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Posted on January 28, 2020
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The Best Packing Tips for Moving

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!

Moving Packing Tip And Tricks – The Ultimate List

Purchase all Your Moving Supplies Before You Start Packing

Unless you’re hiring a full-service moving company who will do everything for you, you’ll need:

  • Various size boxes (don’t forget small boxes – you can’t put everything in big ones!)
  • Sturdy packing tape
  • Markers
  • Rubber bands
  • Packing materials such as newspaper, bubble wrap, tissue, or packing peanuts
  • Optional: plastic wrap (great for wrapping large dresser drawers shut for transport)

Stock up on Cardboard Boxes with Handles

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:

  1. Just draw two rectangles, about four inches long by two inches high, on opposite sides of each box.
  2. Cut out the rectangles with a box cutter, and voila – instant handles.
  3. Place your handles wherever feels most comfortable to you but take care not to cut too close to the top of the box, as that will risk tearing the cardboard when you lift the box.

Get Free Boxes for Packing

  • Check out networks like Freecycle or Craigslist for free boxes.
  • Social media can be helpful too – if your neighborhood has a Facebook group, start by posting there.
  • You can also ask whether extra boxes are available at businesses like grocery stores, offices, liquor stores – their boxes are clean and perfectly sized for packing glassware – or even at your local recycling center.
  • Let your friends, neighbors, and others in your community know you’re about to start packing – someone in your circle might be waiting for a chance to dispose of a stash of supplies from their own recent move.
  • Check apartment buildings or dorms during the prime moving season, usually summer.
  • If convenience is more of a priority than price, you can buy boxes at office supply stores, home stores, retail shipping locations, or online.

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.

Label Your Boxes by Room When Packing

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.

How to Pack Curtains and Carpets

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.

Don’t Pack Away Cleaning Supplies

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:

  • Pack and clean high traffic areas last.
  • Complete dry-cleaning tasks like dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping first.
  • For best results, clean top to bottom, back to front.

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