Friends, please enjoy this partnered post on preparing for a move. If you aren’t moving soon, pin for the next time you do move. This will keep you from having those random boxes filled with underwear, toilet paper, random canned goods, a bicycle pump, and mulch. Not that I’ve ever packed a box like that…
Written By Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com
So, you may be thinking, “It’s just moving. How hard could it be?” But we all know that that question is oft invoked in famous last words. Luckily for you, though, we’re bringing you some steps that will help you pack all your life’s belongings with as little hassle as possible.
- Survey Each Room
First, you’ll need to go from room to room to figure out exactly the best way to pack everything. Note especially big or unwieldy items for which you’ll need to make specific preparations or possibly get help from professional movers.
- Get Organized
Second of all, you should go through and organize the things you’ll be packing. This is important for a few reasons. Packing things in boxes before you get an idea of how many boxes you’ll need for each room and what each group will contain will mean a major headache when you’re unpacking. Also, before you start getting things in boxes, you should make sure you want to move everything you’re packing. If you find stuff you won’t use in the new place, donate them!
- Pack an Overnight Bag
Once these two steps are done, you’ll want to get together the things you’ll need immediately upon arriving to the new house, like a toothbrush, toiletries and a few outfits. You will thank yourself for this later.
- Get Your Packing Supplies Together
The great thing about packing boxes – and frankly there aren’t many – is that you can get creative when it comes to what you’ll use to protect your breakables. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to buy expensive packing paper and bubble wrap to load up your vases, plates and glasses. Instead, you can use clean socks, sweatshirts and other soft materials. When it comes to boxes, you can be creative with your packing materials.
- Ready, Set, Pack!
Lastly, get to packing! Remember that it will be important for you to pack like items together to ensure minimal breakage of your items as well as minimal stress when you go to figure out where everything will go in the next place. Additionally, make sure you pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the box, and then put in progressively lighter things. When you’re labeling the boxes after they’re all packed, be as specific as possible. For example, don’t just write “bedroom;” instead note that a box is for bedroom linens or Mom’s clothes.
Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.