We’ll be the first to say that packing to move isn’t always the most fun way to spend your time, but when done right, it can make the difference between a quick and easy or stressful move. That’s why our experts at Pack N Move in Visalia put together this packing checklist — to help save you time, energy, and worry in the weeks leading up to your relocation. So before you start jamming random things into falling-apart packing boxes for moving, take a moment to read through these tips.

Get Rid Of Things

One of the most common mistakes people make when moving to a new house, townhome, or apartment is neglecting to get rid of things they no longer need. Things like old cell phones, dated holiday decor, and clothes that no longer fit should be the first to go, especially if you have no personal attachment to them. Preparing to move is a great time to purge through this stuff and have a yard sale so you can make a little extra money to fund the big move.

While we understand that some things are hard to part with due to their nostalgic value, odds are, half of your fully grown child’s old schoolwork and art projects could be disposed of. After all, if there was any time to get rid of all those old macaroni noodle crafts filling your storage room, this is it. Trust us, they won’t even notice they’re gone. The same goes for untouched family heirlooms that were once owned by your great, great grandfather — if his old table saw or rifle is of no use to you, there is no need to feel guilty about letting it go. But before tossing it in the dumpster, be sure to contact your extended family members to see if they’d want it.

Organize & Label

Once you’ve gotten rid of the things you know you won’t miss, it’s time to organize everything else into categories and label the boxes they’re packed in. Got a bunch of cookbooks, family recipes, and food magazines filled with all the delicious dishes your family loves? Designate a packing box specifically for these items, as well as any other cooking materials that fit. Got a garage full of camping gear? Go through everything and set aside a box specifically for your camping stove, cookware, tent, bungee cords, flashlights, hiking boots, etc.

Trust us when we say that things are much easier to pack and move if they are categorized and labeled — especially when it comes time to unpack and store everything in your new living space. This way, you won’t waste time and energy lugging a heavy box of your child’s sports uniforms, gear, and equipment into the house when you want to keep it in the garage. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly where everything is at all times during the move.

Get The Right Materials

Of course, these tips would be useless without first stocking up on all the right packing materials, such as durable packing boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and any other necessities like labels, markers, and a dolly. There is nothing worse than packing to move, only to have your boxes fall apart as they are lifted into the moving truck. That’s why it’s so important not to skimp on moving boxes (no, recycled boxes from the nearby liquor store don’t cut it) or buy cheap packing materials that won’t keep your belongings safe and secure during relocation.

Hire Our Professional Packers

Now, we understand that not everyone has these things on hand or wants to spend the time and money running to Home Depot the week before the big move, which is why we offer professional packing services to remove the hassle altogether. With Pack N Move as your trusted packing experts, we do all the dirty work for you — from providing all the right packing materials and organizing things into their appropriate boxes to preparing specialty items like antiques, expensive wall art, and beloved family heirlooms for the ride.

Ready to start packing? Contact Pack N Move in Visalia today to learn more about our professional packing services or continue to part two of this blog series for more items on your packing checklist!