Packing can seem like it's pretty easy to do and something that only requires a box and things to put in it. But to save time, energy and even money, we've come up with a packing tip list that will help you get things done with most being quick packing tips that are easy to do.
Gather packing supplies before you start.
There's nothing more frustrating, then having to stop half-way through a packing session to get more supplies.
Packed boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds.
Pack heavier items on the bottom.
Stuff boxes with extra stuff
Such as socks, scarves, pillow cases and other small fabric items in holes and crevices in boxes - just make sure you keep pairs of socks together!
Pack small items in small boxes
Then place them into a large box. Label all boxes, large or small. Small, loose items should be boxed or bagged and sealed securely before placing into a larger box.
Know which items should not be packed - items that your mover will not move.
Keep an inventory list of each box and its contents. It will be necessary if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.
Keep clothing in dresser drawers.
Tape drawers shut with tape that won't destroy wood finishes or paint.
Keep a box labeled "Load last, unload first" for the essentials you'll need when you arrive. Read more about what to include in your essentials box.
Keep important records with you
Don't move them with the rest of your household goods. If you can't take them with you in the car, then send them on ahead with a secure courier company.
Fill empty spots with lighter linens
It can be done with your washer and dryer, and the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator.
As much as possible, keep items where they belong
For example, when packing the silverware/flatware, keep it in its' tray then tape bubble wrap around it to secure the contents. It is easier than sorting out all those pieces after your move.
Tape screws, bolts and other loose items to the underside of furniture.
Make sure you bag them first.
Keep tools you'll need to reassemble furniture in a separate box that is clearly marked.
I usually keep an all-purpose screwdriver in the glove compartment of our car for just such purposes. There's nothing worse than arriving at your new home late at night, wanting to put the bed together and not knowing where the screwdriver is.
Do not use standard garbage bags!
They rip and tear too easily. If you're going to pack linens and clothing in garbage bags, purchase the thicker heavy ones, to ensure they don't break during the move. Or double up. Some moving companies don't like you using garbage bags so check first if you can use them to pack. The great thing about garbage bags full of clothing is that they can be squished into nooks and holes, protecting furniture and using less space.
Keep items from the same room together
It will make it easier to sort the contents after you move.
Get everyone involved
Make a task list, then dividing out the jobs that each person can do. Organizing your household will not only save you time and energy but will make your whole family feel like part of this adventure.
Get started now! It's never too late to plan, sort and start packing.