Packing is one of the most crucial parts of any relocation. Get it right, and you’ll have a peaceful transition with all your belonging making it safely to your new home. But the opposite is also true. Packing can literally make or break your move.
To help you transition into the new chapter of life without any accidents or regrets, here are some expert tips to pack like a pro!
1. Start with a Purge
We all have that inner-hoarder who loves nothing more than to hold on to everything. While this may only mean some clutter on an average day, the day of your big move is anything but average. Each additional item is going to bring an extra dose of stress, anxiety, and financial costs into your move. So you should start by getting rid of the all the non-essentials.
An easy way to figure out what to discard is by taking out anything that you haven’t used in the past three months. There’s a good chance that you don’t need these items, anyway.
Once you’ve got a list of everything you want to leave behind, you can put it up for sale either on a yard sale or on online platforms like Craigslist and eBay.
2. Use Every Storage Space
Using every available space is the key to minimizing the size footprint of your packings. Drawers are an excellent example of this. Everything that’s already in there can stay there, but you can also use any remaining space to store some additional items.
Just don’t forget to pack it shut using packing sheets or non-residual tape to keep the drawers from sliding open.
3. Pack by Room
By packing in dedicated boxes for every room, you can cut back on the confusion of figuring out where the relevant items are when it’s time to unpack. Finding the items for your bedroom becomes a lot easier when you can look into a box with “bedroom” boldly written on top of it.
4. Label Like a Librarian
Proper labeling can single-handedly take out a lot of stress out of the unpacking process.
Apart from the putting the name of the room, you can put lots of other relevant details about the contents of each box. For instance, you can have boxes with winter clothes, utensils and kitchenware, or electronics only. Furthermore, you can label items with “fragile” or “very fragile” to prevent any mishandling.
Don’t forget to label on the sides too. When the boxes are loaded up in the van, you won’t be able to see the top.
If you’re feeling particularly creative, consider using a different color tape or label for each room. This can easily shave some crucial minutes off the search for boxes belonging to each room.
Finally, don’t forget to number the boxes. This way, you’ll know instantly if a box goes missing.
5. Keep Your Boxes Light
A common packing mistake is trying to cram as much into a box as possible. Unless you want to look like a college kid dragging her bag full of heavy textbooks across a parking lot, you should keep your boxes on the lighter side.
It’s better to have two medium-weight boxes than a gigantic box that feels like moving a wrecking ball.
Some Final Thoughts on Packing
While the above tips will help ease the DIY packing process, leaving the whole thing to professionals is almost always the better choice.
Even if we put aside the stress, anxiety, and energy cost of doing it by yourself, the risk of damaging your cherished belongings cannot be ignored.
For instance, using the wrong tape and material can result in your items falling out of the box as it rips open. Using newspapers can sometimes leave smudges of ink all over your belongings. Losing tiny items like screws and keys is all too common. And failing to secure your packages properly can result in scratches, dents, and outright breakage.
By working with a team of Bluebird Cleaner veterans, all your packing and unpacking will be in the hands of people who do this for a living. They’ve done this enough times to predict points of failure and fix problems before they get the chance to become problematic.
If you want to forget about the millions of boxes to pack and spend that time relaxing with your loved ones, get your free zero-obligations packing and unpacking service in Kensington quote today.