There’s nothing quite like packing to move that makes people realize how much stuff they own, and how much stuff they really don’t need. For most of us, the worst part of packing to move is having to go through tons of household items, deciding what to keep and what to toss before moving into a new house or apartment. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to deal with any of the packing at all? At Pack N Move, we offer professional packing services to make your moving experience pleasant and hassle-free. Contact us today for a packing and moving quote in the Visalia and Fresno areas, or continue reading for some DIY packing tips!
Form A Game Plan
Before you go to town shoving things in random boxes, step back and form a plan to help you stay on track with your packing and moving schedule. You’ll need to get in touch with your local packers and movers to set a timeline for your move, as well as determine when certain things should be packed and loaded into the moving truck. Make a list of items you’ll pack and when, starting with items in storage and progressing to the more frequently used items as you get closer to moving day. That way, you won’t be wondering where your pots and pans are when you’re making dinner the week of your move.
Stock Up On Packing Supplies
Once you have a packing schedule in place, you can start stocking up on packing materials. Visit your local home supply store to get the best packing boxes for moving, as well as packing tape, bubble wrap, and labels to mark your moving boxes. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on packing supplies and try to save money by using beat-up old boxes that have been sitting in your basement for years. Trust us — the last thing you want is to spend hours packing up all your belongings, only to have the boxes break when your movers lift them into the moving truck. Unfortunately, packing supplies can be pricey, and it’s often worth it to use professional packing services if you have lots of items to move.
Pack By Room
Another way to make packing to move easier is going room-by-room. Start in an area of your home with items that are not used regularly, such as your storage room, spare bedroom, or garage. Designate a color of marker for each room, and label the boxes with that color as you pack alike items together, such as holiday decorations, camping gear, books, and office supplies. Try not to mix items from different rooms in one box, as this can make it harder to find things when you unpack at your destination.
Don’t Keep Everything
It can be difficult to part with things, especially if they have sentimental value. However, these things might be taking up unnecessary space, making your home more cluttered than it needs to be. If you have lots of old clothing, inherited items, and things you swear you’d use at some point but haven’t, it’s time to get rid of some stuff. As you’re packing room-by-room, make three piles: keep, donate/sell, throw away. This will help you stay on track while packing to move, so you don’t find yourself in the weeds packing every little thing you come across.
Having a garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted items in the weeks leading up to your move. Odds are, you no longer need baby toys if your kids are all grown up, and you probably don’t need that extra lawn furniture and kitchenware that has been taking up space in your storage room either. If you can’t see yourself using these items in your new space, the least you could do is get some extra cash or make a donation so someone else can get some use out of them. Money from a garage sale can really add up — it might even pay for your professional packing services!
Know What You Can’t Move
Knowing what you can and can’t move yourself is essential for a successful move. Throwing out your back trying to lift furniture will only make your moving experience more stressful, so it’s best to leave cumbersome or heavy items to a professional packer. If you insist on doing most of the packing yourself, stick to the smaller items that fit in packing boxes, rather than trying to heave sculptures, sofas, and tables from room to room.
At Pack N Move, our packers and movers have years of experience moving heavy and fragile items, like lawn fountains, furniture, artwork, and pianos. If you are looking for a local packing and moving company to assist with your residential move, give us a call!