Moving is a long process that involves a lot of planning. Whether moving to an apartment some blocks away or in another city, how you move is important. Part of moving is packing your items well to reduce stress and cost. The following is a beginner’s guide to packing your items for a streamlined move.
Before everything else, declutter your rooms and leave only the items you will be moving. Start early and sort out your things in several categories like to move, sell, throw away and donate. Ensure your items are sorted early enough and leave only the items that must be packed.
Recycle Packing Materials
Instead of buying everything, consider recycling the materials in your house for packing. For example, you can pack electronics in their original boxes instead of purchasing new ones. Wrap the knives and spoons with your kitchen towels. You can also recycle cardboard and use bags to pack some. Using linen to wrap the dishes can also be a good idea. If you don’t have enough, ask your friends to assist you but make sure you return the boxes when done. Meyer Moving can also provide packing supplies, but you have to agree.
Gather Packing Supplies in Advance
You might not get some packing supplies, so you have to buy or borrow. Some of these supplies, like sealing tape and blankets, are vital. Therefore, get them in advance to ensure you are settled. You can also ask the moving company to provide.
Create an Inventory List
A good way of making packing easy is by creating an inventory list. Go room by room and create a list of the items you will be packing. This helps you get the right packing materials. It also enables you to create a deadline for packing. A list also ensures you don’t leave anything behind.
Label the Boxes
Another way of making packing easy is labeling the boxes. Make sure you pack things that belong to the same room in the same boxes. You can use color code to differentiate the boxes or a marker to label them. Make sure you indicate fragile items and where every box belongs. This will make it easy to find things when unpacking or avoid damaging the fragile ones.
Use Wraps for Dishes and Cutlery
Make sure you provide extra cushions for dishes and fragile cutlery. You should also wrap every dish on its own to prevent scratching and stack them in the box. Pack them on the side to reduce the chances of breaking and use strong boxes.
Take Pictures or Videos When Disassembling Items
If you have items that require disassembling, make sure you take videos and pictures when doing so. It will help you assemble them correctly when you get to your new place. Put nuts and other small pieces of every item together to avoid mixing with others.
Pack a Bag of Essentials
You will need to use some items before you can unpack everything. Therefore, ensure you have a bag of essentials so you don’t have to tear every box looking for a toothbrush or a tissue roll. So, pack your charger, toothbrush, change of clothes, toiletries, and anything else you frequently use.
Now that you know how to pack to make moving stress-free relax and ensure you have enough time to do so. Do it bit by bit, so you are ready on a moving day.