Save time when packing by following these simple tips.

How to save time when packing

Whether you are moving long distance or just next door, doing it on short notice or with plenty of advance warning, you just know packing is going to take a while. So we know what the skeptic in you is thinking! Is it even possible to save time when packing? Sure it is! U.Santini Moving & Storage is here as always to bring you the best tips on all things moving. And today we look at how you can make your packing as efficient as can be.

Give yourself plenty of time

It sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? But getting as early a start as possible is really the best thing you can do if you want to save time when packing. In most cases, you will have plenty of warning before you need to relocate. But even when you are moving in a hurry, take as much as you can of what little time you have for packing. Why? Because rushing means panic and panic causes mistakes. Every mistake you make will take twice as much time to unmake.

So do yourself a favor and don’t leave packing for last minute. You don’t want to be rushing around like a headless chicken two hours before the moving truck arrives. Plan, instead, to have everything done the day before the move. You may need to take a couple of days off work or you can do a little bit every day over the course of a couple of weeks. Either way, don’t underestimate how long packing takes. It will only cause more stress and make your packing less efficient.

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Starting early is the key to not wasting time.

Hire professionals to save time when packing

Most moving companies offer packing services too. So hire decent local movers Brooklyn to pack your house up and save you plenty of time. Remember, this is what they do for a living. Moving is a major event in your life, but for them, it’s just another day on the job. They’ll have you all packed and ready to go much faster than you would. Not to mention, you will save yourself the exhaustion.

Plan in advance

If you want to save time when packing, you will need to be organized. Planning your packing before you get started is, therefore, a great first step. Write up a schedule to keep yourself on track and have a to-do list ready to check off. A quick write up of things you might otherwise forget is also not going to harm anyone! A good plan has to be flexible, so don’t worry too much if you don’t always follow it to the letter. It’s meant to be more of a guideline than a rule. But to keep things running smoothly, try to stick to its general ideas.

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Sticking to a plan saves you time.

Set everything up before you start

There’s nothing worse than running out of packing supplies with only half the kitchen in boxes. You need to run out and get more moving boxes Brooklyn, tape, bubble wrap or whatever else you’re lacking right then and there or there’s no packing getting done beyond this point. Not only will this put packing on hold, but it often throws you out of the zone and has you losing steam. So stock up on everything you might need before you dive in!

What will you need?

So what does one need to pack up a whole house? Well, moving boxes are the obvious place to start. They come in a variety of sizes so choose the boxes according to your needs. And then stock up on:

  • durable tape to seal the boxes
  • bubble wrap and packing peanuts to protect the fragile items
  • resealable plastic bags for liquids and small, easy-to-lose items like chargers, cables or screws
  • markers to label your boxes

Get rid of the things you don’t need

The more things you have to pack, the more difficult the packing will be. So if you want to save time when packing, get rid of things. Lots of things if possible. Anything you don’t actually use should go. This includes clothes you’ve grown out of, children’s toys you no longer need, old appliances you’ve replaced and much more. In fact, you may even want to purge some cheap or easily replaceable things. Cosmetics, food, the artwork you’re not attached to – use them up or find them a new home. Worried about being wasteful? Most of these things don’t need to be thrown away! You can hold a garage sale for some quick cash or donate to those in need.

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If your child no longer plays with certain toys, there’s no reason to move them.

Pack one room at a time

A huge part of staying organized is doing things one step at a time. One corner here, one corner there and a half a closet upstairs is quickly going to get you lost in the chaos of what you’ve done and what still needs doing. So don’t try to swallow the whole task of packing at once – break it down into bite-sized chunks instead! Pack one room at a time to keep everything organized. Not only does this save time when packing, but also makes unpacking easier!

Make unpacking easier

Don’t forget that everything you pack and move needs to be unpacked as well! You may want to consider hiring professionals that will help you unpack quickly.  But if you want to do it yourself, you can make it infinitely easier by packing the right way.

Label everything

You don’t want to begin life in your new home staring at a dozen identical boxes and wondering where to start. The easiest way to avoid confusion is to label every box clearly. You can then distribute the boxes by room and easily find the essentials. If you can, tape a list of all items inside to the box. This way you won’t have trouble finding that one thing you suddenly desperately need but can’t remember packing!

Prepare a first night bag

There’s a number of things you will need on moving day. An oft-forgotten one among them is a first night bag or box. This should be the last thing you pack and the first you unpack. A change of clothes, a towel, a few bathroom essentials – that’s all you need. It doesn’t sound like much, but you’ll be thanking us when you walk into your new home so exhausted you just want to shower and sleep. You won’t need to open a single unnecessary box as everything you need will be in this kit!

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