Tips for Packing Up Boxes
The Tips You Need to Start Packing
Your moving date is fast approaching. It’s time to start thinking about packing your belongings, what to bring and clearing out unneeded items before moving. While this may seem like a daunting task at first, there are several ways to make the process easier.
Stock up on packing supplies
Such as moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing foam, and packing tape. Make sure to use boxes that are designed for moving. Although they’re free, boxes obtained from grocery stores are not always clean and might not properly hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.
Use the right size boxes when packing
Place heavy items in small boxes, and light items in bigger ones. Large boxes packed with heavy items not only make the job harder but also have a higher chance of breaking. Also, don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.Fill any gaps with clothing, towels, or crushed packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.
Begin with out of season items
Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave for last the things you’ll need until moving day.
Focus on one area of a room at a time and avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box, which will make your packing quicker and your unpacking a lot easier, too.
Pack items in layers
With heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next, and lightest on top. Fill in any empty spaces with crushed packing paper (regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions). Add more crushed paper to make a base for the next layer or use towels/blankets or cardboard cut from cartons as handy dividers.
Take extra care when packing breakables
As you pack your dishes (on their sides, never flat), put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Wrap fine china, crystal, and delicate items individually in clean tissue paper or paper towels, and use a double layer of packing paper for a good outer wrapping.
Label each box on the sides and top with the room name and a description of its contents
Numbering or coding each box and keeping an inventory list in a notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed. Place a special mark on cartons you want to unpack first. To help the movers get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly, tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels.
Seal cartons well with packing tape
Use a few pieces of heavy-duty tape to close the bottom and top seams, then make a couple of extra wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges where most of the weight is concentrated.
Some things shouldn’t be packed
Heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables should be personally transported.
It’s time to get packing!