Posted on October 25, 2018
Packing isn't supposed to be fun. It's work, unpaid, self motivated work that eats up all your free time and is a real hassle. Consider the alternative though! A last second desperate 24 hour packing job in the middle of summer is even worse. Make your life easier with these helpful links and tips.
What Are You Waiting For?
People get in trouble when they underestimate how much of a slog packing is until it's too late. Get the ball rolling a month before. This allows you to divide the job into small tasks, organize, get supplies, and call in favors.
Everything Must Go!
Moving is a great time to simplify your life. Get rid of stuff. Do not hesitate to show no mercy. It's a great time to sell or donate things. Remember, the less things you have to move the easier it will be.
Boxes. You're going to need a ton of boxes. It's better to have too many than too little. Ask around, your family friends, even your job might have a few boxes laying around the house. Restaurants, Liquor Stores, and other small businesses have boxes to spare. If you're willing to shell out the cash, the internet, as always, has you covered.
Other Tools of the Trade:
Plastic bins are a bit pricier than your average box, but they're also sturdier. You're going to need things like scissors, screwdrivers, wrenches, Allen wrenches, packing tape, Ziploc bags, plastic bags, a marker, bubble wrap, old newspaper and a few items that can be found lying around the house (Blankets and sheets can be used to cushion your boxes. Remember, it's always better to have more of these than you need. It's insanely easy to lose a screwdriver.
Write it Down:
You're going to need a to-do list, a calendar, an inventory, and some sort of chart to keep things organized. It's much easier than relying on memory, trust us. You can either go old school with a paper and pen, or download a variety of apps and set reminders on your phone.
Whether you've got a three bedroom townhouse or a studio apartment, it's important to keep all your packed possessions and supplies in one place. If you've got a room to spare, clean it out, and use it as a storage facility. If you don't, designate an area of the apartment. This keeps things organized, and prevents your apartment from turning into a maze.
One Room at a Time:
Or one area at a time. Don't spread yourself thin, dashing from one room to another. Take it one at a time. This way you'll have a better understanding of what you need to do, and how much packing you've got left.
Label Your Boxes:
Obvious right? A lot of people skip this step however. They dump stuff into boxes and don't think about it until they need to find something. They forget to label certain boxes as fragile, and it leads to disaster. Mark each box on all four sides. It's a simple step that will save you a world of trouble.
Leave Items in Drawers:
You may be tempted to empty out your clothes drawers, but all you're doing is wasting space in your moving truck. Keep things inside drawers and containers, and avoid "packing air."
Pack the Essential Stuff Last.
And make sure to keep this stuff separate from your other boxes. The last thing you want to do is leaf through a dozen boxes to find toilet paper or medicine. Save this stuff until the end, make sure it's the last thing you put into your moving truck, the first thing you unload, placing it in an area away from the rest of your boxes.
Pack the Heavier Items in small boxes.
Cardboard boxes are wonderful devices, but even with a hundred strips of packing tape, they're subject to collapse. Large boxes are awkward enough as it is, it's even more awkward when you've got sixty pounds of books inside. Use small boxes, bookbags, travel bags, or plastic bins to carry your heavy stuff. It will save you a lot of trouble in the end. Every package should be under fifty pounds, heaviest items on the bottom, lighter items on top.
Obviously we've only touched upon a few things to remember when packing up for a move. For more information, visit these links
- The Spruce has a very thorough breakdown of everything you need to do.
- The Moving Checklist
- 10 Incredibly Useful Tips For Moving Into a New Home
- Pack Fast, Move Fast
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