Packing your House: Tips from the Pros
Whether your home is a one bedroom apartment or a sprawling suburban estate, packing your entire life up for a move is a daunting task both physically and emotionally. But, with the right approach, it can also be a manageable, productive project. Here are a few tips from our moving experts for packing your home the right way.
- Clear the clutter. The single easiest thing you can do to simplify your move is to get rid of anything you don’t need, want, or use. This cuts down on both the amount of items you have to pack as well as what you have to unpack on the other end. If you haven’t used an item in a year, consider it OK to donate or toss it.
- Get the right supplies. There’s nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of packing a room and realizing you’re out of boxes, tape, or bubble wrap. While the true number of boxes you’ll need will vary based on how full your house is, a few good rules of thumb to follow when purchasing supplies: Allot 5-7 small boxes, 3-5 medium boxes, and 2-4 large boxes for each room in your house, along with one roll of packing tape for every eight boxes.
- Pack non-essentials first. To prevent becoming overwhelmed or running out of time, it’s a good idea to start packing early and to do it in stages. Start a few weeks ahead of your move date by packing your non-essentials–the items you don’t use on a daily or even weekly basis, like sporting equipment, the fine china you only break out on holidays, or out-of-season clothing.
- Label by room. Each time you pack a box, label it with the room it belongs in, as well as a list of what’s in it. You’ll thank yourself for this small extra effort later as you start to unpack your new home.
- Pack essentials last. You probably could have inferred this based on tip number three, but save your daily essentials–clothes you wear to work each week, the dishes you use everyday, toiletries, etc.–for last. Pack them up the night before the move, and load them into the truck last so you’re able to access them first at your new home.
Though packing will never be an easy process, following these smart tips can help make it smoother, simpler, and more productive.