Nothing is worse than seeing broken or damaged items when unpacking from your move, especially when it took a heinous amount of time to get everything boxed up. Don’t let your upcoming move get the best of you, set yourself up for success with these helpful packing tips.
Let’s Start Packing
To avoid the overwhelming, soul-crushing feeling of being trapped in the move, a designated area for packing must be established before starting. Keep any boxes that have been packed in this specified zone to avoid clutter throughout your home. If possible, use a spare bedroom or closed-off room where you can close the door on messes and take a break from your move. Stock your packing area with plenty of good quality supplies and try not to make multiple trips. Using high-quality moving supplies will help you avoid broken boxes and damaged belongings, and buying your supplies all at once saves valuable time.
Packing for Your Move
Starting with the most nonessential of your belongings, start packing similar items together using the proper materials to ensure their safety. As you pack boxes, be sure to tape all sides of the box to provide added strength and protection from anything encountered during the move. Clearly label all of your boxes in at least two places with large lettering to make finding things and unpacking simple. Move boxes to your designated packing zone when they are ready and work your way through each room. Your packing timeline will change depending on how soon you are moving, but you should begin packing at least 3 weeks in advance, planning any complicated matters up to 8 weeks from the move.
How to Pack Books
Books are usually very simple to pack if you are equipped with the necessary materials. Book boxes are small and sturdy, providing an excellent option that keeps them safe. For added protection, packing paper can be used to line the box and separate books. Place the largest hard-cover books at the bottom of the box and fill in as much space as possible to keep them from shaking around.
Don’t Break Your Dishes
This is where many people suffer the most casualties when moving. If dishes and glassware are packed incorrectly, they are doomed to shatter before arriving at your new home. Use small boxes for dishes when possible to allow for a snug fit. Using coffee filters, packing paper, or bubble wrap, separate all dishes while stacking any that do so. Cover any corners and edges of your glass to prevent shattering and consider plastic wrapping stacks of dishes to keep them tightly packed together. There are also boxes designed to separate glasses and dishes to maximize efficiency.
Packing Clothing and Shoes
When you cram clothing inside of boxes or bags, the items are practically doomed to come out wrinkled. Not to mention there is no way you are finding anything before arriving at your destination. Utilizing wardrobe boxes will allow the convenience of keeping items hung, allowing you to pull individual clothing from the box. Moving with these boxes provides convenience during the move and after by keeping clothes wrinkle-free. Shoes may be securely packed by wrapping them with soft towels, socks, or packing material. Believe it or not, dress socks may prove to be the best solution for packing your shoes. The soft material and elasticity allow you to pull the sock over your shoe, starting at the toe and ensuring that nothing is left exposed. This protects shoes from any scuffs or scratches, allowing you to place them directly in a box. Be sure that heavier shoes are packed towards the bottom, using small boxes to avoid crushing them.