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Master the Art of Packing for Your Move

Moving to a new home is equal parts exciting and stressful. While you may be looking forward to starting fresh, the idea of packing up your entire life can feel overwhelming. But with some planning and smart packing techniques, you can make the process much smoother. Here are my top tips for packing like a pro when moving houses.

Start Early 

Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing. Give yourself at least 1-2 months before your move date to start going through items room-by-room and packing up what you can. This prevents a huge time crunch at the end.

Stock Up on Supplies

Invest in proper packing supplies like boxes, tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers, and packing paper. Having enough boxes in multiple sizes makes it easier to pack different shaped items appropriately. Label makers are also extremely helpful for quickly identifying box contents.

Create a Smart System

Develop a consistent labelling system to identify what room the box belongs in and a general description of its contents. Use colour coded stickers or labels for each room. Number the boxes in sequence with their respective room also. For example: 

Kitchen

Box 1 – Pots and Pans

Box 2 – Food Storage Containers

This makes unpacking much easier when boxes are placed in the proper rooms.

Pack Room by Room

Don’t mix items from different rooms into the same boxes. This creates chaos when trying to unpack. Pack up each room completely before moving onto the next area. 

Start with Out-of-Season Items

Things like holiday decorations, summer/winter clothes, sporting goods, and recreational items can get packed up first since you won’t need them right away. This clears space for more essential items.

Be Smart About Loading the Truck

Load the heaviest boxes, furniture and appliances into the truck first. Then load lighter boxes on top towards the nose of the truck. Keep frequently used or fragile items together towards the back of the truck for easier access when first unloading.

Pack a Personal “Open First” Box

Designate one box to pack essentials like toilet paper, shower curtain, paper towels, cups, utensils, soap, phone chargers, tools, trash bags, snacks, towels, and a change of clothes. This way these items are together and easily accessible when first arriving at your new place.

How to Pack Difficult Items

Artwork and Mirrors: Wrap all artwork and mirrors in paper pads or bubble wrap. Then sandwich between two flat sides like cardboard or foam. Label boxes “Fragile” and load up last.

Dishes: Wrap each dish and cup individually with packing paper or bubble wrap. Then pack vertically in a dish pack box. Slate foam or cardboard can be placed between layers. Mark “Fragile” and load towards the back for easier access. 

Clothes: Use inexpensive wardrobe boxes or garbage bags to pack hanging clothes to prevent wrinkling. For folded clothes, pack into suitcases or bins.

Furniture: Disassemble bed frames and larger furniture items. Wrap all glass and wood surfaces with moving blankets or padding. Clearly label any hardware bags or small components.

With some preparation and smart packing techniques, you can seriously cut down on moving day stress. Taking the time to pack properly helps ensure your belongings arrive safely at your new home. Happy moving!

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