When packing for a move, it is important to have all of the moving packing in place as soon as possible so that you do not waste valuable time. It is important to begin packing for a move as early as possible preferably the day before. And remember: packing for a move is not about “how to pack for a move”. The bottom line: packing for a move is tiring and its really a lot of work!
The first step in packing for a move is to do an inventory of your things like furniture, mattresses and boxes. Make a list of how many boxes and what condition they are in. Note the type of packing materials you will be using and if they will need special attention (i.e. bubble wrap protection film). Also note how many of each kind of packing material you will need.
The next step in packing for a move is to gather your packing supplies together. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a single box labeled with the contents of the move. Then put each box at the beginning of your moving carton. Note: do not put the moving box directly on the floor or beside the moving carton. This could potentially cause the weight of your items to sag and damage your fragile belongings.
Next, take pictures of all of your items. Be sure to take pictures of your furniture, bedding, dishes, etc. Be sure to take pictures of any new home extras that you will need such as curtains, towels or light fixtures. Keep all extra boxes that you need for the move with you so that you can easily retrieve them when it is time to unpack your things. You may also want to take along your contact information so that you can let friends and family know that you are moving and this will ensure that they will be able to help you with your packing.
On the day of the move, it is advised that you do not pack too much in one day. This is because you want to give your items a chance to air out if you are unable to get rid of them immediately. In some cases, it may be better to allow your items to stay in their original packaging rather than packing them more tightly in one day. However, if there are valuable items that must be gotten rid of immediately, it is advisable that you put these items into their original packing so that they can be inventoried and properly removed from your home.
If you do need to get rid of items, it is a good idea to label each box and have a written reminder of where each item goes. This will make the move go much easier. If you want to label each box, there are many boxes available at the supermarket that make label making simple. You can even buy software that can label anything you desire. Having labels on your boxes will make it far easier to locate everything.
On the day of your move, it is recommended that you pack your most important belongings into heavy duty packing boxes that have some foam in the bottom. This way, the items will be less likely to be tossed or banged around in transit. One thing that people often forget to pack with them is bubble wrap. However, this essential packing material can keep items like pictures and other fragile items from getting damaged during transit. In addition to wrapping your clothing and other belongings in bubble wrap, you should also use a layer of plastic sheeting between all of your fragile items.
One thing that people often forget about packing with them is packing tape. However, the tape can help protect your furniture and will make sure that all of your boxes are flat and protected during transit. To get an idea of how much packing tape you need, simply divide the total number of boxes by the number they are filled, then multiply that number by two. That is how much packing tape you will need for your move.