As we have been de-cluttering our house we have also started packing like the pros! After getting several quotes for moving across country we realized one way to save money is to do the majority of the packing ourselves. When the house went on the market we packed up the family pictures and various knick-knacks that we want to keep, but that don’t need to be on display. While I miss having family photos out having less clutter around makes keeping things cleaned much easier.
We have moved several times in our life. For our last move we rented a truck and drove from Florida to Vermont. Longer moves are more challenging than an across town move and you want to make sure you pack your items securely so they survive the trip. Here are a few tips to help you pack like the pros!
First tip is to use the right size boxes.
Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger boxes. This is not only helpful when loading the truck but there is a better chance that everything will arrive to your new destination without breaking.
When packing don’t leave any empty spaces in the boxes.
Fill any gaps with clothing, towels or packing paper. The goal is that your boxes are balance and tightly packed.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
If you are trying to fill small spaces you may end up having a few random items in a box, but for the most part you want all the kitchen items in one box, pantry items in another box and bedroom items in yet another box. This will make your packing quicker and your unpacking much easier.
Be sure to label your boxes.
This will help the movers to know where the boxes belong in your new home. Number each box and keep an inventory as you pack. This will help you keep track of what you’ve packed and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack. Whatever you do don’t mark a box “MISC”, you will have no idea where that box goes when you get to your new home.
Tape your boxes well.
Tape the bottom and top seams and then make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where the stress in concentrated.
As you pack your dishes, put paper between each plate and then wrap bundles of 5-6 plates together with more paper. Always pack your dishes on their side. Be sure to use plenty of bundled paper as padding above and below the breakables. Cups and bowls can be placed inside each other, just be sure to use plenty of paper in between. Use special dish boxes for your breakables as well.
For pictures behind glass, make an x with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put in a special fame box. Put cardboard between each famed piece for more protection.
Taking a few precautions as you pack your belongings will ensure that everything arrives safely. Have you ever made a long distance move yourself? We will hire movers to pack the truck and drive our belongings across country, but we expect to save some money by doing the majority of the packing ourselves. Following these simple tips will help us pack like the pros and guarantee that our belongings arrive safely in our new home!