Packing Strategies

Proper packing strategies

Has your quiet humble abode turned into fighting teenagers and long waits to use one bathroom? If this seems like a scenario from your life then you and your spouse may consider moving to a bigger place where everyone is happy, or as happy as teenagers could get at any rate.

The first thing you would want to do is set a date for moving. Once this is set you need to start packing at least two months in advance. Procrastination is a friend that you don’t want to have at this time if you intend to move out on the day you originally planned.

Preparing to move may seem chaotic and stressful if you don’t plan it well. Here are some tips to help you organize for a well-planned move.

Save, sell or give away

Make a decision as to whether you will be willing to sell, save or give away your items. Do this as early as possible so you could get rid of the things that you don’t want or need. With these extra items out of the way you are now able to determine how everything should be packed.

Supplies

Before you start packing you would need to make a list of supplies that would aid you in the process: boxes, newspaper, tissues, scissors, packing tape or tape gun, bubble wrap, stickers that are color coordinated and markers.

Make an inventory list

Make a list of all your valuable items such as furniture, appliances, collectibles and anything else you may want put on the list. You may also want to take photographs as well.

Packing

Taping the underneath of each box is a good idea as it helps to further secure the box. Start by packing things that are not used daily. Heavy items such as books and canned foods should be packed in small boxes because if they are packed in bigger boxes it will be harder for them to be moved.  Larger items such as mirrors and pictures should be packed in bigger boxes or you can purchase special packaging to protect these breakable items. These should not weigh over 50 pounds per box.

You should pack one room at a time so that you can make realistic goals for packing the entire house.  Remember to put heavy objects at the bottom and lighter items at the top.

If you are packing breakable items do not forget to wrap them in tissue, newspaper or bubble wrap for safe keeping. These should be individually wrapped and the bottom of the box should be lined with paper as well.

Do not over fill boxes or packaging as they would not be able to close properly nor would they be able to be stacked on top of each other which makes it harder to store.

When you are finished packing, seal boxes securely with tape to prevent your items from being damaged.

When packing furniture that can be dismounted pack all parts together. Place all bolts, nuts and screws in Ziploc bags and tape them to the item so that you will know where it belongs as well as using a permanent marker to mark the Ziploc bag.

Things such as your computer, television set, small appliances and valuables should be packed to be moved in the family’s car or transported with the family not the moving van.

Keep all important documents such as birth certificates, passports, insurance forms etc. with you at all times. These should be packed separately from everything else.

Major appliances should be already prepared when the movers arrive or you can prepare them directly for shipment.

You can also mark boxes that need to be opened first and place them last on the moving van so you could take them out first.

These things should NOT be packed but given to neighbors or safely disposed of. They are known to be hazardous materials and are deemed illegal for movers to transport: acid, gasoline poisons, car batteries, fertilizer, loaded weapons, lamp oil, paints, chemistry sets, paint thinner, kerosene, liquid bleach, nail polish and remover, cleaning fluid, lighter fluid, motor oil, propane tanks, ammunition, fireworks, weed killer, charcoal, matches, batteries, aerosols and pesticides.

Labelling

Using the stickers, color coordinate the boxes so when you move into your new home you know where everything goes. If you want to go further you may want to add specifics on the box such as the items that are in the box for easy retrieval.  Label all boxes that have fragile items in them so the movers will be aware of what is in the box. Mark the boxes with arrows so that you will know the top from the bottom.

Storage

You can store all boxes in one specific room. Boxes of the same size can be stacked as high as four or five boxes.  Boxes with fragile items should be at the top of each pile.

Personal items

Each member of the family should have their own suitcase or duffle bag with clothing that they will be using counting down to the last days of packing.

Loading the van

Boxes of similar sizes should be packed tightly to the front of the van from left to right to ensure that they don’t fall. You can use straps if necessary to secure boxes. Square furniture could then be packed such as space savers, wardrobes etc. Each piece of furniture should be wrapped with moving blankets. These should also run in a line from left to right so that the weight in the van is evenly distributed.

Mattresses should be placed on a moving blanket to protect it from dirt. Load the couch without the cushions facing front from left to right. Load miscellaneous items that could not be boxed on the furniture already in the van.

The large kitchen appliances, refrigerator, washer dryer etc. could then be packed. Rugs, pillows, bags with linen and patio furniture could then be placed at the top to fill any empty spaces.

Make one last sweep of the house to make sure that everything has been removed. Lock the door and be on your way to make new memories in your new home.

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