10 Moving Packing Tips
Here are 10 moving packing tips. When it comes to packing, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The temptation to get disorganized and just toss everything in boxes may get immense. However, follow these simple tips to most effectively—and ultimately, most easily—get yourself ready for the big move.
- Go to 24-hour supermarkets between midnight and 5 a.m. to ask when they throw out boxes. It's then that stores stock, and stores often simply throw away all sizes of boxes that you could use in your move. If you don't want to spend big money on boxes that you're only going to throw out immediately after the move, hit up the local groceries and 24-hour marts to find boxes that will likely be simply given to you.
- Box things up by the room. This is essential for ease in unpacking the items when you move.
- Box up larger items first. This helps to keep it ultimately more organized.
- Try blowing into plastic, sealable bags, then using it as cushion when packing. This can be popped, so you don't want to use it on ultra rare items, but it can be a great packing assistance for everyday items that you want to protect with minimum weight and bother. It saves money on styrofoam packing, and that helps the environment as well.
- Don't be afraid to ask for a little help from your friends. Serve refreshments, play hit music and make it a packing party. This may only entice your very best friends to participate, but it will certainly help the time go faster for you. Before you know it, you can be packed up. It should be noted that you should only invite people you trust for this endeavor. You don't want any items going away without you.
- Label each box twice. The first label should be done with a thick black marker. It should designate the room that the box belongs in. The second label should be done with a smaller marker or pen. It should list all of the contents of each box. This helps prevent loss without being able to pin down what is missing.
- Consider moving yourself if it's not too far. Your car and a friend's truck could complete the move, or you could rent a van with a professional moving or truck rental company.
- If you decide to go with a moving company, try to take the small things in your car first. If the job is smaller, you can save a lot of money in many situations. However, be sure to check with your moving company of choice first. If it's simply a flat rate per apartment, there's no need to do that.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you try to lift things that are too heavy for you, you could end up seriously hurting yourself and breaking your own items. Instead, ask for help, whether it's from a family member, friend or professional moving company.
- Don't pack your most valuable things. Keep them with you and move them yourself, obviously aside from very large items that must be moved by others.
With these 10 Moving Packing tips, you should have a much easier and less stressful move.