You’ve rented a new house, and you are set to pack. Looking around your house might scare you of the number of items you have to pack. Packing is one of the most energy-required parts of relocation. This is one of the best times to declutter, clean, and make your life simple.
The best approach to packing is first to get all the moving materials and supplies needed and start packing room by room. You will find our compiled guide that will simplify packing for you and also know the items you need to get.
General Step to Packing for a Move
Packing is one of the most tiring and stressful tasks when moving. You will easily be able to keep track of your items during the move and also to unpack when you get to your destination after you arrange them based on room use, functions, and other essential factors.
Follow below steps to pack your belonging for a move:
You must first prepare for the move before you even start packing. Creating a packing calendar is such an excellent idea to make sure you complete the task before moving day. Make sure you plan things out well so that you won’t be overwhelmed by the stress of moving. Similarly, be sure to get the standard moving supplies such as packing tape, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and other supplies that may be needed.
Purge before Packing
The next step is to determine the number of items you own. Seize this opportunity to get rid of those non-essential items in your home to create more space and reduce effort and moving cost. Break your items into separate categories, one for the items you are moving, one for the one you will sell or donate, and the last one for the items you are disposing of. Once you are left with the items you are moving, then you can come up with an approach to tackle it. Begin the packing with your bulky items. Don’t hesitate to donate that couch that won’t fit in your new home, or if you plan to get another, then sell off or donate the old one.
Gather your Moving Supplies
You can waste your precious time if you suddenly run out of moving supplies in the middle of your packing. The following moving supplies are needed for a successful move:
- Get cheap or free moving boxes: Website like movingfeedback.com is available for you to search for used moving boxes. You can also ask your family and friends if they have any. Get different sizes of moving boxes and make sure they are in good shape. Places such as supermarkets, grocery stores, warehouses, and more are good places to find free moving boxes.
- Buy or get bubble wrap for free: Your belongings are protected by bubble wrap while in transit. Fortunately, they come cheap at department or office supply stores if you cannot find them for free on Facebook.
- Rent a dolly: Carrying moving boxes from one place to another is a very stressful task that could lead to the dropping of boxes. Rent a dolly from a moving company or a home improvement store to preventing drops while moving your boxes.
Go For Moving Checklist
Start making a list of the belongings you plan to move. This list should be compiled based on each room as it will help you in organizing and keeping track of your highly prized items. Then proceed to gather packing and moving supplies such as blankets, moving boxes, padding tape, and other supplies needed to protect your belongings on the move. Make sure you combine your items based on function – for instance, kitchen items are to be packed together. Make sure you label each box that contains your items so that you can easily place them in the appropriate room in your new home.
You can indicate the room name, the items in the box, and state whether the box contents are fragile or not. For instance, you can label a box you packed as bathroom/soap and sponges/ not fragile.
Figure out “Last on, First off” Items
Figure out items that you will need easy access to in your new home. Make sure they are the last items you load onto the moving truck so you can unload them first at your destination. This will give you easy access to your important items.
Make a “Don’t Pack Section”
There are certainly some belongings you don’t want to pack or load into the truck. Such items may be very expensive or have sentimental value to you, such as financial documents, jewelry, or family photos. Hazardous or perishable items are also not allowed by professional moving companies. Leave a separate room where you will pack items that you are not loading into the moving truck. Be sure to inform your packers and movers not to pack or load such items into the truck.
Pack One Room at a Time
Packing some items can be so difficult. The feeling to leave such items for the last may come – resist it. Packing each room completely before moving to another will ensure you don’t just have difficult items for the last. This will enable you to determine the progress you’ve made and also know how many items you have left.
Mark Moving Boxes to Determine Unpacking Priority
Make sure you indicate the priority for packing a box when labeled. You can mark “1” on the boxes that contain important stuff that you may need when you get to your new home, “2” for items that you will need within the first week in your new home and “3” for items that you don’t need to unpack at any time soon. You could also use alphabet or color coding as well.
To sum it up
Packing can also be a stress-free task. You can have a good start off on your move when you have a proper plan in place. You can hire professional moving services that also offer packing services if you feel you cannot handle the packing. Mover Van Lines are equipped with professional packers to help you with your move. Check out our packing services here.