Packing Tips for Moving

Moving could seem overwhelming, especially when there’s so much stuff to put away. As a matter of fact, packing could be an entirely separate struggle from the move itself. Stress may not be entirely easy to escape during a big move, but there are ways to reduce it. The most important thing to do is to give yourself enough time to pack and plan. Then, when you are ready to start packing, consider the following tips.

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Lighten Your Load

Before getting into the act of packing itself, it’s a good idea to reduce the number of items you need to bring. You’re making a fresh start, after all. A drastic overhaul may not be necessary, but if you’re able to significantly trim down the number of items that need transporting, you’ll find that moving will be easier, too.

Confused about what to keep and what to throw away? Your old, mismatched dishes, piles of books and magazines, and clothes you no longer wear are some of the things you might consider disposing of before your big move. Now, “throwing out” or “disposing” doesn’t necessarily mean dumping things into the trash. You could consider giving them away to charity. Some charities will pick up your donations at your home. Make sure to carefully set the items for donation apart from the items that you’ll be bringing, and don’t forget to properly label them, to avoid confusion.

You don’t have to pack everything away into boxes—and, in fact, you shouldn’t. Valuables should be kept close to you, or to your trusted housemates/family members, all throughout the move. Stash your valuables in bags that you can easily bring.

You don’t have to pack everything away into boxes—and, in fact, you shouldn’t. Valuables should be kept close to you, or to your trusted housemates/family members, all throughout the move. Stash your valuables in bags that you can easily bring.

Some examples of valuables are:

  • Important papers (passports, birth certificates, wills, school records, etc.)
  • Antiques and heirlooms
  • Jewelry
  • Emergency medication

Inform your moving professionals if you are transporting large valuables, such as expensive paintings and furniture; such things require special care in handling. You probably don’t have to join them in the move, but do make sure they’re all present and accounted for.

Buy Good Packing Material and Equipment

Moving is a costly affair, so you may be tempted to cut corners wherever possible. However, packing material is something you should definitely not scrimp on. To reduce the risk of things breaking or getting misplaced during transport, invest in buying tried and tested versions of these items:

  • Packing paper. Good packing paper will help keep your items from staining, as well as sustaining damage caused by friction.
  • Plastic wrapping. Sturdy plastic will help protect sensitive items from moisture, and help keep liquid-filled containers from leaking. Don’t forget the bubble wrap that you can use to protect small, delicate items.
  • Packing boxes. Ordinary grocery store cardboard crates may save you some money, but on top of possibly being too flimsy to handle the weight of the items you will stash in them, they could also be unwieldy. Boxes designed specifically for packing should have the right strength and solidity for most transportation needs.

The quality of the packing material you use is even more important when it comes to storing breakables. Fragile items like fine china and glassware need to be given special care when packing.

Proper Labeling Saves Time

There’s no need to label every single thing you’re going to bring. However, an important thing to do is keep a detailed list of the items you are transporting. When packing, grouping items by room—putting living room items in the same boxes, the baby room items in the same boxes, and so forth—would make both packing and unpacking easier. When you arrive at your destination, cross-check every item with your list, starting with the valuables.

Color coding is another form of labeling. Assign a color to a room in your new home, then put the items you want to place there in boxes with that color. That way, you can tell at a glance which boxes contain items that belong to which rooms.

Ask for Help from Packing Professionals

If you have friends or family members who have more experience than you do with moving, don’t be afraid to ask them for a little help. More often than not, they’ll be glad to hand down the tips and tricks that they themselves have learned. Some of them may even come down to your house and lend a helping hand!

Sometimes, despite our best efforts and intentions, we just can’t deal with all the packing on our own. Maybe there’s not enough time, or we simply have our hands full with other important tasks. When that happens, it’s good to have reliable packing experts to call on. If what you feel you need is a truly professional touch, movers at full-service outfits like Muber Me can give more detailed advice on how to streamline your packing process, or do the packing for you altogether.


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