Packing for a move takes skill. While most people will never get enough practice to truly get good at packing, it is easy to make your move simpler if you give some thought to your packing plan. All you must do is plan carefully before you start packing, and be sure to keep a few general tips in mind to make the process go as efficiently as possible. If you do everything right, your move will be much more pleasant for everyone.
1- Pad Efficiently
You will almost certainly need some cushioning to keep your fragile items from getting destroyed while you move them. There are a lot of different options, but you rarely need to purchase any dedicated cushioning materials. Instead, you can use items that you need to pack to provide cushioning for your other possessions.
Towels, blankets, and even clothing can all work. Simply wrap them around your fragile items, just as you would wrap them with bubble wrap. You will normally want to use thick layers of padding to ensure adequate protection. As long as you pack these items carefully after you wrap them, you will be able to keep them in good condition without wasting space on new cushioning.
2- Pack Gradually
You should never wait until the last minute to do your packing. Not only does that cause stress, it also means that you will not have enough time to deal with unexpected problems as they arise. Instead, you should try to do your packing gradually over the course of about one month before you move. Start by packing any objects that you do not use very often, since packing them early is unlikely to cause problems. Save the things that you use daily until the very end. If you can make multiple trips to your new home over time, you can even spread out the transportation to avoid having a single stressful day of hauling boxes into your new home. This can also make it easier to call in help from friends who have tight schedules.
3- Color Code Everything
You need to be able to identify your boxes quickly when you are unpacking. The best way to ensure that you can do that is to seal each box with a specific color of tape the corresponds to the contents. Electrical tape is usually your best option for doing that. It comes in a huge variety of colors, it is durable, and it usually peels off of the box easily by hand.
4- Heavy Items Need Small Boxes
You can easily hurt yourself by lifting too much weight at once, so you should take steps to limit the weight of each box. You can easily do so by making sure that heavy items go inside small boxes, while light items go in bigger boxes. That will make sure that you only lift a few heavy objects at once, and it should keep the total weight of each box roughly equal.
5- Cover Your Bottles
Liquids require special care when packing. It is normally best to avoid moving with laundry detergent and other fluids when possible, but you will normally need to take some with you during every move. You should wrap the top of each bottle with plastic wrap, or cover it with a plastic bag that is reinforced with a rubber band to ensure a good seal. You should do this even if you are only transporting sealed bottles, since they can easily get opened by accident during shipping. If they do open, the plastic will contain most of the spill to keep your other items safe.
6- Try Clear Boxes
One of the worst parts of a move is quickly sorting through boxes to find toilet paper or other items that you need frequently and quickly. You can avoid that problem by putting all those items in clear boxes. That will make it so you can check each box without opening it, and help you find the right box faster by restricting your search to the clear ones and ignoring the opaque boxes.