Moving can be stressful when you have quite a few things to pack, regardless of how far you have to move. Of course, unless you’re a seasoned pro at moving, you may not know how to properly protect and box your belongings to ensure they survive. Here are a few packing tips that can make your life easier:
1. Use Small Boxes
It may seem like a good idea to pack everything into one big box, but there are several things wrong with this thought. Firstly, it’s harder to protect fragile items in a box that may be too large for them. Second, it can be difficult and painful to lift an extremely large and heavy box. For this reason, pack your items in similarly sized boxes that you can lift and stack accordingly.
2. Use Proper Packaging Supplies
When it comes to fragile items, it can seem like a daunting task to get everything safely packed. Make sure to use enough bubble wrap to cushion breakables from all angles and only use newspaper to fill in gaps. If you can’t afford bubble wrap, use your sturdy linens such as your towels or sheets for proper wrapping. Lastly, stack plates upright instead of flat as they tend to survive transit better this way.
3. Don’t Mix Breakables With Non-Breakables
You may be in a hurry to get out of your current home, but take the time to properly package all of your items. Don’t just randomly start throwing your belongings in a box. Pay close attention to items that can be stacked upon and place breakables into a completely different box for safekeeping.
4. Protect Your Furniture Well
Moving is one of those occasions when your furniture can suffer splits, cracks, and dings. Make sure that you remove all hardware from the furniture and especially protect the corners by reinforcing them with something soft. Cover the rest of the furniture with either old blankets or sheets you no longer use. Even old comforters are a great way to add extra cushioning.
It’s important that you pack your belongings well when you’re moving to a new residence. Anything can break or suffer damage when you’re not careful about the way you pick and stack your boxes. If something is especially important to you, make sure to take the necessary time to wrap it well with extra layers of bubble wrap and label the box as fragile.