March 30, 2020
Packing Up Right – 7 Tips for Packing Your Home
In the long list of tasks to complete leading up to your moving date, the packing process can be one of the most time consuming.
If you are using a professional mover, much of what is listed below can be taken out of your hands. If you choose to move yourself, you may be looking at a tedious process. So, before you begin, here are seven tips to help you approach the move more efficiently and organized.
#1 – Consider and plan out your moving logistics.
Before you begin the packing process, it’s imperative to plan out how you will be moving. Will you rent a U-Haul, or another type of rentable storage? Are you taking all your furniture to the new home, or is the home move-in ready? Sometimes, especially to save on costs, friends may offer to help you store items at their places. If that’s the case, how long will they hold on to it and are those items transportable by car? These are all critical questions to consider prior to the packing process.
#2 – Start packing sooner rather than later.
Packing can quickly become a hassle with unnecessary chaos if it is procrastinated. To avoid this, start sooner rather than later with items that are only used every now and then. Spacing out packing by only doing an hour or two a day will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
#3 – Pack items according to their room or category.
Packing should be done with the mindset of making unpacking a breeze. One way to achieve this is by packing items by either their category or by the room they belong to, or both! This can be done in a variety of ways, but one of the easiest ways is to have clear packing containers that are labeled. If you cannot purchase clear containers, using different colored duct tape on your boxes is another option to keep items organized.
#4 – Empty all furniture.
While it can be tedious to empty out each drawer and dresser, this is important. Not only does it provide you with the opportunity to potentially do some spring cleaning, but it also ensures that you are not missing anything when the furniture is wrapped up and placed in the back of your storage units. Also, this will help prevent damage or breakage to any fragile items in the drawers.
#5 – Keep the essentials readily available.
Delays in the moving process can be unexpected, so it’s important to keep all your essentials with you. Packing a separate overnight bag or box that has all your daily essentials will come in handy for the first few nights where most of your belongings are still loaded in a storage unit or truck. Some items to include in this bag would be medication, toiletries and a few pairs of outfits.
#6 – Consider the individual item when packing.
It can be tempting to just throw all similar items into a box and call it a day. However, the future you will be so much more thankful if you take the time to consider just how to pack the item before doing so. For example, clothes could either be stuffed into a bag or they could be covered by a clean trash bag and packed into a suitcase to ensure they are protected. Kitchen items with sharp ends should be stored to keep both the unpacker and the other items protected. All technology should be packed in waterproof containers — not a cardboard box — as Florida’s humidity and weather are beasts of their own.
#7 – Finally, keep your boxes organized.
When loading packed boxes into storage or transporting vehicles, think about practicality. Heavy boxes at the bottom to avoid breakage. Boxes with important or frequently used items should be at the front of your storage units for easy access. And, if possible, try to keep boxes with the same room or category labels stored together for an efficient time unpacking.
Although unexpected issues can always arise in packing, utilizing tips such as these should lend to a smoother moving process.