Packing Tips from the Pro:

Moving is one of the most stressful times for any family. Although you might feel that you have more than enough time, moving day will be here before you know it. Make moving easier on you and your family by following these simple tips:

  1. Start Early
    Your first step should be a quick sort through the house. Throw away or donate items that you’re not going to use or don’t need anymore. Try not to do this while you’re packing as those “remember this” and “remember when” moments can severely delay the packing process.
  2. Pack Room by Room
    Packing room by room is the best practice to help with finding things on the other end. You should always try to keep items from one room together. You might be tempted to mix items from your kitchen and dining room—but note it might take more time to put these items away in your new home. The ability to unpack quickly means you will feel more settled, and the last thing you want is rooms full of half empty boxes.
  3. Pack Fragile Items Tightly
    The trick to making sure that items don’t break is to limit the dead space and movement inside of the box. You should try to imagine that each box is a puzzle and when you’re packing, you’re trying to put all of the pieces together inside of the box. When space is left between items, they can shift during transit and the carton can crush due to the load being placed on top of the box. The best way to do this is by wrapping the items with unprinted newsprint and filling those voids with crumpled paper.
  4. Label Your Boxes
    The Sharpie or similar marker can be your best friend for the tail end of the move. Clearly label the general contents and the room that it came out of on the outside front of the box. Think: “Dishes/Kitchen,” “Toys/Playroom,” “Books/Family Room.” Don’t just label on the tops of boxes, because they might be stacked four or five boxes high. Stick to sides, so that labels will always be visible.
  5. Open First” Box
    Consider packing one box that has all of the items in it that you’ll need right away. The contents of that box could include items like screwdrivers, utility knife, hammer, nails or picture hanging hardware, paper towels, dishtowels, toilet paper, coffee maker (and filters), a flashlight, and a telephone. Label this box: “Open First.” Explain how important this box is to your driver and ask him to make this the first box that’s carried into the house.
  6. What Shouldn’t or Can’t be Packed
    When in doubt, don’t pack it. For example, if you don’t want soda spilling all over your clothes, don’t pack soda. Every mover has a list of “prohibited” items such as bleach, ammonia, aerosol containers, and other combustible items. Don’t be tempted to slide these into boxes. Chemicals react differently when mixed with other chemicals and environments. It’s just not worth the risk. Plus, packing items that are on a DO NOT PACK LIST will void any valuation (mover’s code for “insurance”) provided by your mover. Other items to avoid are anything that freezes (liquids in glass or plastic containers), or anything that melts (aka: candles) depending on the time of your and location that you’re moving. ---EF

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