Looking forward to a new home is an incredible feeling. You’re probably planning the layout of your new living room and browsing through all the multiple shades of neutral paints for the bedroom. Moving to new a home is an exciting experience, a real milestone in life to be remembered.
On the contrary, packing up and moving all your belongings from one home to another is the not-so-fun part about moving. Looking around your home and deciding where to begin packing can feel like a daunting task, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of you. There are a few things you can do to minimize stress and make your move go a little more seamlessly.
Here are 10 must know packing tips for moving:
Plan ahead and give yourself enough time
Many of us underestimate the time it takes to pack up an entire house before the actual moving date, which leaves us scrambling to get things done last minute and leaving important tasks unfinished. Not having enough time to wrap fragile items in paper and having things break during transport is an example of how things can go wrong by not giving yourself enough time to pack.
Pack room by room
In order to keep things as organized as possible, organize your packing room by room. This way, you’re not scrambling about wondering what has been done and what still needs to be done. Keep your efforts focused on one room at a time.
Label and number every box
While you’re packing each room one at a time, label the boxes and include the number of boxes that have been packed for each room. For example, “Living Room 1, Living Room 2,” and “Master Bedroom 1, Master Bedroom 2,” and so on. Keep an inventory sheet for how many boxes were packed in each room. This way, once you arrive at the new home, you can clearly see whether each box has made it to its appropriate location in your new home.
Consider weight distribution in each box
Remember, you won’t have a forklift to lift and carry each box out of the house. People will need to carry these boxes out, so consider distributing the weight of items evenly between boxes. With that being said, try keeping the weight of each box under 50 lbs. Larger boxes will take a lot more material to fill and the weight of this can add up quickly, so move heavier items to smaller boxes and fill larger boxes with lighter materials.
Check and secure the bottom of boxes
Unless you want your belongings sprawled out along the sidewalk outside, you’ll want to double check that the bottom of your boxes are secured well with packing tape. Proper packing supplies can be purchased at a storage facility or home hardware stores near you.
Declutter and donate
Let’s face it; if you haven’t used it in over a year, do you really need it? Don’t take clutter and junk over to your new house. Get rid of as much junk as you can so you’re not filling boxes with things that you no longer need. Donate things that are in good condition and that other people might be able to put to better use in their home.
Consider hiring a professional moving company
Nothing makes moving easier than not having to do it yourself. If you’re unable to reserve help from family or friends, it might be worth hiring help. Always check online reviews for moving companies and get your quotes in writing before hiring anyone; especially if you’re moving long distances and are being charged for time and distance. Map out the best route beforehand and have the moving company agree on the travel plan and distance.
Pack electronics properly
The best way to pack electronics is to pack them in the original box that they came in. If you still have the original box, that’s a huge bonus! If not, you’ll want to get moving blankets, quilted blankets, or bubble wrap to properly cushion your electronics during the move. Disconnect all cords, roll them, and keep them taped to the electronic device they belong to so that when the time comes to assemble your entertainment system at your new home, you’re not rummaging through a box of tangled cords. A little bit of effort and organization can save you a lot of hassle in the end.
Call in favours early
Remember that time you helped your cousin move stuff to his new condo? Or that time you helped your friend set up his entertainment system? Now would be a good time to call in favours to your friends, but be sure to call them in early. People have busy schedules nowadays, but if you give them enough time, they might just have an opening to help you on your move date.
Pack decorative stuff first
You don’t need hanging photos and pretty vases to live over the next few weeks before you move. You can get those out of the way and save the essentials for closer to the move date.
If you’re downsizing to smaller living quarters and don’t want to part with a lot of your beloved things, you might benefit from getting a storage unit in the meantime. Storage units are an inexpensive and convenient way to store your belongings. If you have more great moving tips to share or you’d like more information on storage units near you, we’d love to hear from you!
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