It might seem difficult to fit everything that you own into house moving boxes, though packing up your stuff doesn’t have to be strenuous. With little organising efforts and a lot of boxes, you can get your packing done efficiently. Remember some extra protection will be required for fragile and valuable items.
So before you start filling your boxes, consider the below mentioned tips to keep everything organised and make the unpacking easier.
Keep Right Tools Handy
You will obviously need boxes, then keeping packing paper, marker, tape and sharpie handy will also be very helpful. Apart from these, other supplies that you should add in your toolkit are:
- Box Opener – To pop open the sealed box, in case you need anything or while unpacking
- Dust Rag – Before you box your knick-knacks or books, you would want to get rid of the dust
- Bubble Wrap – To protect your fragile/delicate items and art works
- Zipper Bags – For miscellaneous items like pens, buttons, etc.
If this is your first move and you don’t have any boxes then start looking around for free boxes. You can visit local businesses like foods & beverages and can ask for used boxes from them. Just make sure you inspect the boxes carefully before taking them home to avoid bringing in any bugs.
And if you have budget, go ahead and purchase boxes from shop nearby or online. They’ll help you identify the quantity and size of boxes you will need. If you buy right number of small, medium & wardrobe boxes, you will have a better plan and no puzzle while packing your belongings in random cases.
Prepping the Box
Building a strong foundation by padding each box at the bottom will be best for all your stuff. You can use crumpled paper, bath towel or bubble wrap. This helps in strengthening the box and adds an extra layer of protection and saves boxes and items when they get dirty or wet while moving. Once you fill up the box completely you can pad them on the top too. Filling the box to its full capacity is always recommended to avoid destruction.
Small & Heavy
Heavy items like CD’s, books and canned goods are best to put in small boxes. You should pack books flat with heaviest and largest ones at the bottom. Once you fill the books in box, use a lot of packing or newspaper to fill the gaps. Alternatively you can also use stuffed toys or clothing to fill the box – They are lightweight and you will need to pack them too.
On the other side small boxes can be used for easily grouped items such as your silverware, picture frames and miscellaneous items in your drawer. Do remember to wrap delicate items like frames & knick-knacks with packing paper before placing them in the box. If you have anything over fragile, triple wrapping with bubble wrap is recommended.
Now it’s time to pack bigger items like your electronics, pans, pots & linens. Medium boxes are pro at handling all of these. Simply ensure to get a good weight balance in the box so that the contents in it do not move while transit. You can put all your remotes, game controllers and cords in the zipper bag.
Art of Dishes Packing
Packing your bowls and plates is not a tuff task. You can get a dish box which comes with extra layer of cardboard protection. Stack the plates vertically, add plenty of crumpled up paper to fill in the gaps as it’ll help in fortifying these delicate items and make a nice, safe dish box is ready for you.
Wardrobe boxes are a perfect choice for suits, formal wear, coats and dresses as they come with a hanging bar. It’ll be an easy move from your old closet to wardrobe box and then your new closet. It will hardly feel like packing and unpacking. Some small items like bathrobes, slippers and pillows can also be placed at the bottom.
You may have some open containers in your kitchen or bathroom that you’re planning to move. Make sure you put each one of them in a separate zipper bag. This way if anything pops open while transit you will have a small, contained muck instead of a big, messed up box. Take extra steps to write “this side up” and put arrows on such boxes. This will increase the chances of handling your liquid with a bit of more care.
Label each box as soon as you finish packing it up. As when you’ll be in your new house and walk through a sea of removal boxes you will definitely be glad and thank yourself that you did label them. It will become extremely easy for you to unpack everything in a systematic way.