Packing up your whole life and moving to a new home can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you plan and prioritize, it can make things easier on yourself and your family, not to mention your movers. Take these tips with you next time you move!
Have Plenty of Supplies
Get plenty of boxes but try to steer clear of oversized boxes that would require a cart to move them. If you end up with too many boxes, you can always return unused boxes to the moving company for a refund, or recycle them if you’ve acquired boxes from retail stores. You’ll need lots of strong packing tape, and for the items that need wrapping, use packing paper or bubble wrap. You can use newspaper, but keep in mind that it can leave newsprint on your items, and you may have to clean items as you unpack them.
Implement a System
To ensure your boxes get to the proper rooms, try colour coordinating using stickers. Assign each room a different coloured sticker and place a sticker on the door to that room, then put the coordinating stickers on the boxes for that room. This is a good system if you’re using a moving company, as they may not know what you mean when the box says “Computer Room,” causing your boxes to end up in the wrong rooms. You may also want to place a sign in each room stating where to stack boxes, to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.
Create Personal Boxes
It might be a good idea to get a few coloured plastic totes and fill them with things the family will need immediately after the move. For example: sheets, pillows, home telephone, extension cords, toilet paper, towels, keys, nightlights, paper & pen, toiletries, etc.
Keep Important Items with You
You should keep important documents with you during the move, such as birth certificates and mover estimates. If you are moving to a new city, you may want to keep things like new job contacts, utility company numbers, maps, and realtor info with you. You may also want to keep valuable items such as silverware, antiques or china with you. If there is no room in your vehicle for these items, try placing them in a box marked “Miscellaneous Kitchen Items” and mark it “Fragile.” You should check your home insurance to see how you are covered during the move, and if you need to take out additional insurance with the moving company. At the same time, find out what paperwork you will need, such as receipts, appraisals or photos, to submit a claim in case of lost items.
Pack/Clean Ahead of Time
If you pack most items ahead of time, it will make things easier on moving day. Pack away any excess items that you do not need and only leave what is absolutely necessary for you to get by until moving day. This will minimize the amount of things to pack once moving day arrives. If you must clean your home before leaving, you should start cleaning early also. Things like ovens, the insides of cupboards, and windows can be cleaned ahead of time.