DIY tips for busy professionals who are facing a move. Are you facing a move in the near future or know someone who is? Moving can be exciting but also overwhelming, which is why we've put together these packing tips to simplify the process for you. For more help, contact us to help you pack, get your move organized or unpack and organize your new home. We're here to make it easy on you.
- Locating boxes. If your moving company is not providing the boxes or you are making a local move, you have a a couple of options for obtaining supplies. Many moving companies offer used boxes for a reduced price or free. Also, grocery shops and liquor stores give away free boxes. Grocery stores typically unpack supplies in the morning so get there early before they have already recycled them.
- Order matters. You do not want to start the packing process with your kitchen or you will not be able to eat and serve meals for a week or longer. Begin with storage areas and closets that do not get used as often. If you do not expect a smooth transition from one home to the next or if space to store packed boxes is minimal, consider renting a PODS storage unit to hold boxes as you pack them. Order also matters within each box. Larger items (like books) should be packed in small boxes or on the bottom only of larger boxes or they will get too heavy to lift. Lighter and delicate items should be placed near the top of boxes or in larger boxes.
- Tricks of the trade. Plates should be packed on their sides, not flat. Placing a foam plate between each one and then wrapping a pack in paper gives good protection. Use Glad Press & Seal to keep items in divided trays (think silverware drawer). Items stored in furniture drawers can stay put. To keep drawers from opening, wrap your furniture with stretch wrap film. Hanging clothing can be left on hangers. Use a trash bag and punch a hole in the bottom with your fingers. Place a group of hangers (10-15) through the whole to create a makeshift garment bag out of the trash bag. Place a second bag on the bottom of the clothing and pull up. The two bags can be sealed with packing tape to protect your clothing. Hanging clothing packs stack nicely on the back seat of a car or on top of boxes in the truck.
- Labeling is important. Whether you label the boxes with the room they should go to, the room they came from or the contents of the box, the key is to stay consistent. If movers will be carrying in the boxes, they are going to be looking for writing that tells them which room your box will go to. Signs on bedroom doors will help them know where to bring the boxes. Labeling things like curtain rods, hooks & nails for hanging things, cords & cables will also be a lifesaver on the other end. If your electronics cords scare you, take a picture of how they are all hooked up before you unhook and pack them. It's also wise to backup your computer before unhooking. It may be awhile before it is hooked back up to your back up drive.
- Pack for your trip. If you are moving across country, you will need to pack for the travel days to your destination. I recommend packing for more days than expected, just in case. Moving vans are notorious for arriving late and sometimes boxes do not get unpacked immediately. You will also want to put together an emergency folder to have with you in the car. Vital records, bills to pay, moving company information and to do lists can be stored here. Lastly, pack an essentials box with items you will need right away when you move in (toilet paper, paper plates, cutlery, coffee, etc).