After providing packing and moving services for South Florida for over fifty years, we’ve got quite a few tips to share with you.
Moving can be exciting for so many reasons. The opportunity of meeting new people and exploring new opportunities can be quite alluring. There are instances people are not so excited about moving. When it is not entirely your choice to move, it is common to feel sad. Being positive can be helpful.
Whether you are excited about moving or having mixed feelings, it is important that you pack efficiently. Many do not think much about packing until it is time. They are often surprised at how stressful the exercise can be.
You don’t need to learn the hard way. It is important that you learn how to pack efficiently and that is the objective of this post. Here, we will discuss some important packing tips that will help your move to be a lot smoother.
1. Start Packing in Time
You may feel you have all the time but this is not always the case. Do not wait until a few days to your moving day before packing. Start making plans in time and start to get things arranged for eventual packing well ahead of time. You will pack better and save yourself a lot of stress when you start early.
2. Create an Inventory List
This is more important if you have others helping you with packing. Create an inventory so that you can keep track of what you are moving with. At the time of taking inventory, you should be able to purge your things. Sort your properties carefully. Get rid of things you don’t need again so that your packing will be easier and your new home will be less cluttered.
3. Get the Right Supplies for Packing
Getting the right packing supplies is probably the most important thing you will have to do to make your move disaster-free. Make sure you have your boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and any other things you need in place before you start packing. It is also important that you have different sizes of boxes. The packing supplies also need to be of the right quality so that they don’t break.
4. Pack Lighter Items in Bigger Boxes
This may seem like a no brainer but many still don’t get it. It is important that you pack lighter items in bigger boxes and the heavier ones in smaller boxes to make handling easier. When heavy items like books are packed in big boxes, handling them becomes hard (if not impossible). When things like pillows and sheets are packed in such large boxes, handling is never a challenge and the boxes will hold strong too.
5. Place Items the Proper Way in Boxes
The way you place items in boxes also matters a lot. Items of similar weights should go into the same box but heavier ones should be placed at the bottoms so that they don’t crush lighter ones. It is also important that you optimize the use of each box. There shouldn’t be spaces in the boxes. This will ensure that you don’t pay for extra boxes when your items can fit into fewer boxes. Also, when boxes are filled to the brim, their contents are less likely to collide and get damaged.
6. Pay Attention to Fragile Items
When you pack fragile items carelessly, they will likely get damaged before you get them to your new home. Pay attention to all fragile items and pack them carefully to protect them. Dishes, for instance, must be packed with parking papers. They should also be packed vertically after being wrapped protectively in bundles of fives at most.
7. Get Help for Packing Electronics and Furniture
There are certain items you may never be able to pack efficiently by yourself. Electronics, for instance, can be very difficult to pack and move. This is why moving companies offer packing services too. They have the personnel that are experienced in packing such heavy items like electronics and furniture. Use their expertise to make your move smoother.
8. There Are Things You Shouldn’t Pack
This may not seem like one of the most important parking tips but you will regret packing certain items. Perishables and toxic substances such as dairy products, fertilizers, gasoline and others should never be packed. You should either donate them or have them properly disposed of.
There are other items that need to be packed specially too. Your certificates and important documents, for instance, do not belong with the other items in your home. You can pack them with other special things like cash, prescriptions, keys, and jewelry in a backpack you will keep with you.
9. Label Every Box Properly
You need to know the content of every single box that has been packed. This means that they will all have to be labeled appropriately. This may seem not too important after packing but you will know how important it is when it is time to unpack. When every box is properly labeled, your movers will know exactly the room they belong to when they are moved to your new home. This will help you unpack smoothly.
10. Pack a First Day Basket
The day you will move to your new home will not be like any other day and you need to prepare specially for it. It is unlikely that you will have the time and energy to start unpacking and setting things up. It is important, therefore, that you pack a basket that will help you and every member of your household get comfortable until you unpack. You can include such things as disposable plates, cups, and cutlery. You should also pack a first-night box with your pajamas, toiletries and anything you will need early the next morning.
There you have it! Above are a couple of packing tips for a smooth move. Packing is one of the most essential elements of moving. When you get it right, moving can be a lot less stressful. The packing tips discussed here can help you make moving smoother and more enjoyable. Contact us today at Moving Squad of South Florida LLC to handle your next move. With us, you are guaranteed to get a stress-free and enjoyable moving experience.