The Complete Guide to Packing

April 1, 2021

Although moving day can be chaotic, it’s typically a quick process that takes just a day. Packing, on the other hand, can be a process that takes weeks.

It’s all too easy for your home to devolve into a mess of cardboard boxes and packing paper. Packing doesn’t need to be a challenge, though. With a developed method and plenty of packing tips at your fingers, packing is easier than ever before. In this blog, we’ll go through everything you need to know about packing your home for a move.

How to Get Started on Packing

When you think of everything that needs to be done before the big move, even just starting the packing process can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are plenty of tried-and-true tips on how to start the packing process.

Decluttering is one of the first tasks to complete. Packing up and taking items you haven’t used in years to the new house will only be a waste of your time and your new space. Take a look at our blog on downsizing your home for a better glimpse into what it takes to declutter your home.

Then, you’ll need to create a systematic method of packing. Typically, this is done room-by-room, so objects from different parts of the house don’t get mixed together.

The last task to complete before actually starting the packing process is to find boxes. There are multiple ways to do this, from Craigslist to friends and family or even asking around local stores and shops. Or, you can buy boxes and other professional supplies from your local moving company!

How to Pack for Your Move

What to Pack First (and Last)

When you finally start packing up your house, it’s easiest to start in the least-used rooms and move your way up. Start with storage and unoccupied rooms, then living rooms, and so on according to what’s important in your home. Try to save occupied bedrooms for last, along with your essentials box, so you’ll have everything you need before, during, and after the move.

Wrapping Valuables

The last thing you want is to open your moving boxes in the new home and find your valuables broken or damaged. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can prevent that from happening. First off, put valuables or delicate items in separate boxes, with clear and obvious labels. That way, both you and the movers know to be especially careful with that box.

Don’t go easy on the tape, either – ensure boxes are taped well, from top to bottom. For heavy, fragile items, like dishware, use packing paper to fill gaps in the box. For lighter valuables, try wrapping them in bubble wrap.

Need more tips? Check out our blog post on packing delicate items.

Labelling Items and Boxes

Organization is key when it comes to moving. That’s why labelling packed items and boxes is so important. Without labels, you’ll only find yourself frustrated, and unable to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, labelling isn’t challenging or time-consuming!

Labels don’t need to be fancy – you can use a marker if you want! Just write the room and contents on each box, and on individual items if necessary. Be sure to include special instructions on the label when needed, such as boxes with fragile items.

Consider Hiring Professional Movers

Moving is a lot of work and it can be a tough time to get through no matter how many times you’ve done it. However, if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can take virtually all of the stress off your shoulders.

At Eager Beaver Moving, we offer professional packing services in addition to our high-quality moving services! Whether you need help with the actual move, packing up your home, or both, Eager Beaver is here to help. Contact us or get your free moving estimate today.

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