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Helpful Packing Tips To Make Moving Easier

by Virgil Hopkins

Moving can be tough, it doesn't matter if you live in a three story home or a small studio apartment. It can be quite surprising how much stuff you actually have in your home. With some careful planning and a few helpful tips, you can make packing and moving a little easier on yourself and your entire family. See below for some tips on packing.

Don't Wait

Don't wait until the day before your movers come to your home to begin packing. It can take quite awhile to pack, so give yourself a week or two if needed. By taking your time and packing up one room at a time, it will make unpacking and finding things much easier.

Make Use Of Empty Space

When packing, use up as much space as you can in each box. If you don't, you'll have a ton of light, half-empty boxes, which can be overwhelming. You can use space such as filling crock-pots or pots and pans with your spices. Fill up your luggage and suitcases with personal items such as clothing or shoes. You can also store items in your washer and dryer, such as dirty clothing or your towels.

Be Crafty

You don't have to move all of your items in boxes, especially if you don't have the money to afford fancy moving boxes.

  • Pack up your clothing in your closet by placing your clothes in large sized garbage bags with draw-strings, while keeping them on the hanger. Wrap the draw-string up and around the hangers to help keep them together. When you get to your new place, you can just hang them back up and cut the draw-strings and take the bags off of your clothes.
  • To keep your power cords and chargers from getting tangled up, you can take a handful of empty toilet paper rolls and place them in a small box. Put your chargers in the empty rolls to keep them separated. 
  • Make use of plastic wrap to pack up your things. Wrap up your flatware and flatware drawer storage container in plastic wrap to keep it all together. No need to take it all out, just keep it together.

Other Tips

  • Pack books (and other heavy objects) in smaller boxes, so they can be handled easier. You can also pack your books in rolling suitcases.
  • If your boxes don't have handles, you can make your own by cutting upside down triangles in the sides of your boxes with a box cutter. This will make carrying boxes easier.
  • Mark each box with the room the item came in and a list of what is in the box to make unpacking easier. If you don't feel comfortable writing this information on the box, you can put a number on it and write the contents and the box number on a piece of paper that you keep with you.
  • Use paper bags rather than newspaper to wrap up your breakables such as stemware and dishes, as the ink from the newspaper can be difficult to clean off.
  • Keep a small bag of essentials (such as a change of clothing, some bath items and snacks) with you to take to your new place, just in case the moving truck doesn't get to your new home right when you do.

Moving can be a little tough, but planning ahead and careful packing will make things much easier. You can also ask your movers about having your items packed for you.

To learn more, contact a moving company like Bell Moving & Storage