Packing for a long vacation can be overwhelming. Packing up everything you own and moving it to a new house? That can be downright panic-attack-inducing. But do us a favor: take four deep breaths and try to relax. We’re here to help you pack for your move. Keep reading, and we’ll help you out with every packing related issue we can think of: what to pack first, how to pack, and even a seven-step guide to packing your house. Let’s dive in.
The better you prepare for your upcoming move, the easier it will be. Many people dive right into the packing process without planning beforehand. While this is tempting, it almost always ends in a tornado of disorder and frustration.
So, before you start packing, we suggest that you do a few things first. You should start by transferring your information—this includes your utilities and your address.
Call your utility companies and pay off any outstanding balances. If you are moving to a new destination in your city, just have your utilities transferred to this new location—things like garbage, electricity, gas, water, etc.
Changing your address is easy and we have made it even easier for you—simply head to MyMove and the directions to change your address. The United States Postal Service oversees all address changes. Or, if you want one service that can handle all of your address change needs in one place, check out Updater.
Once you have changed your address and transferred your utilities, you can now start packing.
But, before you do, it may not be a bad idea to get your hands on some cheap (or even free) moving supplies. That’s right, we’re talking boxes. Scoring free moving supplies is all about looking in the right places. Do you have any big box stores or grocery stores near you? If so, they receive hundreds of boxes every week. Swing by and ask if you can take a few dozen or so off their hands.
As for packing tape, we recommend that you spend a little extra money to get some good quality tape that is sturdy and durable. The last thing you need in the midst of a chaotic move is boxes falling apart and your belongings bouncing around the moving truck.
In this section, we are going to show you how to make moving easier. We have broken it down into 7 easy-to-follow steps.
Please keep in mind, while we recommend this process, there is no “perfect” way to pack. So do what is most comfortable for you. These are just the steps we have found are the easiest for the customers we’ve worked with in the past.
Okay, you might be saying. That’s great. You gave me a nice seven step list. But where do I start? I have a whole house full of stuff here! And believe us, we get it (we are in the moving business, after all). Standing there, looking around at your books, your TV, your clothes, your pots, and pans—it’s overwhelming. So when you’re packing to move, where to start?
Here, we’re a big fan of the “lowest hanging fruit” principle. The lowest hanging fruit principle states that, essentially, when you have a long, complicated course of action in front of you (like packing up everything you own), start with the easy, straightforward stuff first. This is a simple way to avoid getting overwhelmed.
But how do you identify which tasks are the easiest? First, make a list of each room in your house. Think about packing your house room by room. If you think about packing everything in the whole house at once, we guarantee you’ll get stressed out. Instead, think about each room, and then break down the stuff that’s in each room into smaller categories. For example, the categories in your living room might include the following: books, entertainment equipment and accessories, decorations, and furniture.
Once you have your list of rooms and the categories of stuff in each room, find the smallest, simplest category. Begin there. When you’re working on this task, it may be tempting to try to work on other tasks at the same time. Or, maybe you’ll get stressed out and start thinking about everything else you have to do. If that’s the case, we have a motto for you: the task at hand. Repeat it to yourself over and over. You can only pack your whole house by working on one task at a time, and that task will get done a lot faster if you focus all your energy on it. One thing at a time.
We wanted to dedicate an entire section to packing moving boxes because it’s important for a stress-free move. The first piece of advice we will give when it comes to packing moving boxes is this: pack heavy belongings in smaller boxes (ideally boxes that have handles). It is much easier to pick up a small 50-pound box than a large one. Large boxes tend to be awkward to carry and difficult to pack in a moving truck.
Our next piece of advice when it comes to packing moving boxes is this: never risk it. If you have a valuable item that you are worried about damaging, don’t give it a second thought—protect it. Put bubble wrap, blankets or packing paper around it to protect it from the hustle and bustle. And, quick side note: pack your dishes vertically, it reduces the risk of them breaking.
Lastly, don’t try to over-stuff moving boxes. Cramming and overloading boxes with belongings can lead to damaged items and increase the risk of the box ripping. 25 items in a box are much easier to move than 25 items scrambled all over the grass.
If you decide to let Bellhops handle your next move, you won’t have to worry about this section, being that our team will take care of this for you. But, if you choose to go solo, here are a few things we recommend.
When you are packing a moving truck, always pack your heaviest items near the front of the moving truck or farthest away from the doors. This reduces the risk of them crushing your other belongings or falling out when it’s time to unload.
Place your mattresses and box springs on the left side of the moving truck and your couches and furniture on the right. This will give you the optimal amount of room to fit your other belongings in.
Place your heavy boxes near the back of the moving truck or near the doors and be careful not to stack them too high. Again, you don’t want them to fall out of the truck when you open the doors.
Awesome. Now you should have a good idea of how to pack for a move. You’ll be ready to move before you know it!
We are going to leave you with one final piece of advice that we mentioned once earlier—start packing two, three or even four weeks in advance. We can’t over-stress how important it is to pack earlier rather than later. The most stressful part of a move is scrambling around last minute to get everything that needs to be taken care of—taken care of.
As long as you have your boxes packed and ready, the toughest part of your move is over. Unpacking is the easy and exciting part—setting up your new life in a brand new home.
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