How to Pack for a Move: Expert Tips and Tricks

Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. From furniture to cutlery, everything has to go. To make the process easier, it's important to plan ahead and use the right packing and moving supplies. Here are some expert tips from the professionals to help you fill those boxes like a world-class Tetris champion.

Start by dismantling the furniture and getting ready for the move. Complete the packaging of the household items you've been using. Plan simple meals to minimize items you'll need for cooking and eating. If necessary, buy a small stash of paper plates and cups to pass this time.

And look everywhere for things you may have left behind. The back of the cabinets, under the frames of the bed, in the cupboard above the refrigerator never opens. Our advice? Go room by room and pack everything you can. It's hard to let go of things, but this is the best time to sort through all the items in your house and decide if it's worth taking them to your new home. And when it comes to classification, there is no greater source of inspiration than Marie Kondo.

Moving boxes fill up quickly and too often people underestimate the amount of things they have in their homes. That results in last-minute trips running around town, buying packing and moving supplies at a very high price. Kimmy from She's In Her Apron recommends starting the packing process by checking each room and packing up non-essential things you won't need during the last week in your home. Since you're packing these temporarily unnecessary things first, you probably need a place to store your boxes. If garage space isn't an option, consider renting a portable moving and storage container.

Choose the right size for you and have it delivered directly to your driveway. Kristi, from Inspired Living with Kristi, knows a thing or two about packing for the move. As a teacher, she moved in and out of several classrooms, and, in her personal life, she has moved with her family seven times four from all over the country. So, yeah, she knows what she's talking about. She recommends separating your valuables and packing them personally in a suitcase, especially if you are doing a long-distance move. This includes jewelry, passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, and other important things that are difficult to replace or contain confidential information.

Your suitcase should always be somewhere you can access and never give it to anyone else to help you with your move. Since packaging is often considered the most vital part of the moving process, doing it the right way requires more than one or two box sizes and a box-loading strategy. It will most likely take you about a week or two to pack your house, and that's if you spend most of that time packing. First, find a place for the packed boxes. To prevent the whole house from becoming a storage unit, designate an area as the place to store packed boxes.

The garage or a guest room are two good options. Get started now with your stocked items. Things that are already hidden in the garage, attic or closets are the first things that can be packed in advance without any problems. You might even be lucky enough to find a few storage bins you can use.

Moving boxes are usually the same weight and quality as normal shipping boxes, unless you buy ones made of thicker cardboard that allows for heavier packaging. Call your moving company to determine how soon the item needs to be shipped so that it arrives on time at your new home. And as a note, if you're flying to your new location, make sure your suitcase is the size of a carry-on baggage so you don't have to check the bag. She recommends unpacking your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen (in that order) on the first day you move into your new home.

The reason for this is that you are likely to feel tired from moving and need a shower, food and a good night's sleep. Since it's a good idea to put these rooms in order the day you move in, make sure that the boxes with things for these rooms are more easily accessible in your truck or moving container. For more information from the experts on how to pack for a move like a pro, see PODS blog for tips on organizing your home from top to bottom as well as reducing clutter in small spaces.

Polly Amescua
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