Packing up your house for a move can be stressful and time-consuming. With some clever packing tips for moving your life and your family however, the moving process can be simplified and efficient. Check out The Hartford’s list of top moving packing tips and tricks and feel prepared for the big pack!
Unless you’re hiring a full-service moving company who will do everything for you, you’ll need:
These are much easier to lift. If you don’t already have pack boxes without handles, it’s easy to make them yourself. See below for a DIY packing tip:
Packing Tip: Don’t use boxes that are torn, damp, or otherwise weakened. Check out the seams, where boxes tend to wear out first. Don’t worry about existing labels or writing on the boxes; these can easily be covered with your own labels when you are labeling each box.
One of the best and easiest packing tips for moving is labeling each box once you’ve filled it. This will make for easier packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking. You may also want to inventory the contents of each box on a separate sheet of paper. Make a copy of the paper and tape one to the box. Keep the other copy in a folder that you can check after you’ve moved in to make sure you have all your items.
It costs a little bit, but if you take your curtains and carpets to a cleaner, they will wrap them in plastic and paper after cleaning. This will make it easier to move and keep clean.
If you can’t afford to have your curtains and carpets cleaned then keep them wrinkle-free by folding lengthwise, placing over a padded hanger, and pinning them securely before transporting in wardrobe boxes, rather than regular moving boxes.
Curtains may also be folded and placed into plastic bags, then packed in a box lined with clean paper.
To pack rugs and carpets yourself, vacuum and spot clean then roll them up and tie securely with ropes. Rolling carpets prevents creasing and makes for easier packing and transporting.
This is one of the packing tips for moving that people often forget! Clean up after yourself before you leave. On moving day, signal that a room has been completely packed and cleaned by shutting the door or taping a color-coded piece of paper to the wall. Some more moving day packing tips and tricks are below: