Packing Things for Moving
Packing doesn’t have to be a hassle, especially when is planned in advance.
But before you start putting everything in boxes, ask yourself what items will fit well in your new location, what items you no longer use, which one is broken, and which one you will bring with you.
Maybe your friends or someone in need may benefit from some clothing pieces and electronics that you don’t use. As for furniture items that don’t fit your new place, especially if you are downsizing, it can be stored in a self-storage facility.
Garage sales or selling your items online are also a good option if you want to make some money to pay off the moving expenses.
However, you should keep in mind that in most states garage sales require a license.
To help you out, we created a guide to making the packing experience a little bit more pleasant.
Make a list of all of the packing supplies needed:
You don’t want to end up figuring out half the way that your boxes aren’t big enough or you don’t have enough boxes, wrapping sheets, and bubble wraps. You don’t want your souvenirs and vases to get into your new place in pieces.
For expensive or rare items such as fine art or old books, you may want to consult a professional but for everything else, you can get away with :
- Padding and bubble wraps
- Wrapping sheets, newspaper or blank sheets
- A small knife and scissors
- High-quality tape
- Permanent marker or labeling stickers
After you are done buying all of the supplies, make sure you store all of the valuable items in sturdy boxes or carry them with you, if you can. If you are still looking for packing supplies, you can check out our Packing Boxes Shop.
Put all the paperwork in one place:
Moving to a new location is not all about packing boxes, is also about keeping track of all of the paperwork involved, including the moving company, which items you will donate, how much money you made from the items you sold, etc.
Also, keep in mind that if you hold a garage sale you will need paperwork in some states for it as well.
Put all of the documents in a folder, including medical records, the moving company reservation, reservations for a hotel room or any other documents you need during the move.
This is extremely important since all of your belongings will be in boxes and if you can’t find the papers right away you might end up losing reservations and money in the process. On top of it, you don’t want to search for the hotel reservation in your purse when the folder is in a box carried by the moving company. Make sure you keep the folder in your purse or a bag instead.
Save money by using old clothes for padding:
In some cases, old clothes shouldn’t be thrown away, at least not right away. Although this may mean you have to buy some new clothes!
If you are working on a tight budget consider using old clothing instead of buying bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Not all items will be protected by old clothing and in some cases, you will need bubble wraps, but for the less sensitive ones, old fabrics can do the job.
Glassware can be stored inside a sock and plates can be stored in boxes with thick towels. Just make sure the plates and glasses don’t cling to each other.
Make room for packing:
Sofas and furniture can often stay in the way of packing.
You may have to find a spacious, empty room where you build a “packing station” in your house. This implies a clean, big room where you can place all of the boxes, the wrapping supplies and where you can sort what items you will bring with you and which one will be left behind.
How to pack:
Invest in high-quality sturdy boxes instead of reusing old boxes that may be already damaged. Place the heavier items at the bottom of the box and make sure you don’t have much air inside, instead, use layers of wrapping. This could mean bubble wrap, old clothing or packing peanuts. Layers of wrapping will prevent your belongings from being damaged during the move.
If you don’t have wrapping peanuts you can replace them with small pieces of newspaper or cotton balls to protect your fragile belongings.
If you are working with a moving company make sure you ask what kind of items they offer insurance for and what kind of items they can’t carry.
In most cases, flower pots, inflammable items, and pets won’t be allowed in the truck of a moving company. Make sure you ask the company you are working with what kind of items are allowed.
Before you put everything into boxes take some photos of the state of your items that you suspect that are at risk of getting damaged. This will serve as proof in case you ask for claims and damages.
If you own any expensive jewelry you might want to buy a jewelry box if you don’t have one already and place it in your purse instead of using a regular box.
To make it easier for you to find your items after you start unpacking in your new location, label each box. Start by packing one room at a time and label the boxes by room and by what items the boxes contain.
This helps even the movers put every box in the room it should be put into. Especially, if they aren’t in a rush. Putting some cash aside for tipping the movers is a good idea as well, usually, the movers will help you out outside their job requirements.
Take apart bigger items:
Some furniture pieces can be taken apart with no harm done, this also applies to hardware and some electronics. Put all of the smaller items in ziplock bags and the bigger parts in boxes with packing peanuts. Label each bag and you are good to go.
This will not only save space but also decrease the chance of having your belongings damaged.
Professional movers expect your home to be organized, this makes their job and yours easier. Start by cleaning out each room, starting with the one that has the most junk.
Empty the drawers and look under the tables, sofas and after closets as well.
If you are selling the home or someone will move in your old place right away, cleanliness is vital, make sure you leave nothing behind. If you feel you have too many items you don’t use, make a separate pile and donate, sell or throw them away.
Don’t Close the Boxes One by One
If you do so, you might discover later that they are more items that should be placed in the boxes that are corresponded with the bedroom or kitchen.
Close the boxes only after you finished packing every item, you never know when you will find something that belongs in the living room in the kitchen.
There are also items that you shouldn’t seal them with duct tape in big boxes, items that you will need right away after you get to your new location.
For example, toilet paper, soaps, showering girls, underwear and pajamas should be packed in smaller labeled boxes.
Snacks should be also packed in smaller boxes or in bags that should be carried by you personally in case someone gets hungry.
Items You Should Carry Personally
Snacks, essentials and expensive items should be carried personally in small boxes. If you are currently on medication, pills, injections, and syrups should also be in your bag or purse at all times in case of an emergency.
Also, make sure you have your phone charger with you in your purse, in case you will have to contact the real estate agent or the moving company the next day.
Things You Shouldn’t Do When Packing
They are a few don’t of packing that can transform your packing experience into a nightmare, to avoid it, avoid the following:
- Old, fragile boxes
- Wet items that might damage the box
- Unlabelled boxes
- Not enough wrapping for each item
- Inflammable items
- Glass bottles filled with liquids
- Fine jewelry