The process of moving can seem daunting, and there are many details to consider during a transition. With so much to think about, there are some ways to add efficiency and speed to packing, whether you have to move a single room or a whole house.
Before you begin, take stock of how you want to pack. Will you go room-by-room and pack that way, or would you rather pack all pictures in one box and all décor in another? Will you have help, or is this a solo job? However you decide to pack, a smart moving plan is important so that you at least know where to begin.
Pack Smart for Moving Day
Make a list: The last thing you want is to find that you’ve run out of tape, can’t find the scissors, or you don’t have enough boxes. Before you break out the plastic totes, make a list of all the supplies you think you’ll need. This list may include tape of various sizes, markers or a label maker, scissors, bubble wrap or tissue paper, and boxes or containers.
Gather supplies: Put all the items you will need in one central place in order to avoid confusion–place smaller items in a basket that you can take with you from room to room. This includes any rented equipment like dollies, which can be helpful in hauling large appliances and stacks of boxes.
Pack efficiently: The most least-efficient way to pack is to throw everything in together without labeling or making note of what’s actually in the box. Label boxes accordingly, and if you are super-organized, make a list of what’s in the box and keep it with lists from other areas of the home. That way, when it comes time to find the apple peeler or framed pictures, you know exactly where to find them without having to go through all of the boxes.
Use space creatively: Who says you can’t throw things into a storage ottoman, bedside table, or decorative trunk? Packing doesn’t have to happen in boxes alone; use whatever available space you have so you can maximize efficiency and save on the use of unnecessary boxes.
Prepare Now to Unpack Later
Don’t think of packing as just a chore; instead, remind yourself that the whole process can help with the unpacking later. If you pack smart, the moving process can be a bit smoother, and the unpacking a lot less hectic.