How to Pack Like a Professional
You found your dream apartment, signed all of the paperwork and are ready to move! Next up, the phase many dread – packing it all up. Fortunately, we’ve gathered the best tips from moving experts that will help you pack smart to make the tedious process easy:
First, if you’ve got a few extra days, a move is a great time to go through your belongings and get rid of unwanted or unneeded items. Do this beforehand so you don’t have to take them with you.
The Right Tools for the Job
Before you begin packing the rest, make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need:
- Cardboard boxes of various sizes
- Plastic storage boxes
- Packing paper, newspapers or paper bags
- Bubble wrap or shredded paper
- Blankets for wrapping furniture
- Packing tape
- Sharp knife or box cutter
- Labeling stickers or masking tape
- Permanent markers
- Ziplock bags for small items
Pack A Survival Bag
Whether you do it first or last, you can avoid a major headache by packing essential items in a box or a bag that will go with you. This bag will get you through the unpacking phase after the move. It could consist of a change of clothes, sheets, towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, a couple of glasses and plates, pet supplies, valuable jewelry, perishable food items and box openers.
Take It One Room at a Time
After that, tackle the rest one room at a time. That way, all of the like items will be ready for transport together. Start with items that won’t be needed right away such as from a garage, basement or attic. Then, pack out-of-season items and décor.
Wrap It Up
Wrap fragile items such as glassware, plates, mirrors, artwork and antiques with paper or bubble wrap – towels and rags work well, too. When using paper, thick sections wrapped tightly work well, or single sheets can be crumpled to form a light barrier around the item. With bubble wrap, depending on the thickness, one or two sheets will be efficient. Create a layer of crumpled paper or bubble wrap around all sides of fragile items. Avoid using printed newspaper on dishes and glasses as the ink can sometimes leave a mark. Not everything needs to be wrapped; Books, papers, toiletries and pantry items can go into a box as-is.
Think Inside the Box
While it may seem easy to pack all of the books or plates together, that can make for a really heavy box that might be challenging to lift or could break if not adequately secured. Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in the largest boxes. Align plates and books vertically for structural support.
Leave Your Mark
Label all boxes with the room they will be going to or the contents in them. Put a number “1” or “A” on those boxes you’ll want to unpack first. Label any boxes with fragile items and, if necessary, “This End Up.”
Don’t Pack Everything
Leave those clothes in your dresser drawers – they are already in a box! (Though, remove small items that could fall out.) Luggage and laundry baskets are also great options for packing clothes and shoes.
Make a List
It might take more time, but a detailed inventory of what is in each box can be a lifesaver when searching for things before you’ve fully unpacked.
Coil and fasten all cords so they don’t get in the way or pulled out and damage the item.
Packing can be a drag, but hopefully these tips make it easier and prep you to begin life in your new home with some sanity!