About to make a big move? Whether you’re leaving hot ‘n’ humid Florida with visions of snowy Banff homes for sale dancing in your head or you’re a posh Manhattanite getting ready to make the short yet somehow monumental trip to suburban Queens, the following packing tips will make sure you fully prepped for the journey ahead.
Keep Your Essentials Separate
Packing takes a lot out of you. Moving takes even more. It’s understandable that the last thing you want to do upon arriving at your new house is immediately start unpacking. That’s why you should pack your most essential belongings—medications, toiletries, a couple changes of clothes, a day or two’s worth of utensils, etc.—together. This way, you don’t have to go digging through everything to get through your first few nights.
Pack Similar Items Together
This should go without saying, but don’t just throw any random assortment of stuff together. . Likewise, it’s important you label each and every box so that you know exactly what’s inside. Doing so will save you a ton of time later on, not to mention quite a few headaches.
Go One Room at a Time
It’s easy to become overwhelmed during a move. After all, you’re essentially being asked to pack up your entire life. It can be hard to know where to start, to the point where you can easily find yourself acting impulsively, wandering from room to room based on whatever whims take you. Save your sanity by taking a more disciplined approach instead. Focus on just one room at a time and don’t move on until you’re finished with it.
Insulate Fragile Possessions
One of the worst moving experiences a person can suffer through is arriving at their new home, then opening up a box only to find half the content destroyed. Between packing, transportation, picking up, putting down, jostling, and unpacking, a lot can go wrong. Do your best to insulate your more fragile belongings as best as you can. Old newspaper isn’t going to cut it. Try using bubble wrap or blankets instead.
Avoid Over-Stuffing Boxes
Along with under-insulation, one of the biggest culprits responsible for causing damage during a move is over-stuffing. Avoid the temptation to try squeezing just a couple more items in every box. All it does is put more pressure on everything inside. It also makes boxes heavier and harder to carry.
Don’t Put Things Off for Later
We all are guilty of procrastinating from time to time. It’s hard to imagine a worst time to do it, though, than during a move. Moving to a new house is hectic even at the best of times. Racing to get all your belongings packed at the last second will only make things worse. Start early and pace yourself. Before you know it, moving day will be here and things will go a lot smoother if you’re organized, prepared, and confident.