Smart Ways to Pack for a Move

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Moving can be stressful. There is so much to organize and pack before you go from one house to your new home. It is the moment when you realize that you have collected so much over the years that it’s starting to look like an episode of Storage Wars in your garage. “Overwhelming” is a good word for the whole debacle.  Relax. Just follow these steps and you’ll be an organizational moving pro in no time.

Make a folder and keep all your important moving documents in it before you leave. These can range from contracts, receipts, moving quotes, and leasing or rental agreements. That way in case of emergency you are covered.

Collects the necessary supplies beforehand. Get your scissors, tape, permanent marker for labeling, bubble wrap, and packing paper like old newspapers ahead of time. Don’t forget boxes. Your local grocery, clothing, and coffee shops will usually save you some if you ask nicely.

The first few days before moving pack things you use the least and save the items you use most for the end. Now pack your “first-night” box at once. These will be personal items you will need on your first night in your new space. These may be a toothbrush, clothing, towels, soap, you name it, whatever you think you need that evening to have an easy transition into the next day. Believe me, this will go much better for you if you are not searching for toilet paper in 10 boxes marked “bathroom” right after guzzling a liter of water.

Several weeks before even thinking about packing you can go through all your junk. This is a perfect time to get rid of old things you have collected and don’t use. You don’t want your new place to be a museum of untouched knick-knacks. Start donating, selling, and giving away the stuff that you haven’t used in 6 months. Not to mention, do you really want to go through the trouble of packing junk just to unpack it later and store it forever? Make a point to start over fresh for your new place. Back to packing.

You will put the heaviest articles in small boxes. I’ve made this mistake several times. Often I have filled a huge box to the brim with books to which my husband was unamused. You will find heavy items are much easier to carry in small packages and your back will be grateful.

This one is a given but we will mention it anyways. Organize each box according to room such as living room, guest room, kitchen, bathroom etc. Then you can get fancy with a subcategory like silverware, bedding, summer clothes, or picture frames.

You will have no part of Storage Wars once you’ve completed this ultimate packing checklist.

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