Organized Packing

Organized Packing
Have you ever started packing, and then half way through just started throwing things in boxes without a care in the world? Yes, packing can be time consuming; but this type of packing will only cause more frustrations later down the line. As hard as it may be, you must try to prepare your belongings in an organized manner. Organized packing is essential to creating a less stressful moving experience. Below will be a few very helpful tips and suggestions that will make packing and unpacking easier.

 

How to Pack

There are certain ways to pack that will be very beneficial for your sanity, and unpacking process. The best packing tip around is to pack your belongings in order of least important first, to most important items last. This method of packing will ensure that you will not have to rummage through already packed boxes to find an item you need to utilize now. This very practical and simple tip will save you a world of trouble.

Another great tip is to pack your boxes according to rooms. For example, you would pack kitchen items together, living room belongings together, and bedroom things together. When you pack according to the rooms in your home it makes both the packing and unpacking process easier. This makes the packing easier because you do not have to collect items from around the entire house to place in one box; you can stay put, packing one room at a time. The unpacking process will also be made easier because you can just pop open a box in the according room and start placing things to your liking. Organized packing is critical for a smooth move.

 

Evaluate

Before you start any packing, it is recommended that you go around your home and evaluate the belongings that you have. In other words, decide which items are worth keeping and hauling along for the move. Moving costs are usually calculated by labor, distance, or amount of boxes/furniture being shipped. The number of belongings that you take with you will ultimately determine your total cost. This is why it is a good idea to go through your belongings and decide which items you do not want any more.

If you have belongings that have been sitting around the house collecting dust; or if you have clothing that you haven’t used in over a year, consider leaving these belongings behind. Unless they are highly sentimental items to you and your family. Clear out the clutter and save on moving costs at the same time.

If you are relocating internationally you should also determine if large furniture or vehicles are worth shipping. International moving can be quite costly, and sometimes it may be cheaper to leave old items behind and repurchase them in your new country of residence.

 

Labels

Labeling is another important tool to utilize during your packing process. Labeling is one of the most helpful forms of organization; so why not incorporate it into your method of packing. If you start packing boxes and you do not label them, there is no way of knowing what is inside. The only way to find out what lies inside would involve ripping open the box; which would be a step backwards in getting everything ready for move out day.

To stay organized, label as you finish packing each box. You can even create a complete inventory of the contents on your computer, print it out and tape it directly onto your boxes. That way you know exactly what is inside and there will be no guesswork. This inventory list would be a sub label; the main label should be the room in which these items originated from. For example, if you have just finished packing a box from the kitchen, you would label it “Kitchen,” and the sub label would be the contents of the box. Labeling is the key to creating a simple unpacking process.

 

Designated Areas

When you get to the point of being surrounded by boxes you know there is some organization that needs to take place. If you have heeded to the advice of packing according to the rooms in your home, then this step should be easy for you. For loading day, place all boxes against designated walls. For example, in the living room choose a wall and start stacking all the according boxes against the wall. This way you will prevent creating a maze of boxes in your home. You can also inform your movers about designated stacking walls in your new home as well.

You should also designate an area where you can place items that will not be loaded on the moving truck. You can set aside a corner, closet, or room for these belongings. Just make sure to inform your movers that the boxes in that specific area are not to be loaded; this is to avoid any confusion.

 

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