So you’re moving and your home has turned into a madhouse with boxes and knick knacks strewn about. While it may be tempting to simply throw your belongings in the nearest box, proper packing should be a priority. You just have to put stuff in a box, how difficult can that be? The answer is not very difficult, but there are some strategies you will want to employ to ensure all of your items arrive at your new home in the same condition as when you left as well as make unpacking a breeze.
You may be tempted to shove as many things as possible into each box. Cutting down on the number of boxes will save time and money you say. This might work for certain items, but shoving every kitchen appliance in your possession in a single box will not be so great when you have to pick it up. If your boxes are too cumbersome to move, it will not matter whether you had ten or one hundred boxes. Keep a box under a certain weight that you know you can lift without too much strain.
When you’re packing, you might be thinking about how great it will feel to finally unpack all your items in your new home. For greater ease in accomplishing this goal, you should pack items that belong together or in the same room in the same box. Another tip is to label the contents of boxes so you know which boxes go where once you start to unpack.
Some things are just not meant to be together, like glassware in a moving box. A little packing paper goes a long way, especially for kitchen items, keeping them from clinching and chipping. Even a thin layer between items can help prevent damage or shifting in boxes.
Pad Precious Items
The items that make up your home are important; no one wants breakable treasures damaged in transit. There is always risk when putting delicate items in a cardboard box, but you can help to minimize that risk by securely packing fragile items and padding them to prevent harm as they jostle in a moving box. Packing peanuts or bubble wrap are great options, but household items can also securely cushion your valuables. The goal here is keep items as immobile as possible as well as surrounded by soft protection.
This may seem like common knowledge, but securely taping is a must when packing. Haphazardly closing a box can cause it to pop open if it moves too much or topples over. Something as simple as securely taping a box shut will keep you from the headache of picking up trinkets scattered around the back of a moving van or trunk.
The task of packing and moving is daunting, but take some deep breaths, you’re almost there. Just remind yourself that you will soon be unpacking perfectly packed boxes with ease in your new home.