You’ve chosen a new home, selected a mover, and now comes the task of packing for the move. You will find three important things you ought to remember that will save you lots of time and frustration later:
• Gather all of the materials (boxes, tape, paper) you will need to pack.
• Don’t put packing off till the last minute.
• Stay organized!
Here is a list of the materials you’ll need to pack efficiently:
• Paper for wrapping your items:
Many people gather old newspapers and make use of them. Just keep in mind that the news ink never dries and will come off on your belongings. If you want to avoid the need to wash everything when you arrive, you can buy packing paper from your mover.
You can collect boxes from your local supermarket and other businesses. Select sturdy boxes in good condition and make sure they have covers. Divided boxes such as liquor boxes are fantastic for glasses and stemware.
Your mover also can provide you with boxes especially made for moving. Nevertheless, these boxes are costly and you might wish to buy only those which are usually necessary like wardrobes for hanging clothing, mattress cartons, and cartons for big pictures, mirrors and table lamps.
• Sealing Tape – Use plastic tape that is 1½-2” wide
• Magic Marker – to mark boxes for contents and special instructions such as “fragile”, “this side up”, etc.
Now that you have all of your materials, you are ready to start packing! Start as far in advance as you can. Waiting until the last minute will develop a nightmare you do not wish to experience! If you begin early, you can pack a couple of boxes a day and have everything completed without stressing yourself needlessly.
It is truly essential that you keep your packing organized; it’ll save lots of confusion later. It’s best to pack a room at a time so that you can keep everything together which belongs together.
Begin in areas containing articles which aren’t utilized frequently such as your attic, basement, garage, and so on. You can leave an extra box to hold items that cannot be packed early.
Packing Up the Kitchen
The hardest room to pack is most likely the kitchen so let’s discuss that in more detail.
Keep in mind when you’re packing fragile items to mat the bottom of the box with a number of sheets of paper. Place the most heavy items on the bottom of the box and the more fragile things on top.
When you pack flatware like plates, saucers, etc., wrap each item individually and then combine in groups of 3. Rewrap that group in more paper and seal with the plastic tape. Each group will then be better protected. Stand them on end in the box.
You can nest glasses and cups 3 or 4 together and separate with small sheets of paper. It is best to pack them in divided containers if you have them. If the box isn’t full to the top, stuff with additional paper. If you do not have divided containers, you can place them in other boxes where you have empty space; just be sure to fit them in toward the top of the box so that they aren’t crushed.
Do not nest Goblets and stemware, wrap them individually.
Try to keep small kitchen appliances like the toaster, crock pot, etc., all together rather than mixing them with other items. Wrap them separately with two or three sheets of paper and wad up paper to fill any empty space. However, if you have lots of extra room you can add some pots and pans.
You can nest pots, pans and big bowls in groups of 3 with a couple sheets of paper in between each of them.
When you pack boxed foods such as cereal and rice, be sure to seal the tops with plastic tape. (Remember to do this for salt and pepper shakers also!) If your things are going be stored for for an extended time, you might want to discard these items to avoid rodents or insects.
You can pack filled canisters as long as they’re individually wrapped and the tops are sealed with plastic tape.
Finally, listed below are a few various tips to keep in mind:
• Do not pack anything that’s flammable, combustive or explosive. This includes items such as aerosol spray cans, gasoline, and paint thinners.
• Empty all drawers.
• Pack heavy items like books and canned goods in smaller boxes.
• Pack bulky and light-weight items like toys, blankets, and pillows in large boxes.
• You don’t need to wrap toys, books and shoes individually.
• Stand books and records on end.
It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but it you don’t wish to deal with packing, your moving company will be happy to pack for you ~ of course, that service comes with a very hefty price tag!