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Before packing, you want to make sure you are prepared so that you have everything you need and on hand when you begin packing your belongings. Check out the list below for things to keep in mind before starting the packing process.
1. Have Packing Supplies on Hand
Getting together all of your packing supplies ahead of time will be very helpful for when it’s time to begin packing. This includes moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, markers, and scissors.
2. Label Everything
Designate boxes ahead of time and label them accordingly. This will help tremendously with organization and efficiency.
3. Purge Old Belongings
Now would be a great time to get rid of any unwanted items within your home. The more items you can donate and sell, the less you will have to move into your new residence.
4. Make Lists for Cancellation of Services
Since you are moving out of your residence, you will need to send up end of service dates, final bill dates, and change of address information. To help with organization, make a list of everything that will need to be altered, including mortgage bills, auto loans, credit card billing, and cell phone accounts. Don’t forget to forward your mail.
Moving Supplies Checklist
Here is more information on item number 1 of the pre-packing checklist. This checklist will include all of the moving supplies and packing supplies you will need before starting to pack up your belongings. Keep in mind that you can enlist a moving company like Plycon that will provide packing materials. If not, then you will need to budget for moving supplies and may have to order ahead of time. See below for all of the moving and packing supplies you may need.
Boxes are probably one of the most important items you will need when packing your belonging. Boxes will keep loose items together and will also help with organization purposes. It may be a good idea to start stocking up on cardboard boxes from online orders, such as Amazon. These can be very handy and items usually arrive in larger boxes that can be used for moving. You can also order cardboard boxes in bulk from Amazon, or purchase cardboard boxes from office supply stores or hardware stores.
How Many Boxes?
You do not want to underestimate the amount of boxes you will need during your move. You also do not want to overestimate and waste money or room on a bunch of boxes that you are not going to use. If you have large items that need to be packed away, then you will need to dedicate a large box to just that one item. Smaller items can usually go in smaller boxes or be contained together in larger boxes.
Since every move is unique depending on how large your current home is and how many belongings you have, it may be tricky to determine exactly how many boxes you may need. Here is a good baseline to get you started. A typical three bedroom home will require anywhere from 80-150 boxes. Keep in mind that most of your items will be packed in boxes. This does not include large furniture or hefty appliances.
Here are some factors that can help determine just how many boxes you may need:
- Number of Rooms
- Number of Years in the Home
- Number of People
- Square Footage
- The Lifestyle of Your Family (whether you are a collector or minimalist)
Types of boxes:
- Small – for books and fragile items
- Medium – small appliances and regular household items
- Large – for lightweight to medium-weight items such as pillows, blankets, and clothing
- Extra Large – for bulky lightweight items such as wardrobe boxes and comforters
- Electronic – specially sized boxes for home entertainment devices (media players, gaming systems, cords)
- Heavy Duty – reinforced boxes for fragile collections and dishes
Believe it or not, there are different types of tape you should be using for different reasons during your moving process. You should use great quality tape that is durable and has good adhesive power. Now is not the time to be skimpy on the quality of tape. Also think about purchasing a tape dispenser or a tape gun that will help make the process more speedy and efficient. See below for different types of tape:
- Packing Tape – used for sealing boxes
- Shipping Tape – can be used in pace of packing tape
- Masking Tape – used for labeling boxes
- Duct Tape – used to reinforce heavier boxes
3. Bubble Wrap, Pads, and Sheets
You DO NOT want to spend all this time packing only to have your items break upon arrival of your new home. Therefore, you will want to purchase materials that will protect your items during the move process. See below for some materials we like to use to protect our packed items:
Bubble Wrap is our best friend when packing and protecting our household items. You may want to consider purchasing a large roll of bubble wrap that can be used to wrap and insulate fragile items in your boxes.
Stretch Plastic Wrap
This type of wrap is used to bind items together and help barrier furniture in order to prevent scratches, dust, and other types of damage.
You can cover large appliances and furniture with either furniture pads or thick blankets. A neat trick is covering fragile furniture items with a furniture pad or thick blanket AND THEN using the stretch plastic wrap for extra protection.
4. Other Tools
Here are some other items you may need during your moving process that will come in handy:
- Permanent Markers
- Box Cutter
- Toolbox (screw driver, wrench, etc.)
- Newspaper/tissue paper (to wrap glass items)
5. Cleaning Supplies
You will want to have cleaning supplies on hand to clean up as you pack. Be sure not to pack away certain cleaning supplies and have them accessible during your moving process. This includes a broom, dustpan, vacuum or hand vacuum, sponges, paper towels, garbage bags, multi-purpose and glass cleaners.
Once you have prepared all of your packing supplies, it’s time to start the journey of packing up all of your belongings in an efficient manner. Take into mind some of these important concepts before sealing up your boxes and loading them onto the moving truck.
