Packing can become overwhelming very quick, especially if you have been in your home for many years. It can be an emotional and physical task to conquer, but with the right tips and tools, it can be easier to get done.
Getting Started. The first thing to do when you are ready to start packing is to go room to room and decide what you want to keep and what you want to give or throw away. This will help the process go a lot faster when it comes time to packing the boxes and also helps you save money on buying more packing supplies than you need.
Once you have eliminated everything you don’t need or want, make a plan of action in which room you want to begin in. Save the most time for the kitchen since it takes the longest due to fragile items having to be individually wrapped.
Use the right size boxes. Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)
Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes. Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. It will make your packing quicker and your unpacking a lot easier, too.
Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents. This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed―and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.
Tape boxes well. Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.
Bundle breakables. As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish-barrel boxes.
Consider other items that will need special treatment.
Treat TVs like any other piece of furniture, wrapping them in quilted furniture pads if you do not have the original box. Plasma TVs require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box and can be ruined if you lay them flat. If you’re packing yourself, double-box your TV, setting the box containing the TV into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper