1. Don’t Procrastinate
We know it can be difficult getting started. A few weeks before to your move, begin packing several boxes a day. Start with items that are not essential to your day-to-day life. If you keep at it, you will be more organized and the task won’t be so overwhelming. Make packing easier by not procrastinating.
2. Do One Room at a Time
Focus on one room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent small items, like knickknacks, from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.
3. Label Your Boxes
Clearly label the top and side of each box. Write a general description of the contents and the room name. Use different colored markers for each room, which will provide additional clarity for you and your movers.
4. Use Packing Paper
Keep it clean. Regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your items. Use white packing paper to wrap all (not small) items.
5. Stick with Moving Boxes
Using boxes designed for moving is your best choice. Boxes picked up from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. Not to mention, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.
6. Moving Valuables
Not everything should be boxed up. You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables. Make packing easier by decided what doesn’t need to be packed and put that in a separate, smaller box that you can easily carry in your car, on your own.