1. Pack Items Used Infrequently With Each Other
It is important to pack strategically as you may have A LOT of items that you have used throughout the years. Take a minute to think about things you use on a daily basis, and things you have not used in the past few months or even years. These items should be packed together so that you can set them aside and unpack at your own leisure when you are settled into your new home.
2. Leave Items Out That You Will Need Until Moving Day
No-one wants to be living out of boxes, even for a short period of time. Therefore, you should leave items out that you will be using on a daily basis. These are things such as a coffee maker (if you like having coffee every morning), your toothbrush, blankets,
3. Pack Similar Items Together
Packing similar items together will help with organization purposes and make it easier to label boxes and put in the right rooms for when you move into your new home. This could be anything from kitchen utensils to toiletries.
4. Keep All Parts or Pairs Together
There is nothing more frustrating than having different parts or pairs of things scattered all in separate boxes. Don’t make yourself have to dig through a bunch of boxes in order to find all the parts to your blending machine. Keep everything together, including all parts, in one box.
5. Wind Up Electrical Cords Together
You can save a lot of room by winding up your electrical cords and packing them nicely in a box instead of just throwing them in. This will also limit the amount of untangling that will have to be done when you unpack.
6. Pack Fragile Items In Newspaper or Tissue Paper
It is smart to wrap fragile and/or glass items in newspaper or tissue paper to protect them. Before the move, try to stock up on newspaper and/or tissue paper so that you have plenty to wrap your fragile and glass items in, such as glass plates, glass cups, and fragile momentums.
7. Build In Layer With Heavier Items on the Bottom
When packing multiple items in a larger box, it is important to build in layer and pack the heavier items on the bottom. Don’t let your lighter items be crushed by heavier items.
8. Avoid Overloading Boxes
You may want to try and pack everything you can into one box, but you should try to avoid this. Overloading boxes can do more harm than good. First off, the more items you pack in one box, the heavier it will get. This can cause ripping of the cardboard box or your box can just break all together. Also, you will want to be able to close the flaps on the box and tape it shut. Overloading a box might make it impossible to close and secure your box.
9. Pack Firmly to Prevent Items from Shifting
Throwing loose items into a box without care can cause items to move around and maybe even break. Try to pack items firmly into the box in order to prevent them from shifting or moving around.
10. Seal Boxes Tightly with Tape
We discussed before which moving supplies you should have on handy and one of those items was tape. Once your items are packed securely in boxes, make sure to seal your boxes tightly with tape.
11. Label Boxes with a Sharpie
Use masking tape and a sharpie to label boxes in order to make it easier when bringing boxes to your new home. Label your box with a general idea of what is inside of the box and which room in your new home the box should go. For example: Silverware, Kitchen
First Night Box Checklist
The first night of your move can be very exciting. It is essential that you prepare and your essentials on hand and ready for your first night. Therefore, we have put together a first night moving kit that will contain any important supplies that you may need on the first night of your new home. The first night moving box’s purpose is for items that you will need and will be easily accessible. This should limit some stress when spending the first night in your new home.
This box should travel with you or be the last box loaded onto the moving truck. Make sure that it is labeled properly and does not get lost or misplaced. See below for some essential items that should be included in this box.
1. Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies
When you move into a new home, there may be some basic cleaning and disinfecting that needs to be done before settling in. You will want to do a quick scrub down of surfaces that should not take too long. Therefore, make sure to pack some basic cleaning supplies in your first night box, such as paper towels, cleaning solutions and spray, gloves, trash bags, broom and dustpan, vacuum, and anything you usually use to clean.
2. Other Important Utilities
It’s important to have utilities on you that may come in handy the first night and while unpacking the next few days. These items include box cutters, a hammer, a screwdriver and screws, pliers, light bulbs, flashlights, and extra batteries.
3. Food & Drinks
It is important to plan your eating arrangements for the first time. You can always order out, but make sure you have non perishable snacks on hand in case your refrigerator or freezer are not up and running at first. Make sure to also have plenty of water bottles on hand to stay hydrated.
4. Sleeping Arrangements
You will want to have a good night sleep as the next few days of unpacking will be tiresome. Hopefully your beds will be moved so you will want to bring sheets and pillows. If not, you may want to plan to have sleeping bags or air mattresses ready for the nights you will be without your bed. If you are using an air mattress, don’t forget to bring an air pump!
5. Personal & Hygiene Supplies
Make sure to have your personal items packed that you use on a daily basis. These items include your toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and shampoo, brush and comb, clothing for the next few days, toilet paper, bath towels, cosmetics, and chargers for personal electronic devices. Your health is important, especially during a move. Make sure to have any medications and first aid supplies on hand.