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Packing tips. How to pack for a move across the town.

Interested in packing with the least amount of effort possible? By following our detailed checklist and using our top packing tips, your experience can be a piece of cake. Packing doesn’t always have to be the worst task in the world – and while it can’t really be fun, this list can make it… bearable. We know how to make it easy for you, check our top packing tips below!

1. Start early

There is nothing worse than having to pack against the clock. Start earlier than you think you should and pack for an hour a day to avoid any stress due to the lack of time. Go slow and invest a lot of thought into this process as it is vital to the success of your move.

2. Invest in good boxes

Scoring deals for boxes might seem like a good thing to do – but boxes don’t really cost as much as you think they do and the extra cost is well worth it as good boxes will provide you with maximum protection of your belongings during your move.

3. Assemble your packing supplies

Designate a space in your home for your packing supplies, so you can have easy access to them during every part of your packing process. Instead of having packing supplies around your entire home – keeping them organized in a single space can make packing a lot easier.

4. Limit your boxes to 50lbs

Having boxes that are too heavy to handle can do more harm than good during your move. It is better to have more boxes that are easier to handle, than less boxes that you can barely lift safely. Limit the weight of your boxes and set a maximum of 50lbs per single box.

5. Don’t pack what you don’t need

If you don’t need it – why pack it? Instead of holding onto items, you can actually donate them to people who might actually use them, or sell them to earn some cash to fund your move. Regardless, why spend supplies and pay to move items that you no longer use, or haven’t seen in a year?

6. Don’t leave your kitchen for the end

The kitchen is the most complex room to pack as it holds the most stuff, and the most fragile items too. Either pack your kitchen in two phases – leaving items that you use everyday until the last week before your move, or pack it little by little when switching between rooms.

7. Pack room by room

Don’t bite more than you can chew – trying to pack your entire home without a plan can result in a chaotic packing experience – pack room by room, and pack the rooms you use least, first. Leave your most used rooms until a week or two (depending on the size of your move) before moving day.

8. Plastic wrap is your best friend

To prevent liquid spills, plastic wrap can come in handy. Unscrew the lids off of the bottles of your liquids and secure the openings with some plastic wrap before putting its lids back. You want to prevent spills during your move that can result in your boxes falling apart.

9. Use newspaper as padding

Newspaper is an amazing padding alternative, especially when packing up your dishes and glasses. Filling up your boxes with newspaper is another great alternative if you run out of bubble wrap during the packing process.

10. Small boxes for heavier items

As previously mentioned, you want to pack boxes that will be easy to handle. Your heaviest items should be packed in smaller boxes, and lighter items in larger ones. Don’t ever stack heavy items on top of each other, as the chances of your boxes falling apart will be high.

11. Make sure to leave no space in your boxes…

Fill up your boxes with packing peanuts, newspapers – whatever you can think of. You can even use clothing as padding inside your boxes. You don’t want the contents of your boxes to shift, so if your box rattles – it needs some padding to fill up the space.

12.  …but don’t overfill them

Overfilling your boxes is another mistake that you should avoid. Fill the empty spaces with padding – not more items – you want your boxes to be manageable during your move – and your contents safe, too.

13. Label your boxes

Label your boxes – contents and all. You will thank yourself when unpacking and knowing exactly where each item is.

14. Find your electronics boxes

It was an amazing idea not to throw out your tv box and other electronics’ boxes. They are the best form of protection for your expensive electronics, so if you still own them after all these years – definitely put them to use!

15. Don’t forget your moving survival kit

Don’t pack the items you use on a daily basis – but instead, make a moving survival kit. This should include items you use everyday like medication, clothing, coffee, toilet paper, a box cutter, your toothbrush etc. You will have immediate access to these items as soon as you arrive at your new home.

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