Packing for a move is about has much fun as having a tooth pulled. But unless you’re leaving everything behind, it’s a chore we must endure. Here are some tips to help get you through the moving and packing process with a bit of sanity and on to enjoying your new home.
- Declutter. If you haven’t used the item in the last year you probably never will. So give it away to friends or family or donate it to charity. If charity won’t even take the item, chuck it. You may also want to consider a garage sale for all your unwanted items.
- Collect free boxes. Forget spending loads of money on boxes. Check with local retailers like grocery, liquor and hardware stores to see whether they can give you leftover boxes. Also check out your local Freecycle page or Craigslist for people looking to give away boxes from their last move.
- Clearly label your boxes. Based on the rooms where they’ll go, label boxes on every side. A color-coding system (i.e. red for kitchen; blue for bedroom; etc.) works very especially well. (Here’s a funny story: While preparing to move, my mother asked my 15yo son to label some boxes and put them in her car. It wasn’t until she got the boxes to storage that she noticed his creativity. Boxes of books were labeled “My First Sex Tapes,” “Hot Males Dancers,” and much worse. Oh the mind of a male teenager.)
- Don’t skimp on tape, both in terms of quality and quantity. Use tape amply when boxing up precious items like china, housewares, frames, and anything breakable.
- Don’t break your back with heavy boxes. Rule of thumb: The bigger the box, the lighter the content. For example, books should go in small boxes, shoes and clothes in midsize boxes and bedding in large boxes.
- Be creative and don’t waste space. Don’t just use cardboard boxes to pack your things. Consider packing belongings into coolers, totes, laundry hampers, baskets, and empty suitcases.
- Think inside the box. Wrap and cushion breakables using towels and clothes. Not only is there less chance for things to break, you’re also packing up other items you plan to take with you.
For more moving tips, visit my Pinterest Moving Board.