Did you know the average British citizen will move eight times? That’s a lot of organizing, packing, lifting, unpacking, and settling in. Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get.
But, what if you could get it right the first time around and, dare we say it, have a relatively smooth and enjoyable move? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. In this article, we’re going to outline five packing tips that’ll make your first of (potentially) eight moves a smooth one.
1. Get Box Smart
This is the packing tip to end all packing tips. Use the right size boxes. Use large boxes for light items, such as sheets and linens. Then, use small boxes for heavier items, such as your beloved library of books.
Also, always put the heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on top. Beyond that, when you’re loading the truck, plan to load the heavier boxes first. This will enhance the balance and stability of your truck.
Regarding the lighter boxes, don’t leave any empty space. If you have a box of breakables, i.e. vases and frames, empty spaces leave room for items to clank and break, no matter how well they’ve been bubble wrapped.
2. Keep the New Floorplan In Mind
Don’t pack based on your current household. Pack according to how you’re going to unpack on the other side of the rainbow.
If you have the chance, sketch a rough floorplan of your new home. How will you arrange the furniture? Try to keep those pieces together.
3. Be Hyper-Organized
If you’ve never been an organized person before, allow this to be the one and only time you’re hyper-organized. Don’t commingle living room items with bedroom items. Mixing items from different rooms creates a major headache in the new place.
Also, create a checklist. As you pack each item, add it to the checklist. Then, label the box accordingly, indicate that on the checklist, and get ready for smooth sails when you’re looking for a frying pan and a wine glass on your first night in the new place.
4. Show Favoritism
That is, set aside certain items that won’t go into the moving van. What will you need easy access to along the journey to your new home?
Have a separate box or bag with a few pairs of clothes, toiletries, and possibly a few books or decks of cards for that first night when you may not have any TV or Internet.
5. Don’t Underestimate the Job
Don’t assume that, just because you’re organized or starting early, you don’t need a lot of help. Just the opposite — get all the help you can!
Think about how much we accumulate throughout the course of our lives. How can one person possibly pack all that up with organization and safety? Rather, hire a team of moving pros. Call in all your friends. Don’t try to go it alone.
Packing Tips for Pros
And there you have it! With these packing tips for pros, you’ll be able to track and locate every item in your new home. What a joy that will be.
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