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Moving Essentials 101: How to Pack for a Move

July 15, 2020

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Are you figuring out how to pack for a move? That can be a difficult proposition.

How do you even know where to start? Do you hire someone, or do you organize the move by yourself?

Well, never fear — we've got you covered. Here are the number one best tips so you can organize your upcoming move.

Go Through What You Have

You'll need to know what you have to pack before you pack up, right? You should make a detailed inventory of everything you'll be taking with you.

That way, you'll know what quantity of moving supplies you'll need (such as boxes and moving tape), you'll know what to tell your moving and storage company, and you'll know how many people you'll need to help. 

Get Rid Of What You Don't Need

You can accumulate a lot of unnecessary stuff when you live in one place for a long time. When you move, you may have a surplus of items you don't really need anymore. That's especially true if you're downsizing, moving to a smaller house, or if you're moving from a house to an apartment.

A good way to organize your stuff is to sort into different piles.

One pile should be for things that need to be thrown out (trash, broken things, and the like). Another should be for things that can be donated (items that you and your family no longer use, such as outgrown clothing, but are still in good condition). And lastly, one should be for items that can go to storage, plus items that should be packed or moving.

That way, you'll be able to visually see what's happening.

Organize Any Unnecessary Items First

You should start by packing up any items that you won't need in the near future. That can include clothing that doesn't work for the current season (such as winter clothing if you're moving in the summer). Items that are already in storage can also be packed in advance.

Next, you can go through knickknacks and decorative items. These are things you don't want to misplace or damage in the move, but that you don't need for your day to day life. They can be packed up safely early in the process.

After that, you should pack up any extras of necessary items that you have lying around. Extra towels and linens, formal dishware, or other doubles can all be packed up early in your move.

Once you've gone through your extras, you should pack up your books. Books are very heavy and difficult to pack. And, unless you or a family member are in school or an academic field, you can probably go without books for a could of days.

Books can be a roadblock in your packing process, but when you get it done early, you'll be relieved that you have lighter things to pack up during the rest of your move.

Organize and Label

When you get to your new place, you don't want to be tearing apart your boxes looking for the things you need, right? That's why you need to sort and label your boxes, so you'll know where everything is when you arrive. Make sure to be careful, and label right after you finish packing up a box so that you don't forget what's in there.

If you want to take it a step further, why not take a detailed inventory of things you need in each box? That way, you'll never be confused about what you have and what you're looking to find. It should even help you not have to buy multiples if you misplace something. Organization is the real key to moving, so make sure you have that skill in place.

Be Careful When You Pack

You don't want to arrive at your new home with a bunch of broken items, right? That's why it's important to pack properly and carefully. Use plenty of bubble wrap when packing any delicate options, like framed photos and dishes.

Make sure any cardboard boxes are secured with plenty of tape, laid correctly. Secure any Tupperware containers or drawers with tape and padding. If you have anything particularly important and delicate, you'll want to do specific research into transporting that item safely. Or, you can transport that item yourself individually.

Do The Necessities Last

There are some things you need to leave until last when packing for a move. You don't need to be searching through your boxes for kitchen utensils or socks a week before you move.

Things you will need to live before you move should be the last things you pack before you head out.

Find A Company That Works For You

If you're planning on moving your items yourself, you'll have to find a company that suits your purposes. For D.I.Y. moves, you'll want to look for a company that allows you to pack at your own pace, minimize the number of trips, and give you options for storage if you need them.

Make sure you know what your needs are, and look into what companies work best for what you're looking for in a move.

How To Pack For A Move is Simpler Than You Think

It's not as hard to figure out how to pack for a move as you may think. You just need to plan in advance and do your research in advance. And, working with a good company can help you get your move going smoothly and efficiently. If you know what you're doing, it'll be a breeze!

Are you looking for a D.I.Y. moving company in the areas surrounding Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, or London in Ontario? Contact us, and we'll help you get started!


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