You’ve found a home that you are absolutely in love with, made an offer, and they accepted! Now it’s time to start thinking about the move. After you successfully have a plan set up for your moving date, it’s time to begin the actual process of packing. However, what is the best way to do this? You know you shouldn’t just toss stuff in boxes, and you also know that you shouldn’t be loading up everything the night before you need to be out of your home for good. With those basic common sense tips out of the way, we have compiled some of the top ways you can efficiently pack for your move.
When we say, “start early,” we mean very early. No matter how efficient you might be at packing, it always takes much more time than we think. If you are going to be packing by yourself or with just one other person, you may want to start two to three weeks before moving day rolls around. Start with the items you use the least, including your fine china and your books. If you are moving in the summer, then your winter clothes are a safe bet to pack up as well. The earlier you start, the less stressed you will be when it comes time to actually make the move.
Pack with a Strategy
By planning an organization strategy ahead of time, you can make sure that you are in a much happier mood when it comes to putting boxes in their proper location. Mark the boxes that you will need as soon as you get there with a symbol of your choosing. This will include sheets, towels, toiletries, a change of clothes, and whatever else you will need. You can always pack these items in a suitcase as well so you can be sure to find them as soon as you need.
Designate a Packing Space
If you feel like you need a whole room, then use an entire room. Find a space that will be designated as your “packing zone” and put a bunch of boxes in there of different sizes. That way, you can grab whichever one you need without worrying about finding one that is big enough for your collection of dishes. We have found that momentum is a big part of getting everything packed up and ready to go, so keep everything you need on hand. If you need to stop to go pick up supplies, you’ll be much less likely to continue packing once you get home. Keep markers, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and old newspaper in there so you can handle everything quickly and easily.
Save on Boxes
There is no need to go out and buy new boxes! You can move easily with used boxes. Some moving companies offer boxes for use, so you can do some digging there. However, ask around at your office or workplace. Someone may have recently moved and cannot wait to get rid of the boxes lying around their new home. Some stores even will allow people to take the used boxes off their hands. Do your research and save yourself some money when it comes time to move.
Strategize Your Boxes
While your instinct may be to use a large box for the heavy items, you should take the opposite approach. Instead, fill your larger boxes with light items so that these boxes can be carried by yourself. On the other end of the spectrum, put your heavier items into smaller boxes. This makes each box more manageable. Also, heavy items (like a box full of books) can break a box during the move, which will only slow you down and frustrate you further.
If you would like help packing and moving, make sure to contact the professionals at Suburban Solutions! We are ready to take your items, pack them up, and get everything over to your new Washington DC home in no time at all. Contact us today to get started and be sure to let us know what your moving plans are! We look forward to working with you and your family during your move! Check back for part 2 of this blog soon.