While moving into a new home is an exciting time, most of us do not enjoy the process of packing before a move. Often we find we have accumulated way too much stuff and packing everything up feels like a tedious chore.
Here are seven quick tips that can make packing before a move simpler and less stressful:
Moving is a great time to let go of excess "stuff" so you don't have to haul it to your new place. As you begin the packing process, keep boxes handy to collect items to throw away, recycle, donate or sell. Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace make it easy to get rid of unwanted furniture and household items quickly. Or, if you have time, consider having a garage sale.
Before you begin packing, decide whether you'll be moving with the help of friends or a professional moving company, which can handle everything from packing to moving. Pianos, oversized furniture and appliances can be tricky to move, especially if stairs are involved, so you might want to leave those to the pros. If you opt to have friends help you, renting an appliace dolly can save everyone's backs.
Make a simple, scaled drawing of your new home with each room labeled (ex., front bedroom, master bedroom). Then, use those same lables for your boxes as you pack. You can take it a step further by sketching a layout of where you'd like the furniture to go in each room. On moving day, give your helpers or movers a copy of the house layout, and tape each room's layout to the door.
Scribbling someone's name on the top of a carboard box is a fast way to get the job done, but it won't be too helpful on moving day. Label boxes on the sides instead, so it's easy to see what's inside while they're stacked up. Use the room names from your house sketch and include a brief description of what's inside to make it easy to find important items as you unpack.
While it can be tempting to fill a box until there is not one square inch of space left in it, consider the weight of the items inside. Instead of throwing a whole bookshelf of books into one big box, spread them out into a few smaller ones. Think about who will be carrying and unpacking with you and try to keep boxes at a weight they can safely lift.
Things sometimes get broken or damaged during a move so it's a good idea to make a back up of all files on your computer before a move. Consider moving important computer components and electronics separate from heavy, bulky items like furniture.
Lastly, pack fragile items properly. This means protecting them without adding excess weight or bulk to your boxes. Most home improvement stores sell bubble wrap, moving blankets, packing paper and other supplies that can protect your fine china, glass collectibles or other breakable pieces.