Out of all the many tasks and details involved with moving, without a doubt, packing will always be the most time-consuming and labor-intensive aspect of any moving process. Between deciding what will be packed, and what will remain behind, or even left at the end of the driveway for removal, there seems to be an endless amount of items or belongings that have to be dealt with in some fashion.
When it comes down to the actual moment to begin packing, it is best to have a good plan, some good friends to help, and a good supply of boxes. Hopefully, these tips and ideas will get you started in a more organized and stress-free manner, and help you save a bit of time, energy, and patience.
All-Purpose Packing Guidelines
- Pack Suitcases – For each member of the family, create a single suitcase or backpack containing all the necessities they would require if they were going on a three-day trip or vacation. These critical necessities would include three changes of clothes suitable to work in, toiletries, prescriptions, eyeglasses, and other crucial must-have items. Keep these things separate from the rest of packed items for handy access when you arrive, such as in the car, or at the new residence, so everything will be readily available for the first few days without having to search through boxes.
- ‘Open Me First’ Boxes – Create an ‘open me first’ box for every room, visibly labeled in a different color from the other boxes, containing the items that can be immediately available upon arrival. These would include soap, towels, toilet paper, coffee maker, paper cups, plates and utensils, and so on
- Pack One Room at A Time – Wherever and whenever it is possible, set up your moving operation to work on packing just one room at a time, instead of all of the rooms, all at once. This will allow you to maintain a better focus, hold your overall objective, and keep things organized.
- Lighten The Load – Use this opportunity of packing as a way to clean out or get rid of all those belongings that you can live without in your new residence. Set aside the items that can be given away or used for donations, yard sales, or brought to the recycling center. Your goal should be to eliminate at least one-third of your belongings.
- Ergonomic Packing – Instead of using the floor as a packing or organizing platform, make use a completely cleared table top or counter in each room for packing and organizing all your boxes. Not only will find you will get much more accomplished in this manner, but your body will undergo a lot less wear-and-tear.
- No-Sweating the Small Stuff – When it comes time for taking apart those larger items to be moved, such as entertainment centers, tables, desks, or bureaus, place all the necessary hardware that is removed, such as nuts, bolts, screws, and brackets into small plastic baggies, and tape them securely to the underside of each item. This will save time and frustration during the re-assembly process.
- Cushioning The Blow – You can make great use of your not-so-good or older sets of towels, pillows, linens, and even old t-shirts when packing boxes or containers to use as extra padding around any fragile belongings. This will make better use of the extra space left in those boxes as well.
- Don’t Scrimp on The Tape – Tape all the boxes along the seams where the top or closing flaps come together. Then apply the tape in a perpendicular fashion to the first line of tape, and at the center to form a cross. The more tape you apply, the stronger the box becomes, and the more secure those contents will remain during the handling process.
- Maintain The 30-pound Rule – For the sake of your belongings, and your back, be sure to keep the weight of each box at or below a 30-pound limit wherever possible. Moving heavier boxes can lead to aches, pains, and injuries for everyone involve with the move. The heavier the box, the more likely it will burst the tape or seams, which will lead to unnecessary damage, or being dropped. Use a bathroom scale to ensure the boxes remain below the weight limit.
- Its All in The Stacking – Stack all your boxes in the most sensible and most organized manner, with the heaviest boxes on the bottom, and the lightest on the top to prevent shifting, crushing, or falling during the shipping or transporting phase of the move.
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