Moving Tips: Packing

If you’re like me, you would much rather take a severe beating than pack up every single thing you own for a move. So, to help reduce stress and maintain your sanity, here are some common-sense tips for packing.

Before you start, read through this list and plan out the details of your move. While you are at it, go through each room of your current home and trash everything you can. Do you really need that thingy that has been collecting dust for five years? How about going through your wardrobe and calling the Goodwill people to pick up the clothing you no longer want. In other words – lighten your load.

As you do the above, jot down how many boxes you will need for each room. Use three columns – large, medium, and small – and just put tick marks as you count. When you finish the last room, add up how many of each size you will need. Then add a few extras for each size (to be safe).

Gather all the boxes, tape, labels, pens, etc. you will use while packing. Now comes the fun part – starting!

  1. Get a file folder and label it “MOVE”. Keep in it all the paperwork you will need during the move. Keep the folder handy at all times.
  2. Check to see if your appliances are compatible in your new home. You don’t want to move a gas stove into an all-electric house.
  3. Draw a floor plan of your new home and take measurements to make sure all your furniture will fit.
  4. Pack a box of essentials, to be opened first when you arrive at new place. Include all the little things you will need during unpacking, including snacks.
  5. Pack up one room at a time. Start with small items first, then larger ones.
  6. For things that need to be taken apart, put all the hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, etc.) in a plastic bag and tape it to a major part of that item.
  7. Label contents & the room where it goes, on every box, for easier unpacking.
  8. As you load each box, be sure to label it BEFORE you tape it shut.
  9. Line the bottom of your boxes with about four inches of crumpled paper to cushion fragile items. Wrap and cushion each item with paper.
  10. Don’t overload boxes, especially with heavy items.
  11. Boxes that contain fragile items should be marked on all sides – FRAGILE.
  12. Wrap items that can be broken with your linens or towels.
  13. Wrap cups and glasses individually and set them upside down in the box. For delicate items, pack that box inside another.
  14. Wrap plates, saucers and china individually and then in groups of three or four. Do not lay them flat in the box, stand them on end.
  15. Leave clothes in their drawers. They are easier to move that way.
  16. Check all bottles to make sure the cap is securely tightened to prevent spillage.
  17. DO NOT pack any materials that are flammable or aerosols such as: hair spray, shaving cream, deodorants, insecticides, cleaning products, spray paint, nail polish remover, bleach, lighter fluid, and motor oil. The inside of a truck can reach 150 degrees and can cause these items to explode.
  18. DO NOT wrap items with newspaper if the ink won’t easily come off. Use blank paper.
  19. DO NOT put plants in the car trunk while moving. The temperatures in the winter and summer can be too extreme for plans to survive.

I hope these tips help make your move a little easier. And if you need some professional help getting all your stuff moved to your new home, without spending a fortune, give us a call at Discount Moving: www.discountmoves.com – (855) 423-7987.