When packing for a move, you want to be as efficient as possible. This will help your moving company safely load your items onto the truck and deliver them to your home. It can also help to make the unpacking process a bit easier. Here are a few tips you can use as you prepare to begin packing for your move.
While it may be tempting to pack as much as you can into your boxes so you have fewer to move, this can lead to damage for fragile items. Packing boxes full of heavy items can also make them difficult for your moving company to handle. Pack fragile boxes with plenty of packing materials for cushion, and fill empty space with newspaper or tissue paper. For heavy items, such as books, pack them into smaller, more manageable boxes instead of putting your whole collection in one or two large boxes.
Using Unconventional Containers
Your moving company may have some rules regarding which types of containers you can use for packing. For example, some moving companies won't move items packed in garbage bags, as they can't be responsible for potential damage to items inside the bags, Reused boxes can be flimsy, and they may break or tear under the stress of moving. Instead of using some of these items you already have around the house, talk to your moving company about which types of containers to use. You can purchase new, sturdy moving boxes, or you may be able to rent heavy-duty plastic containers from your moving company.
Not Organizing First
Sometimes, people packing in a hurry may throw a lot of different types of items into boxes to speed up the packing process. This may help you to get everything ready in a short amount of time, but it will also complicate things when you begin to unpack in your new home. Instead, find a packing strategy that will make sense when you are ready to get settled into your new home. Pack items up by room, and sort like items into boxes. For example, pack kitchen towels, hot pads, and other small accessories in one box, and use a few other smaller boxes to pack away fine china. Glasses and coffee mugs can be packed together, and silverware can be packed with kitchen utensils. When your boxes are sorted and organized well, you'll be able to unpack and settle into your home quickly.
Your moving company can provide other suggestions about how to pack your items efficiently, and some companies even offer packing services that take the guesswork out of the process.