Moving is a complicated process. We know you don’t need us to tell you that! But it is a painstaking, gradual, and sometimes stressful ordeal – even with a wonderful result at the end of it. You are essentially uprooting all of your life and possessions, packing them up in a truck or van, and heading out. If you have never done it before, it can be especially overwhelming. But believe us when we say that there’s an art to moving – more specifically, there is an art to packing. Here are five packing tips for you to use the next time you are preparing to move.
1. Large Boxes Are Not for Heavy Items
While you are packing, you will undoubtedly think that the larger the box, the bigger & heavier the things you can put into it! Well, no – this is actually a common mistake, because what happens when you have a large box filled with your heaviest items? You get one that weighs a ton! That will be too much for you to handle, and it may even be too heavy for movers to lift without help. Definitely use smaller boxes for heavier items.
2. Keep Specific Items for Each Room in Their Own Boxes
For organizational purposes, it will be much better to have items from each of the rooms in your house in their allocated boxes. When you get to your new property, it will be much easier that way. If you’re unloading a box with things from your living room and you open up the kitchen or bedroom items, things just get complicated. You’ll save time when you keep “room boxes” separated.
3. Label Well
There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to thoroughly and clearly label your boxes. It’s for your benefit, the movers’ benefit – trust us, everyone will benefit! We recommend numbering your boxes to easily keep an inventory when you reach your new home. Labeling also allows you to indicate when there are breakable items in a certain box. And of course, label the boxes with the room they belong to for additional organization.
4. Wrap Fragile Items
When you’re packing up your kitchen, or are dealing with glass or breakable items, you need to wrap them thoroughly. You can purchase packing paper from any home improvement store, but even towels, sheets, or other fabric items in your home can serve as awesome cushioning while the items are en route. Did you know that with your dishes, it’s important to always pack them on their side and not atop each other? That’s absolutely accurate. Cups and bowls can be stacked in a box but need to have something in between them. Both will require extra forms of padding for more shock absorption.
5. There Cannot Be Too Much Tape
Moving is a jostling, fast-paced process, between packing the boxes, loading up the truck, and unpacking boxes again. For this reason, you do not have to hold back on the tape when you’re loading up the boxes. A worst-case scenario would be a box popping open – especially if there are breakables, as it could mean disaster.
American Way Is Ready
At American Way Van & Storage, we are ready for whatever residential move you have in store for yourself and your family. We are also experts at packing, and offer comprehensive packing and crating services when you find yourself literally too busy or overwhelmed in the process. To begin planning your move, call us today at 937-898-7294 for a free estimate. We are based in Dayton and serve cities across Ohio.