You’re moving to a new home! Now, the “fun” begins. Of course, we can pack your belongings for you. However, we know that you might be interested in packing them yourself.
Here are 5 tips to pack like a pro:
1. Make a “packing” game plan.
Consider the density of the box when packing moving boxes. This means packing a variety of things in a box. For example, don’t pack one box full of cookbooks. Use cookbooks as dividers for lighter-weight kitchen supplies. You’ll be thankful.
If you decide to move a box from one room to the other before unpacking, you want to make sure you can lift it. Also, lift from your hips, not your back. Pack heavy things in a small box.
For example, metal pieces, books, and records should go in a small box. Small appliances and other medium-weight items can go in a medium box. Lighter-weight items with a larger density can go in the biggest boxes.
2. Keep the packing process simple.
Label all boxes on multiple sides with the room they belong to, such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc. It’s natural to want to label the boxes on the top only. However, once the boxes are stacked, it is hard to read the labels!
Most movers deliver your boxes to one or two rooms. Our team put the boxes in the rooms where it belongs. This is just another benefit of hiring our friendly team at Central Maine Moving and Storage!
Using lots of packing paper is the #1 key to success when packing a dish box. You cannot use too much. The more paper you use, the more protection your items have.
It is also important to fill space inside the box with crumpled packing paper to ensure nothing can move around. Start every box by filling the bottom of the box with a layer of packing paper. This gives the bottom layer items a soft cushion of protection.
3. Get creative with packing materials.
Use newspaper to pack your boxes and lots of it. You can also purchase a glass kit from Wal-Mart, the Container Store, or a local hardware store. This sits right in the moving boxes! Additionally, utilize blankets, towels, and bedsheets to alleviate things from rubbing together.
4. Proper packing eliminates damage.
When packing moving boxes, stack dishes upright instead of flat. This reduces the pressure on delicate items and alleviates breakage. The pressure from above can create cracks and stress on the kitchenware. By stacking the dishes upright, you will be less likely to experience any breakage.
There are items that no moving company can transport. Check our prohibited items list. Make sure you do not pack these items. Dispose of these items before your move. Then, repurchase them at your new home.
5. Stay organized, pack smart.
Tape the bottom and top of boxes using packing tape. It’s important to secure the boxes from all angles.
Things you shouldn’t pack in boxes:
- Coin collections
- Medical records
- Legal documents, like wills, credit cards, car, or home titles
- Sentimental items like your grandmother’s doily
You can put these things in the trunk of your car.
Our moving coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your personal information.
6. Last but not least, don’t grocery shop the week of your move.
You don’t want to move a fridge full of food or a pantry full of canned goods.
As always, we can help!
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