When it comes to your next move, does your checklist include the three most important packing tips?
Disclosure: I have partnered with a sponsor to write this post. Infographic provided by 1-800-PACK-RAT. I have been compensated for my time spent writing.
All opinions are my own.
As mentioned in my post 10 Reasons You Should Leave Moving to Professionals, moving is no easy feat. In fact, I have moved at least six times in my adult life. Once was from Virginia to North Carolina, another was within North Carolina, and then back to Virginia from North Carolina. So, with each move, I have learned a few things to make my moves easier.
As soon as you determine that you will be moving, start packing. Move from room to room and pack any items you are not using (or will not be using) by the time you move. Pack heavy things (like canned food, books, and electronics) in small boxes and light things (like pillows, comforters, and other linens) in large boxes.
Glass, ceramics, and other delicate materials need to be packed carefully. Bubble wrap and newspaper are great for cushioning these precious items. The worst thing that can happen is to find crumble of your old possessions once you reach your destination due to poor packaging. Cushion items further with linens to protect the open space and reduce movement within boxes.
Whether you will hire professionals or do-it-yourself, label boxes and furniture (with a sticky note, of course!), to make unpacking easier. Some ideas include master bedroom, Jack’s bedroom, Jill’s bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. When you arrive at your new home, it will be easier for the movers or friends/family to help you unpack, if they know exactly where to put everything, instead of having to ask you everything.
Gifts We Use offers a free, printable Moving Planner that features:
… a pretty basic checklist to ensure all rooms are packed and accounted for. The box total column helps to make sure that everything that went out of the old house comes into the new house. This can be especially helpful if you have items traveling in several different vehicles.