One of the most stressful elements of any move, whether it’s local, long-distance or international, is packing! Doing all your own packing and doing it in an efficient way is one of the best ways to cut down on moving costs.
At Dearman, we want your move to go as smoothly as possible, which is why we have provided several packing tips below. There is more to a quality packing job than you may realize.
Packing starts with having the appropriate sized boxes and containers for household items. We have bullet-pointed a few ways having the right containers can make all the difference.
- Wardrobe box – great for packing clothes without having to take them off the hangers.
- Drawers – empty your drawers of breakables, but keep blankets, sweaters, towels, and other soft items inside.
- Various sized boxes – whether they are cardboard boxes or plastic bins, make sure to have multiple sizes for different items. Remember, pack the heaviest items at the bottom and don’t overload the box.
- Suitcases –don’t have an abundance of packing boxes? Use the suitcases that you’re going to pack away anyways.
Having enough supplies will help keep you organized throughout the packing process and on the other end – when you’re unpacking.
- Tissue paper/Newspaper/Bubble wrap – these packing supplies are essential when packing fragile items and filling empty space. Using your clothes and/or socks also work well.
- Tape – seal your boxes with tape, but remember that items listed on United’s High-Value Inventory Form must be left open for the van operator’s inspection.
- Plastic wrap – Need to bundle items together? Plastic wrap is your best friend.
- A sharpie – have a sharpie or marker with you at all times. Labeling boxes with the contents inside them and the room they will be moved to can be very helpful.
The Packing Process
Once you have the appropriate containers and supplies, it’s important to know how to pack. Here are a few tips, aside from the obvious,“pack heaviest items on the bottom and lightest items on top.”
- Pack according to needs – start packing out-of-season items first, then items used infrequently, and finally the things you’ll need right up until moving day. Packing an overnight bag with the essentials to take to your new destination might save you some stress when arriving.
- Group items – keep things organized even when they’re in boxes. Pack your kitchen items together, pack your electronics together, pack your china/silverware together, and so-on.
- Small hardware – don’t lose screws, nuts, bolts, and wires! Keep the small hardware intact and secure it onto the item to which it belongs.
- Cushion – make sure to properly cushion items when you’re packing them away, especially fragile items.
- Important records – don’t let important documents and records get lost in the move.
- Major appliances – you’ll have assistance moving them, but make sure to thoroughly clean them inside and out before moving time.
- Roll your clothes – for clothes that you’re going to pack away, rolling them helps prevent wrinkles and saves space.
- Get a head start – the best way to reduce stress over last-minute packing? Don’t wait until the last minute.
The packing process is a huge part of any move! We hope you found some helpful information above. If you’re a visual learner, enjoy the packing tip videos below. Call us at 419-524-3456 for more advice, solutions, and local, long-distance, or international moving assistance.