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How to Pack The Right Way To Make Moving Less Stressful

Updated on January 20, 2014

Packing Supplies Needed

Most packing supplies can be purchased at moving truck rental places like Uhaul and Penske. You can can also order moving supplies online as well. The main things you will need when moving are boxes, tape and bubble wrap to protect the items you are moving. You can normally get boxes from your local grocer if you ask nicely.

Start Packing Least 2 months before your Move!

I know 2 months might seem like a over-statement when talking about packing for your move, but don't underestimate the process. Take is slow, one day and one room at a time. Make a list of all the rooms/projects that you must complete before your move and conquer 1/8 of them each week. By dividing into small parts, you can help yourself work into the project and have time for un-expected complications.

The Order is Important - Find Your Flow

Although everyone will have a different perfect flow for the packing of your home or apartment, if you make a flow chart and follow it, you can make sure to be packed and ready on move day!

How to Pack the Bedroom

Before packing your bedroom you will want to clean and separate all your belongings. This also means throwing away anything you don't use or wear anymore. Since all moving rates are based on weight it is very helpful to lower the amount of excess stuff you are moving. The more organized and clean your room is the easier it will be to pack it all up.

Once your room is organized and ready start packing items by type. Clothes in one box, bedding in another. Also label the boxed accordingly so that you can easily decipher what is in each box later. Also be sure to keep all your screws and loose items for constructing room furniture in zip lock bags named with which piece of furniture they go to.

How to Pack Your Electronics

You can refer to the manufactures' guide for any special moving or packing instructions. Items like printers that have toner or ink cartridges, remove them and be sure to store them in a sealed bag or container. It is always best if you have the original packaging saved. If that is not the case a well fashioned box with bubble wrap can make for a great enclosure to pack your electronic device in. Always keep cables and wires that go with a equipment inside the same box as the equipment it goes with to ensure you don't misplace any needed cables.

With bigger items like TVs or big computer monitors you will want to wrap them very well and also get some corner cushions or large box they can fit in. Many people that move their own items tend to put things like electronics in their car when moving instead of loosely in the back of packed moving truck. If movers will be moving your items you will need to make sure these things are packed perfectly to avoid unwanted damage.

Video on Packing Electronics

How to Pack The Kitchen

The first thing when packing the kitchen is organizing your items by type so when you unpack it will be much easier to put them into place. Make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap and newspaper to shelter your fragile kitchenware as well. Always place the heavier items on the bottom (IE: plates, bowls etc.) and the lighter for fragile items at the top. Label everything descriptive as possible so that you know what each box contains. It is a good practice to put KITCHEN in big letters then a list of the contents within below it.

Video For Packing Your Kitchen

Packing The Living Room

With a larger room like the living room their are many more items to deal with. From pictures, to plants, to electronics. The best thing to initially is to take everything off the walls. From there you take all loose items down and organize them.

Also take apart and/or breakdown all furniture that can be disassembled. Some stuff you may want to keep somewhat assembled as it may be too much of headache to take completely apart. You will have to make the choice between the room it takes up during the move and how much assembling you want to do when you arrive at your new place.

For all the fragile items be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap and cushion in the boxes. You never use too much only to little. If you are not sure just ad more. It is better to over pad then to have valuable items broken and lost from your move.

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