Packing seems simple as a concept — find a box and put things inside. But, in reality, it is an arduous process that requires more strategic execution than you think. It tends to be the most stressful part of relocation. Planning ahead can make packing less of chaos and more of an enjoyable experience.
Below, you will find some helpful tips to become a fast and efficient packer.
The Best Way to Pack When Moving
Declutter your home
Relocation brings a unique opportunity to examine everything you own and figure out what you want to take. Remember, each item you bring will take up space in your new home. If something doesn’t give you joy, holds no sentimental value or purpose in your life, consider donating or discarding the item.
Sort by category
Divide everything by category. Your dishes shouldn’t be packed with your books or picture frames. Sort everything into its distinct group, and label them, so it’s easier to pack everything up into its designated box. We recommend packing room-by-room, especially if you have children. This way, it will be easier for everyone to access their items once at your new home. You can also further categorize items by usability, size, and urgency.
Create a packing list
Once you’ve decluttered everything and narrowed your possessions to what you want to take, create a list of everything that will need to be packed. This will give you a good overview of what and how much packing supplies you will need and a rough idea of how you’re going to pack.
If you’re hiring the Stark Team for packing, you will be happy to hear that we will bring all the required packing and protection materials with us on the moving day. If you’re D-I-Ying this step, try to find free boxes off Craigslist, retail stores, or recycling centers. Find good quality tapes, packing paper, bubble wrap, stretch wrap, moving blanket, etc. Make sure to get everything before you start to pack. That way, you won’t have to stop halfway and waste time with multiple trips to the store.
Know that items should not be packed
Household cleaners should not be packed or kept in spaces that can heat up quickly. For example, bleach can give off dangerous fumes or even cause a fire when kept in warm areas or with other chemicals. Other items that should not be packed include lighter fluid, fertilizer and weed killer, perishables, ammunition, car batteries, and essential documents (keep these with you in your handbag).
Don’t use newspaper
If you wrap fragile items with newspaper, there’s a good chance that the ink may transfer onto the object. We recommend using 5-10lb plain tissue or wrapping paper to protect vases, art, mirror, dishes, and other breakable items.
Make a box for essentials
Each family member should have an essential box that contains the items they require daily. It includes toiletries, phone charger, medicine, electronics, etc. This way, even if you don’t have the time or energy to unpack everything on day one, your family will still have everything they need to get through the first few nights.
Use the right-sized box
You may be inclined to fill a large box with many smaller items, but remember that the weight will add up, and the box may break during handling. When it comes to boxes, a good rule of thumb is to use smaller boxes for heavier items and bigger boxes for lighter items.
Use a wardrobe box
A wardrobe box will allow you to hang your clothes right out of the closet in the hanger itself. There’s also space at the bottom for shoes. If you have clothes in dresser drawers, let them stay in, and seal the drawers with packing tape that won’t affect the wood paint.
Tape it up
We recommend taping the bottom of every box before placing anything inside. This will prevent the bottom flaps from breaking open when you lift and carry them at the end. Double tape if you have to for extra strength.
Snap a pic
After packing each box and before taping them shut, take a pic of the contents inside. Later, if you have trouble fingering out which item is in which box, you’ll just have to scroll through your photo library instead of having to open each box.
We hope this little guide on how to pack things for moving house helps you in your relocation journey. With a bit of upfront planning and careful execution, you can tackle packing with ease. If you need help, our team at Stark Movers is here to assist.