Over 5 million existing homes were sold in the United States in 2019. And while buying a new home can be a life-changing event, there’s one part of the process that isn’t fun: moving day.
If you don’t know how to pack moving boxes, or how to plan for a move, you’re only going to make things worse for yourself. The good news? Packing for a big move isn’t as complicated as it may seem on paper, as long as you know what you’re doing.
In this article, we’ll give you a few tips and tricks you can use to plan and execute your big move. We’ll also tell you about a few common mistakes to avoid, so you can better protect your most valuable possessions.
Start Packing as Early as Possible
We get it. The last thing that you want to do is live in your current space while it’s disorganized and chaotic. But the sooner you start packing up for your move, the easier and less stressful the entire process will be for you.
In fact, we recommend that you have everything packed up at least two days before you have to move. That way you can take a break from all things moving before you have to haul all of those boxes from one place to the next.
Purge Any Unwanted Items as You Pack
As you start packing up your home, you’re going to come across tons of items that you no longer want or need. There isn’t going to be a better time to donate or throw away those items than while you’re packing, which is what we recommend you do so at that time.
After all, the more stuff you give away, the less stuff you have to pack and move. So if you haven’t worn or used something in a few years, go ahead and get rid of it for good.
Organize Your Boxes by Room
When you’re packing, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make the unpacking process that much easier for yourself. One of the best ways to do that is to pack your boxes by room so everything is organized smartly for your move in.
Be sure to label your boxes well, too, so you remember what is in each one. If something is fragile, make sure you and anyone helping you move are aware of that, too, so nothing gets damaged during the process.
Protect Fragile Items Using Clothes and Towels
Regardless of what all you own, odds are there are quite a few items that are more fragile than others and require extra care during the moving process. The best way to do this, while packing, is to use clothes and towels to protect your most fragile items.
Wrapping dishware in towels or fragile decor in shirts not only helps you protect those items, but it does so while packing up other items (clothes and towels) that you need to move, too. On top of that, it helps you keep your moving budget low, as you’ll be using items you already own while packing, which is a huge plus.
Don’t Overstuff Your Boxes
If you don’t know how to pack, or you’ve never packed before, you may feel obligated to stuff each box until it’s full. Doing this will not only make most boxes too heavy to lift but will also make them break easily, which isn’t what you want.
Because of this, we recommend that you don’t overstuff your boxes when packing up your home. Use towels in shirts to fill up any empty spaces to better protect your items, as well as help to make your boxes sturdy enough for stacking.
Invest in a Hand Truck
Again, the worst part about moving is having to move all of those heavy boxes. And while manual labor is pretty much unavoidable, you can pick up a hand truck and make the entire process that much easier for you and everyone else involved.
The best part? You can rent hand trucks from your local moving company for an affordable price. That way you can move multiple boxes at a time, with ease, helping prevent injury in the process.
If you’ve got a ton of boxes to move from one place to another, consider investing in a moving company to help you out.
Eat and Hydrate Well on Moving Day
One thing that most people don’t think about on their moving day is themselves. More specifically, people often get so wrapped up in the moving process that they forget to eat and drink, which of course isn’t a good thing.
Again, give yourself plenty of time to get your move done. That way you can take your time, and take breaks, giving you and everyone helping you time to get a bite to eat during the day.
Picking up a pack of water bottles is also a good idea, as again, it can be easy to get dehydrated during the process. This is especially important if you’re moving during the summer months, where the heat can be dangerous to you and your health.
Still, Need Help With How to Pack Moving Boxes?
Remember, the earlier you start planning and packing for your move, the better. Waiting till the last minute, or not knowing how to pack moving boxes, is going to make the entire process miserable for you, which is what you don’t want.
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