Packing Tips That Help Make Your Move Stress Free

Moving is stressful, especially if you aren't organized. Packing is the most important part of the process, and often the most dreaded, because if your moving boxes aren't organized properly, it affects the rest of the moving process. Sure, you can hire a moving company that offers a packing service. But if you prefer to pack up your belongings yourself, follow these packing tips to make the process simple.

Getting Started

Before you begin the packing process, you need to get organized -- or at least slightly organized. Start by going through all of the items in your home to determine what items will move with you and what you don't need. Once you've cleared out the clutter, you're ready to begin packing.

Most people become overwhelmed with packing because they try to pack up the house room by room. They quickly become overwhelmed because they don't know what to do with things that they need, and they don't want to move onto the next room until the one they are working in is completed. To avoid added stress, start by packing the items that you aren't currently using. For example: if you're moving in the summer, pack all of your winter clothes, coats, and boots first. You'll still pack up your house room by room, but each time you make your way through each room, you'll only be packing specific things.

Packing Boxes

In order to avoid carrying extremely heavy boxes and breaking items, you need to use the right boxes and pack the boxes correctly. Ideally, you want to use boxes that are designed for moving, because using boxes from varying locations can make loading the moving van more difficult. Moving boxes are designed in specific sizes so that they easily fit into moving vans and trucks. Also, when purchasing moving supplies only purchase two or three different sizes of boxes to keep things simple. When you're packing:

  • Pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes.
  • Pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on the top.
  • Wrap anything that's breakable in bubble wrap. Avoid using newspaper because it doesn't offer as much protection and the ink can bleed onto your belongings.
  • Label each box with a general description of its contents and the room name.

Don't Pack Everything

When you're packing up your house, you don't want to pack everything you own for the movers to transport. There are certain things that you should transport yourself, such as:

  • Important documentation and paperwork
  • Family heirlooms
  • Prescription medications
  • Money
  • Valuable collections, such as a coin or stamp collection
  • Jewelry

Nobody looks forward to packing. It's a long, tedious process. However, when you're organized and you know how to pack your belongings correctly, you'll discover that it makes the entire moving process a lot easier. For more moving ideas, contact a company like a.m.p.m. Movers.