Where to Begin When Packing for a Move
It’s a good idea to begin packing as soon as you know you’re planning a move. Packing can be stressful and overwhelming if you wait until the last minute or fail to plan properly. But, where do you begin when packing for a move? We have a few helpful ideas to make packing less stressful.
Secure several see-through plastic containers and an assortment of cardboard boxes.
Your first thought may be to gather a number of large boxes, thinking that the more you place in a box the less boxes you’ll need. This isn’t the best idea because larger boxes are more difficult to carry and transport.
Purchase different colored rolls of masking tape, permanent markers, transparent tape, and labels. These will come in handy for the next step in packing your things for the movie.
Create a central location to keep all your moving supplies organized. This will save you time and keep you from searching for things when you need them.
Storage of Boxes
Have a dedicated space for placing the boxes you’ve packed. There are several things to consider when choosing the spot to store boxes.
How long will it be before your move? If you’re cleaning out things and packing but the time for an actual move is unclear, you may want to rent a small storage space. This gets the boxes out from under foot and puts them in a secure location. Choose a storage facility with climate control to protect your items.
If you will be moving within a short time, choose one room in your home to place boxes. Clean everything else from that room, if possible. It should be the first room to be cleared and packed. You may have a basement or garage area that will work nicely.
Essentials to Pack First
The clear containers you purchased should be used to pack essential items you’re going to need as soon as you move to your new home.
Items you may want to include in the clear containers are scissors, a box cutter, a few first aid supplies, plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and phone chargers. Label these clear containers appropriately and make sure they are placed in an easy to access location until the move.
On the day of the move, you’re going to want to take these containers with you on the first trip inside the new house. Decide on a central focus area that can be used as Move Command Central and place them there. Let everyone know about this location to keep things less chaotic.
Creating a Plan
Choose a different color masking tape for each room in the house. Once a box is packed, wrap a line of masking tape around it and use the permanent marker to label it clearly for that room. This two point system should make unpacking a much easier process.
You may want to use labels and clear tape to write specifics of what’s included in each box. For example, you’ve packed one of the kitchen boxes and put a line of red tape around it and written Kitchen on the tape. Attaching a label that alerts people to the fact that the box is full of canned goods will make sure it gets to the pantry in the kitchen or close to where food items will be stored.
If you have more rooms that tape colors, choose one color tape for sets of rooms and use your markers to differentiate. For example, if you have three bedrooms, you may choose to use white masking tape with different colored markers for the name of each room. Pat’s room might be written in blue marker. Melissa’s bedroom gets marked in green marker. The white tape alerts movers that they are bedroom boxes and the color of the ink directs them to the correct room. Put a strip of tape that coordinates with the box tape code system on each door for easy recognition of rooms.
Hiring a Professional
If this sounds like more work than you have time to complete, you can hire a professional moving company to box your items and move them for you. Check with your real estate professional to get the name of reputable moving companies in your area or the area to which you’re moving.
Keep in mind that you’re still going to want to pack your essentials in plastic containers. Also, you may want to pack more fragile items yourself.
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