Start Early & Stay Organized
Procrastination is the enemy of efficient packing. Give yourself ample time to pack, starting weeks or even months in advance, depending on the volume of items.
Gather Quality Packing Supplies
Before you even start, stock up on:
Use the Right Size Boxes
Heavier items should go in smaller boxes to ensure they’re manageable. Conversely, lighter items, like linens or pillows, can go in larger boxes.
Wrap Fragile Items Individually
Each delicate item should be wrapped in packing paper or bubble wrap. For ultra-fragile items like ceramics or glass, consider double wrapping.
Use Divider Inserts for Glasses & Stemware
These can be purchased or crafted from cardboard. They’ll keep glasses from knocking against one another.
Pack Plates Vertically
Instead of stacking plates, stand them up like records in a box with plenty of padding beneath and above. This reduces the risk of breakage.
Fill Empty Spaces
Use crumpled paper, towels, or packing peanuts to fill voids in boxes, ensuring that items don’t move around during transit.
An overstuffed box is more prone to tearing or breaking. If it’s too heavy for you to lift comfortably, it’s likely overpacked.
Seal & Label Every Box
Seal boxes with high-quality packing tape. Label each box clearly with its contents and the room it’s destined for. For fragile items, mark boxes with a big “FRAGILE” sign.
Use Original Packaging
If you kept the original packaging for items like electronics or collectibles, use them. They were designed for that specific item!
Protect Your Art & Mirrors
Use picture boxes and plenty of cushioning. Corner protectors can also be beneficial.
Secure Furniture with Moving Blankets
Furniture, especially wooden pieces, can easily get scratched. Wrap them in moving blankets and secure with moving straps.
Photograph Electronics Setup
Before unplugging, snap a picture of the back of your TV or other electronics. This makes setting them up in your new home a breeze.
Pack an Essentials Box
This box should contain everything you might need immediately upon arrival: toiletries, clothes for a day or two, important documents, medications, and any other must-have items.
Hire Professionals if Unsure
If you’re uncertain or uncomfortable packing specific items, consider hiring professional packers for those particular things or even the entire move.
With careful planning, quality packing supplies, and attention to detail, you can ensure that your personal items are transported safely during your move. Take the time to pack correctly; you’ll thank yourself when you unpack your precious belongings unharmed in your new home!