| Aug 14, 2014
Packing is by far the most frustrating part of moving to a new home. When you’ve lived in one area for a long time, possessions have a way of piling up, and getting them from point A to point B is a long process. That’s why it’s a good idea to start early. If you’ll be doing the packing yourself this time around, here’s a list of what packing supplies you’ll need and how to go about getting them. 1. Make a survey of your belongings.
You’ll most likely want a master inventory list for your move anyway (to ensure that you don’t forget anything), so take a moment to walk through each room in your house and list the contents. You don’t need to count every fork or book, but having a good sense of how much stuff you’ll be moving is good for purchasing the right amount of supplies.
. Most families underestimate how many packing supplies they’ll need. Save yourself several trips to the store by recognizing early on that you’ll most likely need more boxes, extra packing tape, and enough bubble wrap to send someone to the moon.
3. Start with the basics.
There are a few key items everyone preparing for a move needs. These include: >
Boxes (of varying sizes) >
Packing tape >
Large trash bags >
Bubble wrap (you can use crumpled up newspaper for many of your valuables, but make sure you have bubble wrap for large electronics like your television) >
Stretch wrap >
Newspaper/brown paper rolls or packing paper >
Box cutter/knife >
Safety gloves >
Permanent markers (in black or colored if you want to color-coordinate your packing list) >
Labels 4. Buy specialty boxes
. When it comes to packing up and moving, no two boxes are created equally. These days, there are special boxes for just about every piece of furniture in your house. Depending on what you’re moving, you may want to look into: >
Wardrobe boxes >
Mirror/painting boxes (also known as telescoping boxes) >
Dish packs >
Dish barrel boxes >
Mattress boxes 5. Exercise caution.
A good rule of thumb when packing up your home is to make sure no box weighs more than 50 pounds (with the exception of large items). Any heavier, and you risk not only injury, but the box breaking down, as well. It’s better to have multiple smaller boxes than a few large ones.
Don’t forget to take regular breaks as you go. While it’s possible to pack up an entire house in one day, it usually takes an entire team of movers to make it happen. When you’re on your own, start early, work as you go, and always make sure you’re using quality supplies that will hold up all the way across the state (or the country) when it comes time for moving day.