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Top 10 Packing Tips When Moving

Tags:  Packing Tips,  Moving Tips  | 02-13-2021

Moving would not have been so nightmarish if it were not associated with the ordeals of packing and unpacking. With these two being unavoidable, we can at least make packing easy and safe through some judicious organization. Following here are the top 10 workable packing tips:

1) Pack In Time

Do not delay packing to the last minute. You never know how much confusion would the last hour packing cause besides making you nervous and prone to damaging your household stuff. Depending upon the size of your move and distance of your proposed relocation, you should plan and start packing in advance. It is recommended to read the sections How far in advance should you plan a move and What should I pack first when moving for some gainful insights on sensible packing.

Make a to do list and a date wise schedule of your packing. A general rule is to pack off season stuff first followed by the stuff in the order of less priority. Pack the daily needed items like the kitchen things and toiletries in the last. Consider reading the sections on long-distance move and short-distance move further as per your requirement.

2) Go for Good Quality Packing Material

It is not recommended to pick cheap quality packing material like tapes and cardboard boxes. The inferior quality packing material will come cheap but will put your household stuff at the potential risk of damage. Just think of a low-grade cardboard box giving in when you pack an aquarium in it. The damage to your priceless aquarium will take away the charm of moving to a new home. Thus, check the quality of packing material especially the cardboard boxes. It is further advisable to put an additional layer of tape at the bottom of the boxes carrying heavy stuff to lend some extra strength. Just in case. Similar is the case with the adhesive tapes. If they come off while carrying the fragile stuff, the result will be a killjoy.

3) Do Not Hesitate to Seek Help in Packing

Seek Help in Packing
You are no superhuman who can do each and everything with perfect ease. Packing being an art will be best accomplished with collaborative efforts. Thus, take your family into confidence and involve them in. If required, you can accept voluntary contributions from your close friends and relatives around too. There is no harm either in taking suggestions from the approachable people around who recently moved or getting tips from online sources.

4) Apply ‘Division Of Labour’ Strategy

It is best to divide up the packing tasks. How about the children packing up their toys and books with you as their supervisor? And womenfolk taking care of their wardrobe packing? Similarly, you can divide the packing assignments among your family members and see how efficiently they do it. The kids are sometimes most excited to participate in challenging jobs. Let them label the boxes with colourful marker pens. They will enjoy the art and you will get free help. You can also promise a reward for the best packer. Do not miss to advise on space and energy saving techniques. How about showing them a YouTube video or two on packing hacks before they go packing?

5) Pack Solids and Liquids Separately

Pack Solids and Liquids Seperately
Do not pack liquids like medicines, edible oils or similar commodities with the other solid stuff like clothes. An accidental damage or spillage will spoil the clothes and other things in the packing box. Additional care is required to pack liquids. Ensure the following while packing the liquids:
  • See the lids are tight and the corks/packing plugs are in place.
  • It is better if bottles are given an additional envelope of polythene or, at least, old newspapers.
  • Use separate polythene/paper packing for different bottles even when they are being packed in the same box.
  • Put some cushioned packing (old newspapers, magazines, cloth rags etc.) between the bottles. You never know what jerks and jolts these items would have to bear while getting transported.

6) Make Handy Arrangements for Small Stuff

The smaller items like jewellery things (earrings, nose pins, rings etc.) could be easily lost.
  • It is better to devise special cases and exclusive arrangements for these items if their original boxes are not available. Plastic boxes, pencil cases, goggles cases, medicine boxes, gift containers, egg cartons and travel boxes can be good options to secure your jewellery things.
  • The nose pins and ear rings can be secured by piercing a visiting card, small cardboard piece or foam sheet and locking or taping firmly.
  • You can also loop your chains through a drinking straw and lock the two ends afterwards to save them from getting jumbled up.
  • A word of caution. It is NOT advisable to label ‘Expensive Jewellery’ and throw the box in the movers truck. It is best to keep it with you.
  • Pack your necessary documents (identity cards, verification papers, licences, travelling tickets etc.) in a safe packing and keep them handy with you. Pay special attention to your wallet and cash which must be in your reach while travelling.

7) Use the Science and Art of Packing

It is easy, convenient and safer to put small sized items into large boxes and large sized items into perfectly fitting boxes. Also, stuff foldable and flexible things like clothes in large boxes. This will ensure more stuff packed in minimum possible boxes and will be safer too. Do not fold the big linen like mattresses and cushions but roll them. This saves space and additionally summon your creativity and apply some safe DIY tricks like:

Use the space inside the shoes. Good place to stuff undies.
Pack goggles, spectacles and small medicine bottles in the woollen socks. Safety assured.
Use empty space in the boxes. Stuff them with warmers and vests which do not need ironing. Besides utilising space, you will be shock proofing things already packed up in the boxes.

8) Segregation and Labelling

Proper Labeling
Do not ever consider packing like throwing your stuff as and where possible. Be sensible and consider you have to unpack too. From an organizational and convenience point of view, it is recommended to put the items of similar usage in the same carton or box. Just like you should put kitchen equipment in a dedicated container and washroom accessories in a separate one. You will not like the trial of fumbling with the things later on when you unpack at the new home. Neither will your kids love to struggle for their untraceable toothbrushes which could be hiding among the kitchen knives. The idea is to classify the boxes and yes, label them legibly. Each of your family members must be able to read from the label about which box contains what.

9) Give Packings While Packing Fragile Stuff

The fragile items, breakables and delicate stuff and yes, the cherished things like glass paintings need to be given additional care. Do not forget to put a shock absorbing packing inside the boxes covering all sides. Some handy shock proofing can be done with foam, newspapers crumpled into packings, rags and bubble wraps.  A broken piece will break hearts. So, it is recommended to save both through sensible packing. Pay special attention to those things that must be kept in an upright position. Label the box accordingly.

10) Go for Specialty Movers for Special Stuff

If you find yourself fumbling, apprehensive or incapable of packing fragile stuff, do not over-experiment with your untried stunts. You may end up doing more harm than good.  It will be worth it if you call specialty movers who are expert in packing and transporting such stuff with ease and safety. They have the right kind of packing material handy and more importantly possess the required expertise.

You can never imagine how much relief a sensible packing can bring when you see it saving your space, energy and money.

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