An Orderly Packing Process

An orderly approach to the packing process provides several benefits. First, a logical plan insures that sufficient time is available to pack and eliminate a last minute rush. Second, the purging process will save on moving costs and eliminate part of the burden of unpacking. Third, by packing seldom-used items first, they may be loaded on trucks first and unloaded last. This is a great way to gurantee your arrival in a home goes smoothly. The most important items are the first unpacked and carried into your new home. For a large household, this consideration can save hours of frustration waiting for a few necessities to appear. Finally, an orderly packing process prevents breakage.

Use Proper Packing Boxes and Supplies

Start packing a month in advance. With enough time available, buying sturdy packing boxes, bubble wrap and duct tape is easy. A miscalculation in the amount of necessary supplies is not a cause for concern, but rather, additional items may be purchased without rushing on moving day.

Delicate items require more time to pack properly. Use bubble wrap to prevent chaffing and rubbing. Allow sufficient space at the top of each box to provide a small degree of flexibility without crushing contents. Seal all boxes firmly with duct tape and label accurately. In this way, contents are safe and easily identified when arriving in your new home.

Require sturdy packing boxes for all moves. New clean boxes prevent soiling and insure against unexpected surprises. Over time, cardboard tends to absorb moisture and becomes weaker. Buying new boxes is a cheap way top protect all belongings from unnecessary damage. Also, be aware that clothes present an especially delicate problem. Specially designed wardrobe boxes are available that allow clothes to hang naturally without wrinkling or soiling. These boxes are also great for long-term storage of seasonal items after moving. Buying new boxes is perhaps the most affordable and effective way to protect all personal items.

Timing is the Key

By starting early, packing an entire house is not difficult. Gather boxes and supplies as you need them and do not rush. Similar items should be grouped together when packing rooms. A few moments spent labeling boxes, especially file boxes, will also save hours of searching and sorting later. A great attitude also helps. By the time you begin unpacking in your new home, the extra attention spent will be greatly appreciated by all family members. All personal belongings should arrive safely and find a proper place with ease.

Packing Tips

Start packing from the attic to the basement. Organize and box everything in your attic, this can be done weeks before your moved because you are most likely not using much of anything in your attic. This will also bolster your attitude and give you the energy and encouragement to continue with the rest of your packing.

Next move to your closets. Ask yourself if you have worn something in the last year, if you haven't you probably don't use it enough that it needs to be kept. Start a donation pile and be aggressive purging your closests of all the old stuff you simply don't use anymore. It is liberating to free yourself of all the material mess. You will feel mentally lighter and more free after this cathartic cleansing.

The last step and the hardest part is packing all the clothes and items you use all the time. A great suggestion here is leave out only the items that you use all the time, more specifically in the last ten days. Everything else can be packed in a box and left open and sealed the day before the move, that way you can still access your most used items while still being fully organized for your move.