How to Pack for a Move With 9 Simple Steps
Moving’s always been a stressful life event, and if you’ve already gone through the process a few times, you’re bound to agree.
While the anxiety associated with change is unavoidable during a move, there are things you can do to ease the transition for yourself and your family. One of them is learning how to pack for a stress-free move.
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1. Plan Long in Advance
Planning is one of the best ways to manage momentous tasks, so tackle your move head-on and get started right away.
As soon as you hear of your impending move, set a firm date with the moving company of your choice. That way, you’re more likely to get the date you want.
Most people move on weekends, at month-end and during the summer months, so it’s important to book early if you’re planning a move around these busy times.
When you have a firm date for your move, compile a comprehensive moving checklist with all the information pertaining to your move and keep it in a safe place. Preferably, a file.
Remember if you want to store this information electronically, do so on your phone or tablet. A laptop isn’t ideal for making notes on the move. Just remember, you’re bound to lose track of your charger during the upheaval of a move, so technology might not be the best option at this time.
On your list, include a list of tasks for the move, as well as a room by room inventory of everything you pack.
2. How to Pack Overnight Bags and Boxes
Pack supplies for your first night in your new home first, not last. That way, you won’t inadvertently pack anything important.
Keep a list of items, such as your pets feeding bowls, that you need up until the last minute and make sure you add them to your box as soon as you can.
Get each member of the family to pack their overnight bag as soon as possible, so you can wash and iron anything they need well in advance. This includes items like towels, face cloths and comfortable clothing. If preferred, you can invest in a few travel-size toiletry items to avoid last-minute chaos in the bathroom.
Pack at least two days’ worth of clothing to give yourself a little leeway on the other side in the event of unexpected delays.
Pack some snacks and food items to tide you over for the first while. Don’t forget things like coffee, sugar, long-life milk and enough dry pet food. Cups, plates, knives, forks and dishtowels are also important.
Once you’ve packed your essentials, label the boxes and bags clearly and keep them separate from everything else. Pack them into the car before the movers arrive. Keep one bag aside and go through your house on moving day collecting items like toothbrushes and hairbrushes, that you’ve probably forgotten about in all the excitement.
When that’s done, it’s time to tackle the task of packing up everything else.
3. Prepare for Packing
The first step in packing boxes is to gather everything you need in one place. You need strong moving boxes in various sizes as well as good quality packing materials.
Some of the things you need include bubble wrap, wrapping sheets, padding supplies, scissors, newspapers, heavy-duty packing tape, marking pens and stickers for labelling.
Remember, you can use clothing as padding too. You need to pack it anyway and it’s a lot eco-friendlier and more cost-effective than buying disposable padding. Go through your cupboard and set aside any items, like non-seasonal clothing that you can use as padding in your boxes.
Set aside a designated area in your house for all packed boxes and other items that are ready to go.
4. Start Small
You can start packing non-essential items like art, ornaments, and books straight away. Next, go through your kitchen cabinets and pack any extra plates, glasses, cutlery, and utensils that you don’t need before the move. The same goes for small specialized appliances that you can go without in the meantime.
Be sure to wrap fragile items carefully and pack them firmly. Mark boxes of fragile items clearly with the words “fragile” and ”this way up” or use stickers.
Without these indicators, you won’t remember which ones need extra care and your movers won’t know.
Label every box with a list of its contents, as well as the room it came from. This will make unpacking so much easier, and help you if you need to find something in a rush.
When boxes are clearly labelled it’s easier for movers to help you out by placing them in the correct room while unpacking the van.
5. Dealing With Electronics
Are you dreading reconnecting your television and other tech items on the other side? Take photographs of any complicated setups, to make things easier.
Be sure to label any wires so you don’t forget which ones belong to which gadget. Place any small items like screws in a Ziplock bag and label it. Keep one bag for tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and wire cutters that you’re bound to need when you’re reassembling things.
6. Packing Proper
Pack one room at a time. As you go along, be sure to declutter and discard, recycle or donate any unnecessary items.
Don’t pack air. Roll clothing up tightly before packing it in your boxes. Not only does this save space, but you’ll find your clothes are less wrinkled when you unpack them.
If necessary, wrap bubble wrap or packing paper tightly around fragile items and place these snugly against each other in the box. Less wriggle room means there’s a smaller chance that things will roll around, bump into each other and break.
As soon as you’ve packed a box, seal it firmly with packing tape, label your box clearly and place it in your packing area. Try to keep boxes that belong in the same room together. When you’re finished packing, walk through the house and check your cupboards and underneath furniture for any stray items.
Get the Help You Need While Moving
A reputable moving company helps alleviate most of the stress associated with moving. Keep reading our blog for more tips on how to pack and move or contact us by filling out a quote request or call us for assistance and we’ll ensure your big move goes off as smoothly as it possibly can.