5 Industry Moving & Packing Tips
The big day is quickly approaching and the family is just now feeling the moving jitters. The excitement of moving to a new house can easily be overshadowed by the daunting task of actually getting yourself and all of your belongings across town. It does not have to be a stressful experience if done properly. With a few industry moving and packing tips, you will be amazed at how swift a move can be. From purging the junk to packing boxes in just the right way, there are strategies that will transform your move from a potential disaster into an efficient system. Here are five must-do tips to move you in the right direction:
- Garage Sale: The most important step that needs to be done in advance is the big purge of all those things collecting dust. The trick to the process is to go into each room and closet and take a quick inventory of everything you own. You will be surprised by how much you actually have been hording for all these years. This should motivate you to start chucking items into a few big garage sale boxes; maybe even some sentimental items. While you should hang onto those photos and yearbooks, things like an old baseball bat, your favorite jeans that won’t ever fit again, or the VHS collection are all prime items for a yard sale. Clean the closets out well and do not take any clothes you haven’t worn in the past couple years. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “Do I love it?” and “Do I use it?” – if both answers are no, you know what to do. It may be hard at first to say good bye, but you will feel ten times lighter. Have your garage sale six weeks before the move to get off on the right foot and get a better idea of what you have left to pack up.
- Room-by-Room Packing: A common mistake people make when packing up a home is that they tend to organize boxes by type of contents instead of by the room the items belong to. If you plan on having a similar setup in your new home, it will save a lot of time and energy if you can pack up one room and easily unpack it into one room without having to search through all the boxes. Don’t be tempted to fill a kitchen box with the living room or closet stuff because there is extra space, it will just add unnecessary confusion once you move in and unpack.
- Necessities List: The basics required for daily life should NOT be packed into boxes. Once boxes are packed, taped, loaded, and in transit, you won’t be able to access anything in them. Realizing that in advance can help you prepare a list of necessities that you know not to pack. Pay attention to what you use daily for a couple weeks prior to the moving day and jot down everything on a list. When the time comes to brush your teeth on moving day, you will be happy that both the toothpaste and your toothbrush are still around. Think of how important it is to leave behind some extra toilet paper; don’t forget to leave it out. Basic kitchen items, toiletries, 2-3 days worth of clothing, and bed linens are common on professional packers’ necessities lists.
- Strategic Labeling: Whether you are hiring professional movers or carrying the weight yourself, having a clear labeling system laid out in advance will make the move smooth sailing. There are a few different things you need to label on each box. Color-coded stickers can organize what room the box came from and is going to, numbers could determine the order boxes are loaded onto the truck, and writing “fragile” and “this end up” will help protect valuables and reduce unpacking disasters. Also, label what contents are in the box. For example, “Towels,” or “Kitchen utensils.” (Refer to tip #5.)
- Packing a Box: Within the limits of your room-by-room packing strategy, each box should have similar items in them. Clothes all go in one, towels all in another, and those endless piles of shoes in a third. This will help with labeling and easy organizing when unpacking. Also, do not forget that you need to pack the heaviest items on the bottom, and don’t overload boxes. Giant boxes seem great because they can fit a lot, but do not pack a lot of heavy items in them or it will take a fork lift to move around. Light items go in big boxes and the heavy yearbooks go in a small box, saving everyone from a strained back on moving day.