Packing can be the most time-consuming part of a move, but if done properly, it can be stress-free. Begin by gathering packing supplies. Don’t wait to begin packing. Each day, try to pack a few boxes of non-essential items. Clearly label all boxes and keep a moving checklist. To reduce the amount of packing you’ll have to do, go through each room and see what you can sell, donate or discard. Prepare large appliances ahead of time, such as the fridge (defrost it), stove and washing machine. Disassemble furniture, if possible, and roll up rugs. Take a picture of the back of your TV to help remember where the wires go. For dressers, remove the drawers and keep clothes in them. You can also use your suitcases for packing. When it comes time to load the moving truck, put heavier items in first. For valuables, take them with you rather than load them onto the truck.
- Get your supplies organized first in one specific area, with a table that you can use while packing
- Start packing slowly weeks before you move, and make sure to go through your stuff and get rid of unwanted items
- Have a plan to keep you organized, and label everything by its room as you continue packing
“When you buy boxes, remember that you’ll need different sizes plus a few specialty boxes.”