Four Moving Packing Tips
Buying a new home can be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life, especially when it’s the first time. However, it often isn’t too long after you receive the keys that the reality of the situation hits you: now you have to move in. Depending on the amount of things you own, this can be an especially daunting experience, not that it’s ever a particularly fun one. If you follow these moving packing tips below, you’ll stand a much better chance of getting through your successful move with everything—including your patience—intact.
Packing Tip # 1 – Group Your Things
Although many people like to go through their home and pack things up one room at a time, you may find that this method leaves a lot to be desired. When you’re done with a certain room, many boxes may be only half full, for example.
This isn’t the end of the world, of course, and going room-by-room may still make the most sense. However, you need to at least start with a game plan early on that addresses your things by groups. By approaching your move from this angle, you’ll have a better idea of what types of containers you need and how many.
Packing Tip # 2 – Ditch Cardboard
Speaking of which, your first thought for containers was probably to rustle up a bunch of cardboard boxes. Those are considered terribly impractical these days, though, when compared to all the other options you have. Namely, you should go with high-quality plastic containers. These have become such a popular method for moving that you can actually rent them quite affordably. Hint, hint.
Using reusable boxes from Boxbee Moving means you don’t have to go hunting behind your local supermarket for spare cardboard. You don’t have to worry about constructing boxes and breaking them down, and you don’t have to worry about finding a place to discard them. These boxes are far more durable, giving you less to worry about where your belongings are concerned and they’re environmentally conscious.
Packing Tip # 3 – Don’t Just Stack Plates and Other Items
Here’s an all-too-common mistake: people assume that because their plates stack, that’s pretty much all they need to do before wrapping them up in some packing paper and putting them in a box. However, even if you pick a durable version, like the kind from Boxbee Moving Boxes, your plates still stand a good chance of becoming damaged— the same goes for picture frames and other items people often stack on top of each other. Worst yet, oftentimes they don’t even use paper, allowing the tape to noticeably damage the finish.
Though cardboard boxes are a no-no, you can still use cardboard for the extra cushion in your boxes. When it comes to pictures you want to pack together, wrap each one in packing paper and/or bubble wrap. Then tape them together, but not before you insert a square of cardboard between them, taking care that it’s a bit bigger on every side. This way, your items are securely packed, but are also protected from falling on their side or otherwise making contact with any surface that could harm them.
Packing Tip # 4 – Packing Electronics
Other valuable items you’ll definitely want to take care when packing is your electronics. Aside from making sure they are transported unharmed, be certain to put all their cables in separate bags you mark. Some people even tape them onto the wrapping materials used for each device. It might also help to tie a ribbon around various cords and write down on a notecard where they plug back into, so all you have to do is unwrap, say, your DVD player, follow some quick instructions and you’re up and running in no time.
Packing doesn’t have to be impossible and it certainly shouldn’t stand in the way of enjoying the prospect of a new home. The above advice should help you in both regards.