Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Packing tips for moving home

After you’ve done the basic prep work of gathering all supplies you’ll need, the hard part begins: packing and getting organized. 

Pack items from one room in the same box.

Before you get to the big day, you can start the purge. Do this well in advance. Select and tag all items you have that will be sold, given away, donated to charity, or go to the garbage truck. Not only will this pare down the things you need to pack and transport, it will also support your fresh start in a new home.  

In deciding to go it alone - with optional grovelingto family and friends for assistance - you must get going on your pre-moving day packing and organization. Start with things that aren’t on a daily rotation e.g. books, artwork, smaller furniture, etc. For furniture that needs disassembling, get this all done before the day of the move itself. Use up your perishables. As you get closer to moving day, last to be packed are things essential to your daily living. 

  • Pack by the room - as much as possible, pack items from one room in the same box, with the addition of the random towel or two as padding or filler. Grouping your things this way will make delivering and unpacking the boxes to the proper locations in your new place easier. Gather you miscellaneous items, those that have no particular room designation and just happen to be there, and box them together as well. You can distribute as needed when you unpack.
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  • Manage your inventory - you can go old school with your list on a clipboard or you can go all high-tech and get an app for your iPhone or your computer and type out a detailed list.

    Manage your inventory - you can go old school with your list on a clipboard or you can go all high-tech and get an app for your iPhone or your computer and type out a detailed list. There are also web-based tools that can help you manage your move available for free. Pick whichever method you think will help you get your inventory done and done fast.
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  • Communicate important information through labels - whether you decide to take a marker to your boxes, label them by room with some other details about contents added, or opt for sticker labels that can range from the plain or colored blank ones to fancy coded types (e.g. QR or Quick Response coded stickers that can be read by your smartphone), one type of labeling you should not forget is for indicating other essential box information such as weight and orientation. Just a plain marking that says whether a box is heavy, medium or light and shows which side is up, can help ensure that your things survive the trip.
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  • In the craziness that is moving day, remember to prepare a survival pack containing your everyday essentials along with important moving-day papers.

    Arrange transportation - even before you finish boxing up the contents of your entire home, you’ll be able to confirm whether everything will fit in your vehicle. This is the point where you decide whether you should rent a truck (if so, how big) or find some other way to transport your belongings. Remember to borrow or rent dollies or hand trucks to make hauling boxes and furniture easier. Make sure all the details are ironed out before moving day.
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  • Personal essentials - in the craziness that is moving day, remember to set aside a survival pack. This should contain your everyday essentials along with important moving-day papers. Throw in your pared down toiletries and your medications as well.


As the moving day countdown draws to a close, do a recap of your to-dos and take a final walk-through your house to make sure you don’t accidentally leave anything behind.  


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