Moving is a hectic and stressful process in itself. There are a million things to figure out, plan, check, double-check and arrange even before the actual move begins! So, let’s work on making one aspect of the moving process easier for you- the packing!
We consulted professionals and experts in this regard and got some wonderful tips that can take a load off you and help you get better organized. So let’s get started;
1. Pack Rooms You Don’t Use First
“Packing always takes longer than we initially think, so that’s why it’s better to start packing as early as possible. It is always a good idea to start with the rooms you use least so you have a place to store your boxes that is not in the way and you don’t pack something you might need in the meantime. When packing, label boxes with the rooms they are going in and bullet points a few things that the box includes to make the unpacking even easier.” (Stuart Clark)
2. Pack A Moving Day Survival Kit
“Unless you are super organized it is unlikely you will be unpacking the day you move into your new home so it is a good idea to pack yourself a moving day kit. Include things you will need immediately over the next couple of days such as toiletries, pajamas, and any other essentials you might need. It will save you unpacking all your boxes as soon as you get to your new place and save you time rummaging through boxes looking for toilet paper or your phone charger.” (Stuart Clark)
3. No Overpacking
“If you have many large boxes, it can be tempting to fill them with your belongings; however, that may make some of them too heavy to carry. For heavy items like books and crockery, put them in smaller boxes so they don’t become too heavy, fill the larger boxes with lighter items like clothing so when it comes to moving day you can carry everything easily.”
Stuart Clark, Home Expert for victoryblinds.com.au
4. Label The Boxes
“We always advise our customers to have a roll of sticker labels at hand so that they can mark what is in each box. Another important tip is always to pack all the heavier items into a storage box first. Don’t overpack boxes, as they will become too heavy to move and possibly even break. Finally, be sure to assign one box which you put all your essentials in (change of clothes, toothbrush, utensils) and mark this as such. It will then be easy to locate when you arrive at your new place.”
Monica Mason, Marketing Director at StorageBuddy
5. Start Early
“Sometimes, we don’t realize how much work moving is until we’re in the thick of it. For this reason, the best way to manage a move is to start organizing and packing as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Schedule your move in phases, either by room or by category of items. Have extra boxes on hand (ask retailers for their extra boxes – liquor stores are known for them) for donation items and plenty of trash bags. You only want to pack the things you for sure want in your new chapter in life. Anything you don’t want needs to be discarded either by having a charity come pick up the items, or taking them out to the dumpster.”
Joseph Giranda, Director of Commercial Relations CFR Rinkens
6. Color Coding and Labeling
“I would say the most helpful thing you can do when packing is first and foremost, give yourself enough time. You want to have enough time to carefully and mindfully pack your possessions rather than stuffing them hectically in bags and boxes with no order whatsoever.
“During the packing process itself, I’ve found that color coding and labeling are the best way to go! Choose a color to go for each room(ex. blue for the kitchen, red for the living room, etc.). Mark the boxes in which you have items from each room with their corresponding color. You can write down on the box itself what it contains before closing it off for good.
“However, then there is the possibility that during the relocation process, those lists become damaged and hard to read. A good and helpful alternative is to simply add numbers to the boxes and make a detailed list of the contents of the box in a notebook you will keep on you.” (Kate Hart)
7. Use Good Quality Packing Materials
“Don’t hold back on packing materials. Invest in enough bubble wrap, packing paper, and quality boxes. Especially for fragile items, you want to do your best to keep them safe during the move. Saving money on packing materials can end up costing you more than what you would have saved up. A good alternative or additional means of protection are rags or towels. You can always use them to fill in gaps and secure any cups, plates, appliances, etc., in their container.
“Many of the companies, including ours also offer packing services the use of which you can only benefit from. During this event, you should invest in all the help you can get, be it friends, family, or companies.”
Kate Hart, Removals and Relocation Manager with Fantastic Removals