Packing well means that you make use of high-quality packaging supplies, wrap all your items carefully, and position them inside the moving box strategically to avoid damage while in transit.
This may seem like an easy enough task — that is, until you start doing it.
Those who have relocated before agree that this is one of the most dreadful and time-consuming moving-related tasks. As such, you must pack as early as you can and make sure to equip yourself with the right knowledge and skill to properly pack your goods.
Here is a guide from professional packers and movers to help make packing easier, faster, and successful.
Packing Each Room
Generally, you must start packing up the rooms and items that you need the least. These include spaces like the attic or garage, and seasonal items such as your cold-weather coats, holiday dinnerware and decor, and sports equipment. Items from childhood (baby clothes, school awards, science projects, and the like) should also be sorted and packed at this time.
It’s best to pack one room at a time to help you stay organized and to make unpacking a lot easier.
Before packing your kitchen equipment and utensils, make sure that they are clean and dry. You can stack pots and pans, provided that you place bubble wrap or paper in between to protect their non-stick coatings. The same is true with your plates – you can place a cushion between each one or perhaps wrap them individually.
For knives and other utensils with sharp edges, you can buy protectors to prevent injuries from open blades. Always hold these items by their handles with their blades away from you. As for glasses, use bubble wrap to protect them, and keep their widest part facing down at all times.
Before dismantling your tables, cabinets, bookcases, and other furnishings, place a covering on your floor to prevent it from getting scratched. If disassembling and moving heavy furniture is something you can’t do, let the local furniture removal professionals perform this task.
Don’t put your items at risk of getting damaged, or yourself at risk of becoming injured. These moving pros have the proper skills and strategies to pack and move your heavy, bulky items, which also include your bed frame and appliances.
A wardrobe box is a huge help when packing your bedroom. This makes moving your clothes fast and easy – you just have to take them off your closet and place them in this box. Ask your removal company if they can provide you with such.
As for your mattress, wrap it in an old blanket or a dust sheet. Make sure to separate a bed sheet, pillowcases, and blankets in one box or bag. This will help you easily set up your bed when you arrive at your new home to ensure a good night’s sleep after an exhausting moving day.
Keep your hygiene supplies, along with enough towels, in one box for your family to use once you arrive at your new home. Make sure to seal the half-used bottles to prevent leaks. Also, pack extra towels and linens, or perhaps use them to secure some of your fragile items in boxes.
Packing is probably one of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks during a move. This is especially true if you’re planning to bring big and bulky items with you. For you to successfully pack all of your valuables, you have to exert time and effort. Let the following tips help you make this process easier. Read more
Packing Valuable Items
Items that have more sentimental or monetary value should be packed separately to keep them more secure. These include:
Your pieces of jewelry are best transported with you personally instead of putting them into the moving boxes. Also, keep them in their original boxes, especially those that can easily get tangled. Special packing materials may even be necessary for extra protection and cushioning.
● Sensitive Documents
You must know where the important documents are kept so you can easily get them whenever you need to. Your bank and credit card details, birth certificates, insurance, medical records, and other sensitive documents might not be necessary as of the moment, but you will definitely need them immediately after your move. So make sure to have all of them in a folder and place them inside a suitcase or perhaps in a small properly labeled box.
Antiques will need special care to keep them from getting damaged or lost while in transit. Your removal company can make proper recommendations as to how these items should be dealt with. It is also crucial that you get extra insurance to cover these items.
Placing Your Items in the Boxes
Moving boxes come with instructions for setting them up. First, look for the “this way up” sign, then fold the shorter tabs, followed by the longer ones, and secure them with tape. Determine how many boxes you’ll need so you don’t overfill them.
When placing your items in the boxes, put the heavy ones at the bottom to make sure that the breakable or lighter items won’t get damaged during the move. This is an important packing tip when you are moving furnishings and books in boxes.
After that, you must fill the empty gaps with old rags, newspapers, packing paper, towels or linens. This will prevent the items from shifting, especially when the moving truck makes a sharp curve or U-turn.
Lastly, label all the boxes. Using a permanent marker, write the contents of every box on the sides so you can easily recognize them even if they are stacked. Also, make use of color labels to indicate the rooms where they’ll be unpacked.
If you know the proper way of packing your items, as well as when to get professional help, your move will become stress-free and successful. So make sure to implement these packing tips on your next move.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.