So you’ve got a big move coming up. Even if it’s just a hop, skip, and jump across town, moving can be a stressful time. And one of the biggest stressors? Making sure all of your household goods arrive safe and whole. You wouldn’t want that antique cuckoo clock to be totally unusable, or for your heirloom china dishes to arrive in dozens of ceramic shards. So, before you start loading up the moving truck, try these tips to pack like the pros.
Before you even tape together the first box, take some time to do some serious organization. You’ll want to go room by room and sort through everything — and yes, we mean everything. We accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, so use your move as an excuse to pare down and get rid of whatever you never use. Donate, sell, or trash it as you see fit. Just remember, whatever you get rid of is less that you have to pack, haul, and unload.
You’ll also want to invest in better packing materials. Some items, like blankets and clothes, don’t necessarily need strong boxes. Use your freebie recycled boxes on those. For heavier and fragile items, however, you’ll want to invest in better packing materials. Cardboard can wear down over time, so you will need at least some brand new boxes. In addition, a packing tape gun isn’t going to break the bank, and it’ll make taping up boxes so much easier. We also suggest colored tape or some other marking system so you can color-code and organize your boxes by room. That’ll cut down on confusion when it comes time to unpack.
Packing should be a bit more organized than just flinging things in boxes willy-nilly. Try to keep items for a certain room in the same box. At the same time, you’ll also want to consider size. If smaller things can be bested in or packed around larger items (without making the box too heavy), that can save space. You can also use things like towels, sheets, and blankets to layer between breakable items. Newspaper, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap can also create a cushion to minimize damage to fragile items, so wrap and tape that protective barrier around breakables, and give them some extra cushion as needed. Clearly mark any boxes filled with fragile items so you don’t drop that box of college textbooks on top of your wine glasses.
Packing Oversized Items
Many people have trouble packing the large and awkwardly shaped items in the household in such a way that they’re actually protected. This is going to vary from item to item, but your general rule of thumb is going to be bubble wrap and cutting cardboard boxes to create the right size bespoke box. You can also hire moving help just to pack up and move your fragile and oversized items. That way, you’ll get the added protection of the moving company’s insurance and expertise.