Pack for a Move

Tips To Pack For a Move

Packing can be a hectic task for many people. The main reason why it could become a hassle is for the simple reason that people do not prepare beforehand. However, it’s an inevitable task you need to finish, especially if you have a strict schedule. Therefore, in order to start packing for a big move in the near future, you must get to the task with a little bit of pre-planning in mind. It isn’t that difficult of a job to get done if you do it the right way. We have the perfect guide on How to Pack for a Move.

Whether you’re packing sentimental trinkets to big items like appliances and furniture, there are endless hacks that can reduce the struggle of packing your household goods. Furthermore, efficient packing practices can protect your things and ensure they won’t get damaged during transport. Here are a few super helpful tips that will tell you a great deal about how to pack for a move. Regardless, of whether you are moving across town, across the country, or overseas. If you have to move within the deadline of a week, here are some things you must get to ASAP to get ready for the move.

1. Get rid of the extra stuff

The first task you should get to is getting rid of the excessive items in your house that are no longer required in your new house. Take only the most important things with you. You can do this by collecting your personal belongings that are no longer needed, each room at a time. Once you have a couple of things piled up, go through the many options you have to finally declutter all those things. You can separate items in good condition from ones that are no longer usable. You may throw away broken or old things and prepare the rest so other people can use them.

You can either donate your things to the charity, sell them online or simply give them away to whoever is willing to take them. Now you will only be left with the things you must take with you to the new house and start packing up. Getting rid of extra things can make the packing process more manageable. It can also help lessen the number of moving boxes you need to bring to your new place. After all, sending or transporting your things to a different location can cost money.

2. Arrange boxes and white paper

Secondly, visit the nearest grocery store or hospitals to collect the empty boxes and white paper that are no longer used. Many grocery stores have card boxes stored in the inventory. You can get those to pack up things like your dishes, cutlery, clothes, shoes, books, etc. in it. However, some of these things should be packed carefully which is why you need white paper. Forget about the old traditional way of using newspapers to pack up your dishes. These can cause the ink to fade and stain your dishes. Use white paper instead.

It is great if you already have the original packaging of the glasses or plates but if you do not, then carefully wrap up each item in white paper. Then, use a tape to stick the ends so that your stuff does not break inside the box during the move.

Additionally, label the boxes according to what’s inside them. In this way, anyone handling your things would know if they’re carrying something fragile and be more careful with them.

3. Pack separate bags for each family member consisting of the essentials

Next, you can put your clothes in card boxes too but the better option is to pack everything from your clothes to your essentials in a suitcase. Keep the essentials in a bag that is super easy to access. You never know when you would require a cellphone charger or a box of tissue papers.

If you have fewer bags but excessive clothes that you are not ready to throw away just yet, you can roll your clothes up into individual little bundles. Make sure to place them neatly in your suitcase instead of packing less than the suitcase can actually carry. One more thing you can do to not mix up the clothes and essentials of all the members of your family is to assign one suitcase to each member separately.

That way, everyone will know which one is theirs rather than fumbling through somebody else’s things.

4. Start packing weeks prior to the big move

This is when you are not under a deadline or a rush. If you start packing slowly, weeks before the day you have to move, things would go more smoothly. Therefore, giving it less of a chance of messing up or leaving something out. This way, you will have more time to disassemble your appliances without losing screws or parts. Then, place all the screws and disassembled parts in plastic bags and tape them with labels. Here is the ultimate Moving Timeline to help pace yourself.

Another thing you can do beforehand is disassemble your appliances to take a photo of how the appliances were. Hence, when it’s time to put it back together, you will know which cord goes where. In addition, you can start packing clothes that are not in season so you can clear some space in your home before the move. For example, you can pack all the winter clothing inside boxes if you’re moving in the middle of summer.

5. Use colored label tags

Put colored tapes, tags or labels on every box or bag you have packed. This way, you won’t lose anything nor would you have to unpack every box to find out where you put something particular. As you put things in a box, make a list of the things you are putting in. Then when you are done, stick the list to the box with tape. This will work as an index for when you need something. The list will serve as quick access. It can also make unpacking easier once you’ve settled in your home.

6. Pack the essentials at the very last

Things like your toothbrush, toothpaste, hand soaps, shampoos, phone chargers, etc. must be packed at the very last for immediate access. Leave these things out in a corner where you only put the things that are not to be packed. Get to that corner at the very last moment. If you’re putting away your family members’ essential items, ask if they still need them right before placing them in a box. After all, you can’t avoid any last-minute emergencies, especially when everyone is in a rush.

7. Call the professionals

The last things you need to do is to call up a professional moving company. If you have your furniture and appliances already packed up, it will cost you less to call them. All that will be left to do at the end is to have them move all the boxes and the furniture to your new place. If you choose to let them do the packing, they can do that too. Keep in mind that professional movers must pay you back in case of any damage to your property.

8. Make a checklist

At the very end, make a checklist of all the bags and boxes you have in total. Moreover, as the movers load all your packed boxes in the truck and are moving them out, double-check every box and bag. Make sure nothing goes missing or stolen.

Lastly, make one last inspection of your home to see whether you left any items behind before leaving. Check the drawers and storage spaces to confirm you have everything you need for your new home.

Packing can actually be a pretty fun task if everything is done properly with patience. If you follow the tips mentioned above, you are more likely to move with ease without anything going wrong.

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