Packing up for that big move can seem like an overwhelming project, but there are some things you can do to make packing easier!
As an experienced moving company in Nashville, Motivated Movers is very familiar with the steps necessary to effectively pack your home or office. Looking to pack yourself? No problem!
Check out these top 10 packing tips to help with your next big move.
#1 Get Rid of Your Giveaways First
In most moving scenarios, there are things that people decide they can do without. For example, those cracked dishes that you have held onto but really need to trash? Now is the time! Anything you don’t use or any clothes you no longer wear, donate them – it will make packing your home much easier.
Don’t waste your time packing these items and moving them to your new location. Two weeks prior to your moving date, start getting rid of your giveaway items. You can give things you no longer use to friends or relatives. You can also donate them to charity.
Make sure to include out-of-date food items and medicines on this list. Clean out the pantry, refrigerator, and medicine cabinet to get rid of items that are no longer useful and possibly dangerous to consume.
Label the outside of each box. Include which room it is to be delivered to, a brief description of the contents (i.e. glassware, towels, etc.), and note if the contents are fragile. You may even want to number the boxes in the order they should be unpacked (completely optional).
Labeling boxes saves you time because instead of having to open each individual box to determine where it goes, you can tell with just a quick glance at the outside of the box. If you need a particular item, you will be able to identify exactly where it is without a ton of effort.
Make sure you label the top and sides of each box so that you can identify where they go and what is in each box, even if they are stacked.
#3 Pack an “Open Me First” Box with Essentials
Moving day can be exhausting. Chances are you may not get around to completely unpacking everything on day one. This is why it’s important to pack an “open me first” box of essentials.
This box needs to include a change of clothes, essential toiletries, alarm clock, and any kitchen items you will need for the next day. There may be other items that are essential to your particular routine. Pack those as well!
#4 Secure Liquids and Small Items in Ziploc Bags
If you have ever had the misfortune of having a bottle of shampoo, dishwashing liquid, or other household liquid come open during a move then you know what a big hassle that can be. To combat this possibility, pack all liquids in large ziploc bags. If the bottle is too big to fit in a large ziploc bag, consider putting it in a plastic shopping bag and tying it shut.
Sandwich bags are great for moving smaller items like jewelry or hardware that is removed from furniture for moving. Small items can easily slip out of boxes. Use a small ziploc bag to keep your belongings safe and together.
#5 Pack Nonessential Items First
When moving, begin packing your nonessential items first and save the items you use frequently for last. Nonessential items can include out-of-season clothing, holiday decorations, wall art, and anything else that you can do without until the move is complete.
This allows you to begin packing early so you aren’t in a rush as moving day approaches. The last couple of days before your move should be devoted to packing the essentials.
#6 Use Towels and Washcloths to Pack Fragile Items
You have to move your towels and washcloths anyway, so why not make good use of them during your move? You can use them to wrap breakables such as picture frames and glassware.
This will not only help you to get your towels and washcloths packed, it will save you money because you won’t need as much packing paper or bubble wrap. You can even use clothing items for this purpose. Put the items you already own to work for you.
#7 Pack Your Plates Vertically
Instead of stacking your plates flat in the box, stack them vertically like hanging files or records. This puts less stress on them and makes them less likely to get broken during your move. It saves you the disappointment of opening a box full of broken plate shards, which could take away from the joy of moving into your new home.
#8 Pack Large Items on Bottom with Lighter Objects on Top
When packing each box, place heavier items on the bottom with lighter objects on top. This keeps the center of gravity lower making your box more stable. It also keeps smaller items from being crushed under the weight of larger items.
#9 Don’t Make Boxes Too Heavy
Make sure that you aren’t making your boxes too heavy. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes to combat the problem. You don’t want to pack a large box full of books or dishes. Not only will the box tear under the weight, you won’t be able to safely lift the box. When packing, keep in mind that each box is going to be lifted and carried to a truck and then unloaded as well.
#10 Consider Hiring Professionals
If packing seems too overwhelming, or if you just don’t have the time necessary to get it done, consider hiring professionals to do the work for you.
At Motivated Movers, we are trained to pack and unpack your belongings in a manner that is both safe and efficient. We can do everything from providing moving supplies, such as boxes and bubble wrap, to completely packing up your home for the move.
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