Here are the tips, strategies, and considerations you need to stay focused when packing and preparing for your move:
Packing Tips and Supply Checklists:
Start by creating a room-by-room packing plan. It’s less overwhelming and helps track your progress. Declutter before you start; this reduces the volume and possibly the cost of your move. Remember to color-code or label boxes by room for easy unpacking.
Room-by-Room Packing Plan:
This involves a systematic approach to boxing up your home, one space at a time, ensuring efficiency and organization. Here’s how it works in greater detail:
▪︎ Start with items you use less frequently, like books, decorative pieces, and wall hangings.
▪︎ Electronics need special care—use original boxes if you have them.
▪︎ Furniture can be disassembled if possible; wrap pieces individually.
▪︎ Use sofa and mattress covers, and protect glass surfaces with cardboard or bubble wrap.
▪︎ Begin with less used items such as mixers, baking dishes, and special-occasion dinnerware.
▪︎ Wrap dishes and glassware individually and use sturdy boxes; label as fragile.
▪︎ Pack pots and pans in larger boxes; nesting smaller items inside larger ones saves space.
▪︎ Seal spices and pantry items to prevent spills.
▪︎ Use wardrobe boxes for clothes so they can be moved on hangers.
▪︎ Pack bedding, linens, and out-of-season clothing in vacuum-seal bags to save space.
▪︎ Protect jewelry and personal items by wrapping them and packing in small, secure boxes.
▪︎ Dispose of unwanted or expired products.
▪︎ Seal caps with tape and wrap bottles to prevent leaks; keep these in plastic bags.
▪︎ Towels and linens can be used as padding for other items.
▪︎ Important documents should be kept with you; use file boxes for others.
▪︎ Wrap and box electronic equipment like computers and printers; back up your data beforehand.
▪︎ Tools should be packed in small, strong boxes; heavier items at the bottom.
▪︎ Dispose of hazardous materials properly; they cannot be moved in a moving truck.
▪︎ Outdoor equipment should be cleaned and disassembled if possible.
Tips for All Rooms:
▪︎ Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a general description of contents.
▪︎ Pack a box of essentials that you'll need on the first day in your new home.
▪︎ Keep an inventory list to track what’s in each box, making unpacking systematic.
By following a room-by-room plan, you ensure nothing is missed, and the move becomes more manageable. This method also helps movers place boxes in the correct rooms at your new home, streamlining the unpacking process.
▪︎ Boxes of various sizes
▪︎ Bubble wrap and packing paper for fragile items
▪︎ Heavy-duty packing tape for sealing boxesColor-coded labels or markers
▪︎ Stretch wrap for furnitureWardrobe boxes for clothes
▪︎ Mattress covers
▪︎ Plastic bags for toiletries and spillable items
Efficient Packing Strategies
▪︎ Pack one room at a time, starting with storage areas like attics or basements.
▪︎ Disassemble furniture and keep screws in labeled bags or screw them back into the hole after disassembly for easy remembrance for reassemble.
▪︎ Wrap fragile items individually and place them in specially marked boxes.
Protecting Fragile Items
▪︎ Use original boxes for electronics and appliances when possible.
▪︎ Secure dishes and glassware with bubble wrap and pack them in double-taped boxes.
▪︎ Protect artwork and mirrors in specialty boxes padded with foam.
▪︎ Full boxes travel better than loose packed boxes, use crunched up newspapers or towels to fill voids.
Sourcing Free or Affordable Packing Materials
▪︎ Look for free boxes at local stores or through online marketplaces.
▪︎ Use household items such as towels and bedding to wrap and cushion fragile items.
▪︎ Check community groups for moving supplies being given away or sold at a low cost.
Remember, packing for a move is not just about putting things in boxes—it’s about organizing your belongings to make setting up your new home as smooth and stress-free as possible.