 to $20 each, and they have bars so you can directly move your clothes to the box from your closet without removing the hangers and get packing and unpacking done easily and quickly.
If your move is on a budget, try using the trash bag method. Place trash bags on your clothes as they are still on hangers in the closet. Tie the tip up while the hangers out, and you already have a new way of moving your closet.
Figure out Small Items using Colored Tape or Tissue Paper
During packing of small, fragile items, wrap them using colored tissue or keep them in a piece of colored tape outwardly. This will assist in keeping you from throwing away a small item accidentally, thinking it is just a packing paper.
Your Towels and Clothes can work as Packing Materials
You can fill boxes using linens, towels, and smaller clothing items. You can use socks and washcloths as alternatives to packing peanuts to prevent items from shifting in moving boxes and wrap delicate items using thick towels to give additional padding. This will enable you to make use of fewer moving boxes and save you money on packing materials.
Pack Essentials in Separate Places
Think of the items you will need in your first week in the new house or so after moving in, pack the items in separate boxes for easy access. For example, you may need toilet paper, towels, a shower curtain, hand soap, and the same items easily available. You want to avoid going through boxes searching for things you need urgently before you start unpacking.
Label your Boxes with Each Room when Packing
Labeling your moving boxes immediately it has been packed with the name of the contents is one of the best and easiest tips to pack for a move. This will enable packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking to become easy tasks. You may also want to list the contents of each moving box on a different sheet of paper. Duplicate the paper and tape one to each box. Keep the duplicated copy in a folder that you can easily check after your move to ensure you have everything in the new home.
By planning, we will be simplifying the process of packing and moving for you and your household members. You will enjoy your move to the new home so much if the stress involved is not much. First National Van Lines is here to get the job done for you!