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Packing to Make Your Move Easier

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By : Dylan Taft    99 or more times read
Moving can be one of the most angst-ridden tasks we face, or at least the packing portion of it. It seems like it takes forever to fill the boxes with our precious belongings. Few people look forward to packing for a move, but with a little pre-planning, a good collection of sturdy boxes and a well organized to-do list, the transition can be much smoother.

Before you start the process, try to have the extras in place: packing tape, newspapers, bubble wrap or plain newsprint for wrapping breakables, black or other colored markers, paper and pens to list contents of box.

Make sure you have important paperwork readily at hand in a bright folder or other other carrier that will not get lost in the shuffle.

Moving is the ideal time to clean the years of clutter in your life. Go through items you have had in storage for months, or even years, and be ruthless with yourself. Do you REALLY need those snow skis and boots you've kept for six years, even though you have no desire to strap them on again? This is only one example of what can go to the thrift store, the recycling center or even the garbage. Why move items if you are only going to store them again for months? This adds an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "Use it or lose it."

The other best piece of advice possible is to start early. There are many ways you can get a jump on the sometimes-overwhelming job of packing to move.

Here are some tips for stress-free packing:

  1. Start boxing items that will not be used for 4-6 weeks prior to the move. Stack them in the corner of one room to keep them out of the way.

  2. Label each box with the contents, as well as the room it belongs to, for easy recognition during unloading. You may also want to use a color coding system.

  3. Use linens, towels or blankets to keep large breakable items safe during transportation. Be sure to label box as FRAGILE.

  4. Moving companies offer plain newsprint paper for packing dishes and glassware. This saves washing after unpacking. You can also rent padding from these companies to avoid scratches on furniture.

  5. Pack one box with a pot or frying pan, plates, utensils and glassware for the first meal so you can cook without having to unpack everything the first night at your new location.

  6. If you have pets, finish packing one room and empty the contents. Then place your pets in that room until the commotion has subsided. This will keep them from being overly stressed. Once all your belongings are out of the house, you can place your pets in the appropriate carriers to take them to their next home.

  7. Schedule your move on a weekend, or at a time where you can have an extra day or two to unpack and get settled. This will allow your stress level to be much lower and you will be able to enjoy your new surroundings.

It is also a good idea to speak to your insurance company to find out how much coverage you have for a move. Make sure you are able to make a claim for any damage to your items in case of an accident.

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