Moving can be a thrilling adventure or a nightmare. Below are 17 tips from the pros at U. Santini, to make your moving day a very positive experience. A good move starts with great packing, so let’s get started!
- Get a notebook where you will list every box and its contents. This will enable you to find what you need at a moment’s notice. Every box should have a number and that number written in your notebook. If you have contracted with a full service moving company, give them a copy of the lists and keep one in your possession.
- Leave clothing on hangers and use wardrobe boxes for these items or simply snip a hole in the end of a large trash bag and slide the hangers through it. Tie or band them together and close the open end of the bag. When unpacking, place the hangers on the closet rod and remove the bag. Most packing services
sell wardrobe boxes which have a rod at the top to hang clothing.
- Use clothing to protect breakables. They have to be moved anyway so put them to good use. Slide small items into socks, wrap glasses in sweatshirts, etc.
- Use medium sized boxes. Large boxes can get heavy so leave those for bulky but lightweight items such as bedspreads, comforters and pillows.
- Stack lampshades and other fragile, bendable items inside one another to increase strength and prevent creases. Wrap them with paper or towels to keep dust from settling and causing stains. Consult full service moving companies for tips and hints also. They are happy to share their experience with you.
- Leave clothing in dresser drawers, making sure they are full. Wrap each drawer with clear plastic wrap to prevent clothing from falling out. Place flat objects in the middle for optimum efficiency.
- Nestle bowls, pot and pans in boxes to best use the space. Pad with dish towels, pot holders and other kitchen textiles.
- Pack one room at a time. All bathroom items will then be together when you arrive at the new place. The shower curtain, towels, bath mats, etc. should be kept together.
- Silver should always be wrapped in an appropriate material to prevent it from tarnishing. This one small step can save hours of work later.
- Pack family photographs, scrapbooks, diplomas and the like separately from other items. Place them upright in the boxes and label them carefully. If possible, transport them yourself when moving day arrives.
- Rugs should be rolled up and tied. Flat, folded rugs are too awkward and heavy to easily move.
- Remove batteries from appliances, clocks, toys, etc. before packing these items. Batteries can corrode or even explode causing irreparable damage.
- Nonperishable food should be sealed with tape before going into boxes. This will prevent spillage and also keeps insects out.
- Electronics should be carefully packed in the original cartons if possible. Contact local retailers and ask for packing materials and appropriate sized boxes if necessary. They often have them left over from store displays. Business moving companies might have these in storage for sell or even give them to you free.
- Collect boxes that are mostly the same size. This will create a consistency and allow for easy stacking and handling. Then pack them full but not to overflowing.
- Label, label, label! This cannot be stressed to strongly. It is important to know what is in each box. Refer to your notebook when labeling boxes.
- Keep medications on hand until the last minute. Do not pack them ahead. Pulled muscles and headaches are common when moving. You are going to need these.
Most of all keep a good attitude and remember this move is a new adventure. Enjoy packing your treasures.