Packing is an unexciting undertaking even if you are looking forward to moving from one place to another. In fact, some people require as much as eight weeks of preparation when it comes to packing and even then, it still feels as though the packing process is incomplete. Did you know it is possible to plan, pack, and move within a month? More importantly, did you know that packing could be an easy and exciting process? Here are a few tips on how to pack and move efficiently.
• Assemble the Packing Supplies and Moving Boxes
Before moving, you have to ensure that you have some big boxes. You can get them from hospitals and supermarkets. Start collecting these boxes one month ahead of your scheduled moving date to avoid the last minute rush. In addition to boxes, ensure that you have wrappers, newspapers, scissors, padding supply, heavy-duty tape, labeling stickers, and markers.
• Create a Moving File
To avoid forgetting anything, you need paperwork that details all the things you need to do and pack. Some of this information should include details that you should include are the contacts of important people such as your realtor or the property owner, pet veterinarian records, your hotel reservation info, and any important paperwork that might help you in the packing and unpacking process. Creating a file with all the stuff will make it easy for you to tick every task achieved. Be sure to keep the file somewhere close so that you do not lose it.
• Start Packing the Suitcases for Each Family Member in Advance
Pack everything in a systematic fashion. Make sure that toothbrushes, bar soaps, towels, washcloths, razors if need be, and a change of clothes are easily accessible. Doing so will ensure convenience for you and your family during the moving period. Pack the suitcases in a safe place such as in the car or somewhere else where they will not mix with other stuff.
• Create Sufficient Packing Space in your Current Residence
You need enough working space where you can drag and drop the items you are packing. Ensure that you have all the packing materials with you. Once you are done packing each box, seal it and then label it accordingly. Numbering and labeling your boxes helps you know how many you have. It also lets you know if one of them is missing.
To save on the moving cost, you can use your old clothing as padding instead of buying bubble wraps. Using old clothes for padding not only saves you money but it also helps you pack those clothes as well. Remember, padding prevents the breakage of fragile items.
For more tips, check out this list from Good Housekeeping. Good luck with your move!