How to Pack Like an Expert
As the saying goes, as we get older, we get wiser. Well, I certainly hope that’s true! Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping many clients relocate near and far and I’ve learned some packing “wisdom” along the way. Allow me to share some of that with you all. These 7 Tips can speed up and simply your move and hopefully help keep some of the headaches to a minimum!
7 Expert Packing Tips:
- Dressers– Don’t empty them! If they are full of clothes, just leave ’em packed. The movers will take them as is. No point in wasting time and energy to pack what is already neatly folded and organized. (Bear in mind if you have something other than cloth in those drawers, you’ll have to pack it.)
- Books-Pick boxes that are small and uniform in size. (1.5 cu. ft) Books get heavy fast. You want to be able to pack them up and stack them. And you don’t want to put too much weight in a larger box. Burst boxes just aren’t fun!
- Sorting/Packing Like Items Together– You want to keep things from the same drawer together. Think of a drawer of kitchen utensils as an example. Take a large sheet of packing paper and spread it out on a flat surface. Empty the contents of the drawer onto the paper. Roll the paper around the utensils and place in the box. Viola! Everything is packed together and will be easy to unpack!
- Packing Dishes and Stemware – Glasses – wrap glasses individually with packing paper. Line small or medium boxes with ample packing paper, rolling layers of paper into a cylinder shape and making a “mattress” of paper on the bottom of the box. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box, with lighter pieces on top. Layer spaces around the glasses with paper as well. You can also buy boxes that have individual sections for each glass. Plates – plates should be packed vertically in small to medium boxes lined with the same mattress layer of rolled paper on the bottom. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with scotch tape or rubber bands. Place paper in between the standing plates. Avoid over-packing!
- Remotes, Finials and Other Important parts– Put them in a ziplock bag first, then put them in a box. (Anything too tiny and loose in the box will just get lost.) Don’t forget to label the outside of the box well – including noting the remote is in there! Also, when packing lamps – you may pack the lamp shade in its own box or transport it in the back of your car, but be sure to keep the harp connected to the pipe or base of the lamp. Even on the same style of lamps (think matching lamps in the living room), these parts are not interchangeable and you don’t want to have lamps you can’t put back together in the new house.
- Last Minute “Exit” Box– This is the box you’ll pack last when the movers arrive in the morning. You’ll put your coffee cup, cereal bowl, spoon, cell phone charger – the last few items you used the “morning of” before departing the old house. Mark this box well so that it can be the first box you unpack at your new home.
- Marking and Inventory Boxes– Tape an index card to the outside of each box indicating the destination room, the contents and your initials. Number each box and make a list of the boxes as they are loaded on the moving truck and check the boxes off as they are unloaded from the truck. This way you will easily be able to identify if a box is missing or lost.
So Good Luck to all of you out there who are about to move or contemplating a move.
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