Packing for a move, and the move itself, is not among the most exciting things that can happen in your lifetime. In fact, it can be one of the most daunting tasks ever. You may even be worried about losing pieces of important belongings here and there throughout the process. With a few tips, you may not be able to squeeze all of the boring out of the process, but you can make it a bit more bearable by knowing that there is less of a chance of losing anything. In addition, you may be able to speed things along and get done with it faster. Here are a few packing tips to help:
Start with Your Basic Belongings.
First and foremost, you should always start packing the items that you no longer use because they are out of season or they are for special occasions. This includes off-season clothing and your grandmother's china. While packing, make sure that you never mix rooms in the boxes – keep one room in a box. You should also start getting rid of items that are no longer needed. You can donate good items and discard the ones that aren't in good enough shape to donate.
Think About of Your Packing Box.
When moving, you want to save as much money as possible. For that reason, you need to take a close look at the things in your home, as you have plenty of things that can be used as packing supplies to cut down on what you have to actually buy.
For example, you can use socks, towels and linens to protect your kitchen dishes and glassware inside boxes. You can wrap good, high-quality shoes in your bathroom shower caps before stacking them in a box. You can also utilize your suitcases to carry heavy items, such as books, to make them easier to transport.
It's All in the Bag!
One of the key steps to painless, speedy packing is right in your kitchen: plastic wrap, sandwich bags and garbage bags. These items have numerous uses when packing.
You can use plastic wrap to keep your necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry from getting tangled up during the move. You just need to lay down one piece of wrap, place your jewelry on the top of one half and then fold the wrap over the items to ensure that they stay in place during the move. Plastic wrap should also be used on liquids that have been opened by placing a piece before securing the top.
Bolts and screws from furniture pieces that have to be taken apart can be placed in sandwich bags and labeled. Blankets and pillows can be placed in garbage bags to later be used as padding in the moving truck.
Don't Underestimate the Power of Labeling.
When packing, don't forget to label your boxes. Many find a color-coded system to work best, but anything will work so long as your boxes are labeled. If there's a box of breakable items, make sure that it has been clearly marked as fragile. Make sure to label the boxes with the room that they go in and even a short list of the items that are inside to help you even more when you arrive at the new house.