Moving to a new home can be incredibly stressful. As you try to organize your belongings, purchase supplies, arrange logistics, and emotionally handle leaving your current space, the professional packing of items often gets pushed down the priority list. But proper packing is one of the most critical parts of an efficient and successful move.
When items are packed poorly, things inevitably get broken, damaged, or lost in transit. This costs time and money to replace belongings and can also take an emotional toll. On the other hand, a professional packing job helps ensure your precious items and cherished memories make it safely to your new dwelling.
As seasoned movers, we cannot stress enough the importance of proper packing technique and strategy. We created this comprehensive guide so you can unleash maximum efficiency as you prepare to relocate. Follow our tested tips to complete the packing process with confidence, organization, and peace of mind.
Evaluate Your Packing Supplies
Before boxing up a single item, take inventory of your packing supplies. This includes boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, permanent markers, and other materials that help safely transport belongings. Home improvement stores have affordable options if you need to stock up on certain products.
As you tally supplies, focus on having boxes of multiple sizes and strengths. You don’t want Aunt Sally’s china shoved into an oversized box with room to rattle around. Measure glasses, dishes, artwork, electronics, furniture, and other fragile items to match them with snug boxes.
Prioritize a Quality Packing Process
With supplies in hand, grabbing and shoving things is tempting. Avoid that urge! Remember, a quality packing process is critical to safely moving your belongings. Follow these professionally recommended guidelines:
· Categorize possessions by room, so you pack methodically and track items effectively. Color code boxes by area and make an inventory list of each box’s contents.
· Wrap fragile items separately before packing them into boxes. Use liberal bubble wrap, packing paper, towel/clothing buffering, or other protection methods. Secure with tape.
· Fill extra internal box space with packing materials so items don’t shift during transport. Newspaper, packing peanuts, and air packets work nicely.
· Make boxes manageable to lift and transport by not overpacking them. 40-50 pounds is often the recommended maximum.
· Label boxes clearly on all sides indicating contents, priority status, fragile nature, room destination, etc. Use a permanent marker to avoid smudging or fading.
· Double box, very fragile possessions for added security. Surround in interior padding, then seal in an exterior compartment.
If that sounds like a lot of effort, quality packing is hard work! But you’ll appreciate the investment of time and care when your stuff arrives safely in your new home. For huge loads, you can always hire professional movers who are experts at efficiently packing boxes, disassembling furniture, and securing items for transit.
Pack Strategically By Room
As you pack room by room, implement these efficient strategies to keep the process organized:
Kitchen: Pack seldom-used items like specialty cooking appliances (bread maker, pasta roller, dehydrator) since you won’t need daily access.
Protect plates, glasses, and stemware with liberal wrapping before gently placing them in boxes vertically.
Keep everyday dishes/pots accessible until moving, then pack just before loading the truck.
Bathrooms: Since you’ll require bathroom supplies during the packing phase, categorize items into “pack now” and “pack at very end” boxes. Extra towels/sheets, cleaning products, and first aid items can be packed in advance. Toiletry/hygiene items should wait until the final sweep.
Bedrooms: Clothing can be packed early since you won’t need immediate access; just be sure to leave out everyday essential wear. Use suitcases, garment boxes, and wardrobe moving boxes to transport hanging clothing safely. Take bedding, pillows, lamps, and decor off beds for moving, then disassemble bed frames last.
Living Spaces: The priority here is electronics, wall hangings, shelves, and furniture that require disassembly. Box electronic items carefully by wrapping them first with padding/paper. Label cords clearly to quickly reconnect. Pack books tightly into small, sturdy boxes. Remove furniture, drawers, legs, or hardware and label for reassembly.
Executing an efficient, room-by-room packing strategy keeps the process smooth and organized. Be sure to handle the emotional experience gently as you observe empty spaces and say goodbye to your old home. Know that your memories are safe in your packed boxes before making new ones.