20 Top Tips for Packing When You Move

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When you’re preparing to move, it’s important that you know how to manage your time efficiently. If you don’t, then you face the risk of losing days of your time and wasted nerves, all as a result of getting confused in your pre-move organization. 

The most demanding task when moving is packing, which makes it the perfect time to take advantage of some quality pieces of advice about how to pack when you’re moving. These next 20 top tips for packing will help make your moving adventure so much easier, more efficient, and faster!

  1. The first tip is to decide whether you want to pack your house yourself, or if you want to use a professional packing service. The pros are highly organized and can guarantee speed and safety, but you will save money if you do your own packing.
  2. Get rid of your unwanted belongings. Make sure you throw away any items which you no longer need, anything that’s broken, or useless. The less items you pack to move, the cheaper your moving costs will be.
  3. Make sure you begin packing as soon as your move is confirmed. That includes gathering your packaging supplies, planning your packing strategy, and the actual packing process itself.
  4. Creating a packing calendar is a great idea too. If you follow it strictly then you will avoid wasting precious time. Your packaging timeline will be specific to your case, make sure you prioritize correctly and assign comfortable deadlines – don’t be too ambitious!
  5. If you want to get some help with packing from your friends, then make sure you contact them as soon as possible to arrange a suitable time and date for them to help you pack, without disrupting their own work schedules.
  6. Don’t forget your packing supplies! You will obviously need plenty of cardboard boxes, but you will also need sheets of bubble wrap and soft packing paper to secure your more delicate items.
  7. Things like cardboard boxes and quality packing supplies can be expensive. You can keep your costs down by obtaining free cardboard boxes. You can quite often get these from supermarkets, or even friends and family.
  8. Hazardous materials can not be transferred by most removal companies, so don’t waste your time by packing them up with the rest of your belongings. Make sure you check with your removal company to see which items are not permitted in their vehicles, and then ensure you pack those items separately and arrange suitable transport for them.
  9. Making sure all of your items are safe and secure during your move, you need to inspect the boxes and packaging materials you’re using. Any boxes which show considerable damage, especially water damage, should be avoided. It’s also a good idea to secure the bottom and sides of each cardboard box using packaging tape which will help ensure there are no breakages on moving day.
  10. Make sure you mark any boxes containing delicate items such as glass, artwork, chinaware, and fragile electric equipment, as “FRAGILE”, and use plenty of bubble wrap and packaging paper to provide maximum isolation.
  11. When you start packing, you should start with the toughest room. This makes it feel like it’s getting easier and easier, the closer you get to your moving day. The most challenging rooms to pack are usually storage areas, such as attics, garages and basements.
  12. Once you have all of your storage areas packed up, you should start on the rooms you use least often in your house. That way you avoid having boxes cluttering up the rooms which you spend time in often.
  13. You also want to make sure that you start your packing with items which you use rarely. Go around your home and put everything which is non-essential into a separate box.
  14. As part of your packing plan, break down the job room-by-room, and then into even smaller projects within each room. This will help keep your motivation up as it feels like you’re constantly smashing milestones with each project within each room.
  15. If possible, designate one room or storage area in your house as a packing station. This will allow you to move freely around your home without having to battle your way through piles of boxes everywhere.
  16. Make sure you use the right size boxes; smaller boxes are generally used for heavier items, and larger boxes for smaller items. Large boxes can give way under too much weight. By using smaller boxes for larger/heavier items, you help to prevent boxes from breaking, and make it easier to carry and load the heavier items.
  17. Whenever you are packing smaller items into a box, make sure you use plenty of padding and filler to stop the items from moving around inside the box. Old rags, towels, and old clothes can make great package fillers too.
  18. You should never skimp on packaging materials for your fragile items. If you skimp on packaging for these items, you run a greater risk of them getting damaged during transit.
  19. When packaging things like liquids, or even shower gel, washing up liquid and so on, it’s a good idea to place the items into resealable plastic bags, that will prevent your other items from being damaged in the event of a leak.
  20. To make life easier for you and your movers, dismantle any large furniture to its minimum, making it easier to carry, store, and transport. It may take a little while to put it back together again when you reach your new home, but it certainly makes packing and transporting much easier.

Don’t worry, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, Checkmate Movers is here to help ease the burden of your next move. We offer full-service moving. We can pack, ship and unload your items while you focus on getting settled in your new lifestyle.