Packing isn’t as simple as wrapping up everything and placing them in boxes. You have to have a system in place for packing things in boxes, moving those boxes to a truck, and unpacking them in your new place. Having a game plan takes very little of your time, and will definitely save you many move-induced headaches in the immediate future!
Organization Is Key To Packing
Take some sit-down time to plan out your move. How will you attack all your stuff? What can go where? What can you start packing immediately, and what will you need up until your last day in the home? You probably know to pack room by room, but you can also plan what items you can mix-and-match, and the size of boxes you’ll need for those larger items.
Have more than you think you’ll need of anything – boxes, tape, labels, and padding. We all know what we think is enough packing supplies, but a conservative estimate is never, ever correct. You don’t want to have to run to the store in the middle of a frustrating move!
Packing Fragile Stuff
Things like clothes and pillows are fairly easy to pack: toss in a suitcase or some garbage bags. Done. But your fragile items need special time and care to pack; try not to leave them for the day of the move! Here’s how to pack the common fragile items you’ll have in your home:
- Glasses: Stuff crumpled up packing paper into each glass (reducing the amount of empty space in your box), then wrap each individual glass in paper. Line your box with a lot of packing paper, then start placing the glasses gently into the box, heavier stuff at the bottom. Make sure everything is snug to prevent jostling about, then place more packing paper on top.
- Plates: Line a small to medium-sized box with crumpled packing paper. Wrap the individual plates in bubble wrap, then stack one on top of the other, with some paper between each plate. Leave some space at the top for more crumpled paper.
- Picture frames: Wrap frames in packing paper or bubble wrap, and place in medium-sized boxes lined with crumpled paper. For any frames over eight inches tall, stand them up and put paper between each frame. Anything large, like two to three feet in size, should be wrapped in bubble wrap, then a blanket and moved on its own.
- Small lamps: Separate the lamp shade from the body and pack in different boxes. Wrap the body in bubble wrap and place in a box; if wrapped securely, it can be placed with other items.
Books are one of the biggest pains in the butt on moving day. This is because books are heavy, and people commonly overpack boxes of them, thinking individually rather than altogether. If the box splits during the move, well, heaven help the person who has to deal with that.
Start with heavy-duty, very strong boxes (try not to reuse older boxes), and line them with packing paper to protect the covers. Pack the books flat, with the heaviest at the bottom. Crumple up paper and place in the gaps of the box. Don’t overfill, or your back will be in for a rude surprise!
Don’t Pack What You Don’t Need To Pack
Planning your pack can also mean planning what you won’t be taking with you. You can take up valuable box space with stuff you’ll just throw away when you get to your new home. Before starting, pare down the items in your home – donate some items, toss others, and maybe throw a garage sale sometime before the move.
Moving requires patience and planning. Without proper packing, you can easily make the move much harder on yourself. Pack correctly, starting with plenty of time before moving day or use our affordable moving services to make it all quick and easy.