Movers hired? Moving day picked? All that is left is the dreaded packing! Well, get the packing boxes, styrofoam and tape and let us help you make that mission a success with these insider packing tips!
Start with out-of-season items. Next move on to things that are used infrequently. Throw in a basement or cellar pack marathon here and finish with the things you use most often and will need until packing day.
Make sure each box is labeled with what it contains but also with what room it belongs in in the new house. This helps the movers and family members work as one united team and prevents boxes from getting misplaced.
Make sure to have a bag of items that you will need until moving day and directly upon moving in to your new home. Include medicine, extra clothing, medical records, personal hygiene items, a few utensils, pet food (if necessary), and food/snacks to keep the whole family happy.
Make sure delicate items or breakables are not packed with heavy items like cast iron pots. This will minimize damage. Also, make sure moving boxes with breakable items are marked “Breakable/Fragile – Be careful!” in several, easily visible places.
Saran wrap can be used for so many things when moving! Place some over toiletries to add an extra seal to bottles, wrap around a jewelry board to keep everything in place, even use to secure drawers in small pieces of furniture like end tables or desks.
Save packing material by wrapping soft, malleable clothes around breakables. You can even use socks inside glasses for extra protection. Just make sure they are clean first!
Remember that you have to move the box so make it a manageable weight. Put heavier items like books and dishes in smaller boxes and lighter items like pillows and linen in larger boxes.
Make sure to pack heavier items at the bottom with lighter items on top. This will avoid the lighter items from getting squished during the move.
One piece of tape is not enough. Make sure to tape all seams on the box and a couple of pieces all the way around the box to ensure that the stress will not make the box break.
Purchase a few clear plastic organizers at the store and make sure items you may need straight away are packed in those. It will help to see what they contain, instead of unwrapping loads of boxes when you first move in causing undue clutter and stress.
Remember that packing is a time to lighten your load and free your mind! Follow these packing tips and your packing will be a sure success!