Moving to a new place can be a very exciting time, that is, until you start thinking about how much stuff you have to pack. Before the stress sets in, remember that with a little effort and planning, it is possible to have a smooth and easy moving day. These 15 tips from professional movers will make your packing and unpacking a lot simpler.
1. Use Proper Box Sizes
Place heavy items, like books, in smaller boxes and lighter items, like towels and linens, in bigger boxes. This makes boxes easy to move and reduces their likelihood of breaking.
2. Pack Your Boxes Well
Put heavier items on the bottom of boxes and lighter items on top. Fill gaps with towels, clothing, or packing paper.
3. Use Trash Bags
If you are moving locally, group your hanging clothes into sections and wrap with trash bags. This will keep your clothes from getting disheveled or soiled during the move.
Placing the items that go in the same room in the same box will make packing and unpacking a lot quicker and easier.
5. Clearly Label Your Boxes
Label each box with the room it is supposed to go in and a brief description of its contents. This will help you and your movers to know which room each box goes to.
6. Tape Your Boxes Well
Use multiple pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams and always use packing tape, not duct tape.
7. Wrap Your Breakables
Use packing paper and bubble wrap to ensure your dishes, cups, and other delicate possessions do not break. Or, save on bubble wrap and wrap your breakables in clothing.
8. Protect Your Toiletries
Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap and then place the caps back on to prevent leaking. You can also place an extra cotton pad inside you powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
9. Use Sandwich Bags
Sandwich bags are great for holding the pieces and parts from furniture you have to dismantle. They are also useful for holding electronics cords.
10. Electronic Setup with Ease
Take photos of the backs of your electronics so you can remember where to connect all the wires.
11. Cut Down on Boxes
Use the containers you already have like suitcases, hampers, and baskets. Wheeled suitcases are especially good for heavy items like books.
12. Pack Items You Will Need First in a Separate Box
This will make important items easy to find when you arrive at your new place. In this box, you should pack things like a box cutter, trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, phone chargers, utensils, etc.
13. Pack an Overnight Bag
After a busy moving day, chances are you won’t want to be searching through boxes for a clean pair of socks. Keep the essentials, such as a change of clothing, vital toiletries, personal electronics, etc, close-by and easy to grab.
14. Easily Accessible Documents
Pack your important documents separately (perhaps in your overnight bag) so that you can find them easily. This includes IDs, health records, passports, insurance information, and photo albums.
15. Hire a Babysitter or Pet-sitter
For close-by moves, this can be extremely useful. The last thing you need to worry about on this stressful day is losing a pet or child.