Packing Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Move

Moving can be a stressful experience, but it doesn't have to be. With the right tips and tricks, you can make your move easier and less stressful. The first step is to eliminate clutter so you can pack less. Set a timer and pack for an hour a day.

Give each room a packaging label of a different color. Do not leave empty spaces in the boxes. If you're hiring moving services, renting supplies, or hiring professionals such as painters or cleaners to work around the house, it's important to book in advance. Waiting to do so could mean paying a higher price or not being able to get a truck or moving company, especially if it's peak moving season.

To ensure your boxes are structurally sound and won't collapse under the weight of other boxes, use hangers at the top of each box to add extra support. Plan ahead and pack one room at a time. Start with the rooms you use the least, and then move on to the rooms you use most often. Allow up to a full day to pack your kitchen, as this may be one of the most time-consuming rooms in your entire house to pack due to the extra packaging and wrapping required for your fragile items.

You'll need packing tape, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, extra screws, putty, a measuring tape, a new industrial-sized broom, and more. Packing a first “open” box can be one of the most effective ways to reduce stress once you've moved from one space to another. You'll also need packaging tape to seal the boxes, markers to label each box or container, and packaging materials such as newspapers, shopping bags or towels to protect items that may break. Pack a Ziploc sandwich bag full of dog food for the dog at each meal and add an extra pair just in case. Having a few essentials handy will make you feel more comfortable and ready to unpack everything else.

And if you're loading the truck yourself, pack the heaviest boxes first, towards the front of the truck, to maintain balance. Uniformly sized boxes will make loading the truck easier. You'll have less to pack, less to move and less to unpack and you'll start your life in your new space with a clean slate. When wrapping furniture such as tables or chairs, cross a pair of beams in the center of the legs and secure them in place with several turns of packing tape both in the center and again at each point where the end of the beam joins the leg. Not to be confused with adhesive tape, packaging tape is the sturdy and incredibly sticky clear tape you see at the post office. When packing books or other heavy items, use small boxes; lightweight items such as sheets and pillows can be packed into larger boxes.

Using sturdy boxes, high-quality packaging material, and moving insurance can give you peace of mind throughout your move. Hiring professionals such as movers or cleaners can help make your move easier and faster. Once hired, these experts will be able to pack and load your items quickly and efficiently so you don't have to risk hurting yourself when transporting boxes or heavy furniture.

Polly Amescua
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