Packing for a move doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled a quick list to help guide you through the process.
- Give yourself a minimum of four weeks to prepare your household.
- Lighten your load as much as possible by organizing and sorting your belongings. Consider selling, donating, recycling or disposing of anything unwanted.
- Reserve space in your house to store packed boxes.
- Purchase packing supplies. This includes boxes, packing tape, labels, markers, stretch wrap, moving blankets, bubble wrap and packing paper.
- Pack by room and pack everything unessential first. This includes decorations, pictures, books and anything else you don’t use daily.
- A few days prior to the move, pack an overnight bag. This includes clothing, food/drinks, phone chargers, toiletries, etc.
- During the final week leading up to the move, pack your essentials, such as food, bedding, clothing, etc. (Quick Tip: Don’t pack cleaning supplies until after the house has been thoroughly cleaned).
- Wrap all of your furniture in moving blankets, then secure with stretch wrap. This prevents the blankets from falling off during handling.
The next details to cover are the basics of packing.
- Always use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for light items to prevent overloading.
- Pad the bottom of each box with packing paper to form a cushion.
- Pack the box tightly with your belongings to prevent the items from rattling/vibrating during transport.
- Pad the top of the box with more packing paper.
- Wrap fragile items individually with bubble wrap.
- Secure all boxes with packing tape.
- Label each individual box. Write fragile on boxes containing breakable items.
As you move through the process, you’ll get a good rhythm going. The most effective way to reduce stress during this hectic time is to START EARLY AND WORK CONSISTENTLY. Good luck on your move!