With all of the different things you need to worry about during your move, it’s easy to overlook the importance of having a good packing process. But while it may not seem like packing is something you have to put much thought into, you might be surprised at just how much of a difference a good packing job can make.
Luckily, being a good packer doesn’t require any special training or advanced degrees. Instead, you just need to follow a few guidelines that will ensure your boxes are packed properly. Here are some of the most important tips you can use when packing your belongings:
- Label Everything! If there’s one thing you’ll regret when you get to your new home, it’s not properly labeling your boxes. Make sure that you label each box using a marker that’s easy to read and won’t wear away. Make sure that each box is labeled on two sides, so that you’ll be able to identify your boxes even if they’re stacked next to each other or against a wall. Note what room each box should go in, as well as the general contents of each box, with a special note if the contents of a box are fragile.
- Pack Light. We don’t necessarily mean that you should pack less stuff overall, though many people do find a move to be the perfect time to unload unwanted (or unneeded) items they don’t want to bring along to the new home. Instead, we’re talking about the weight of each box. Lighter boxes are easier to move, less likely to cause injuries, and won’t break open or fall apart as often as heavier boxes. As a rule of thumb, experts say that it’s a good idea to limit your boxes to under 30 pounds whenever possible.
- Use Plenty of Tape. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on taping your boxes in order to save a few cents. The easiest way to lose items or break electronics and other fragile valuables is by insufficiently taping your boxes, having those boxes open, and the contents falling out. Use plenty of tape along the seams of your boxes, and then add tape across the center of the box to add even more strength to your packing materials.
- Have Cushioning For Fragile Items. If you want your fragile items to arrive in one piece, it’s important to make sure you pack them with lots of cushioning to absorb the bumps they’ll undoubtedly take on the way to your new home. Using plenty of packing peanuts can help, but you should also take care to wrap each item individually in newspaper (or softer paper for especially fragile items). Use a couple inches of paper at the bottom of each box for extra cushioning.