Moving? Tips for an Easy Move & Simplified Packing!
Posted June 15, 2022 By Phyllis
5 Tips for an Easy Move: 1. Start Early: On an average 3-bedroom home it could take you 3-4 full days packing. That’s after decluttering, and once you have all the supplies! 2. Anything you won’t be using before your move can be packed. This includes: Seasonal items Guest rooms Basements Good China you only use on holidays Anything you don’t use, but can’t get rid of because of all the memories 3.Don’t Leave the Kitchen for Last!: Kitchens take the longest to pack, mostly due to all the breakables and appliances that need to be properly protected. 4. Create a Survival Bins: These are do not pack items such as daily medicine, 2 weeks of clothes, a few kid toys, pet essentials, important documents, cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and plastic utensils 5. Create a Tool Bin: This Bin will go with you- you will need a kit of tools that will help you set up your new home. This includes: Hammer, Nails, Screwdriver, Screws, Drill/Drill battery pack and plug, Allen keys, Anything you think you’ll need to put together bed frames, reassemble chairs, or just get your house in order. Ready to Pack for your Big Move? Here are 11 Easy to follow Tips: 1. Set up a packing area Use a table, you will need a space to put all packing supplies in one area. Labels, tape, boxes, markers scissors, packing material. Labels are a must! We love these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094V4YL2D?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_JFA3KD9J7TAW1N5DWKNY&th=1 Label your boxes, always mark what is in it. Mark if it is Fragile or Priority to open. 2. Get Moving Boxes Get a variety of size boxes: An important moving tool is to have a good mix of smaller boxes and larger boxes- this will make the packing process a bit easier- Check with your movers to see if they sell boxes Use the small boxes for heavier items and large boxes for lighter items. If you have only large boxes, you’ll end up filling free space with bunched-up paper and waste packing material as well as space in the moving truck. 3. Don’t Pack what you don’t need If you haven’t used it, donate it. If you don’t love it pass it along 4. Don’t Go Down Memory Lane Taking the time to reminisce over every item you own is going to eat up your time. Wait until you unpack to reminisce 5. Be sure to go Room to Room Try not to move onto the next room before you finish the one you started 6. Use only containers that seal for packing The last thing you want is for your container/box to open and spill contents 7. Don’t Empty those Dressers! For simple moving, take the drawers out and use a protective wrap. This way one person can easily move them and gives you a break from packing boxes for a minute. 8. Heavy Stuff Goes On the Bottom Packing is an art. There’s an order to it--Heavy stuff on the bottom, light items on top. Keep fragile items together in their own box. No amount of packing paper will protect your grandmother’s vase from your cast-iron pan. It’s exactly like bagging your groceries. You don’t want to crush your light items, and the heavy items will help hold the boxes right side up. Each box should weigh no more than 50 lb 9. Best Packing Paper to Use: https://www.amazon.com/Packing-Paper-Sheets-Moving-Newsprint/dp/B07Z8G76XQ/ref=sxts_rp_s_2_0?content-id=amzn1.sym.0ba0477a-40ed-4e81-ad3d-4795b0f9f147%3Aamzn1.sym.0ba0477a-40ed-4e81-ad3d-4795b0f9f147&crid=33SKTAIOI54LW&cv_ct_cx=packing+paper+for+moving&keywords=packing+paper+for+moving&pd_rd_i=B07Z8G76XQ&pd_rd_r=eb4e47ab-e1d1-4a82-8bb7-eae981e42f92&pd_rd_w=aQPGq&pd_rd_wg=ZM6gi&pf_rd_p=0ba0477a-40ed-4e81-ad3d-4795b0f9f147&pf_rd_r=K0G3215KSFD34MES4YYF&psc=1&qid=1654706397&sprefix=packi%2Caps%2C119&sr=1-2-f0029781-b79b-4b60-9cb0-eeda4dea34d6 10.Put small Items in Ziplock bags first and leave no space in moving boxes Space in boxes can allow your items more room to rattle around and potentially break. Space also increases the risk of crushing. Make use of every available nook and cranny by using packing materials or soft objects like your clothes to fill spaces between bigger, more rigid items. Use packing paper only when you absolutely can’t fit anything. If the box is almost full adding more will make it too heavy. 11. Misc: Seal all open bottles with tape or place in Ziploc bag to prevent spills Bundle long items together--such as brooms, rakes, or curtain rods Pack lamps and lampshades separately: Lamps and lampshades together make it difficult to pack