When planning a household move you should give yourself enough time to organize it properly, especially if you are doing all the packing. In order to have a stress-free moving experience you can hire full service movers and have them take care of the transport and other important moving-related tasks. If you decide to go for the full service movers, rest assured that they will do all the packing and unpacking smoothly and make your transition as stress-free as possible.
When preparing for the big move you can’t help but wonder where to start. Purging your home could be a good starting point. Some items are just not worth moving since you don’t need or use them anymore. Also, transporting certain items may cost you more than purchasing the new ones, so let go of your emotional attachment to household goods. There’s no need to bring emotional clutter with you. You will be better off having a clean slate at your new home surrounded by the things that you really need.
Storage is a perfect solution for the household items that you might need at some point in the future. If you are organizing a short-term relocation and you are certain that you will get back to your hometown at some point, moving everything you own is just pointless. Your bulky furniture, electronics and household appliances will be properly packed, protected and kept in a safe storage unit until you need them again and get back for them.
No matter how you decide to deal with you household items, a proper packing technique is extremely important whether you are going to store or move your household items. If you somehow end up packing your entire household yourself, you should follow certain steps and take all necessary measures in order to keep your items safe during the relocation process.
Tips for DIY packing
– Start early and stick to a moving checklist. The sooner you start, the sooner you will realize what needs to be packed and left out. Give yourself enough time to organize the packing at your own pace. Leaving things to the last minute will generate lots of unnecessary stress and tension.
– Make an inventory of all household goods and decide what should be left out. Not each item you have should be moved to your new home. And remember, the more items you move, the more you will be charged for packing and transportation services.
– Collect packing supplies. A household move itself can be very expensive, so you should know that there are ways to get free packing supplies in any local liquor store, restaurant, bookstore, grocery store. Reusing free moving boxes will save you a lot of money and save the environment as well. There are a lot of ideas on where to find free moving boxes, you just need to be resourceful enough and look at the right places.
– Get different sizes of moving boxes. You will also need sturdy and specialty moving containers for some delicate and fragile items as well as other packing supplies like padding material, bubble wrap, cushioning material, newspapers, packing tape, markers,… Also, if yo are moving on a tight budget you can use old towels and clothes for padding.
– Get specialty wardrobe boxes. You can easily replace your hanging clothes into the box and repeat the procedure once you start unpacking.
– Involve as many family members as possible. Even your children can participate in the packing process by sorting and packing their own toys or clothes. Also, you will need stronger helpers for moving large and bulky items like piano, king-size bed, fridge,…Alternatively, professional packers may complete the task quickly and cautiously, while you are taking care of other moving-related tasks.
– Keep in mind that certain items are hazardous and they shouldn’t be packed with other household items. In fact, movers will refuse to move items that are not safe for transport, so you need to find a way to dispose of them properly according to the local regulation and law. The list of non-allowables: car batteries, chemicals, fire extinguisher, firework, fuel, weapon, pain, oil, pesticides,…
– Pack one room at a time. Bouncing around the house and trying to multi-task won’t work. You may start with the room which seems most difficult.
– Prepare essentials box containing the items that you may need during the next couple of days (clean towels, clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, your children’s favorite toys and blanket,…). Keep that box always handy and don’t mix it with other moving boxes.
– If some pieces of furniture need to be disassembled, make sure you memorize all the steps so that you can reassemble them easily once you reach your new home. Take photos of the process, if necessary.
– Label your boxes properly so that your movers or helpers know their content and where each of them belongs.
– Pay special attention when packing fragile items like glassware, china, electronics, antiques, collectibles,…If you are not sure how to do it, contact professional packers and ensure your peace of mind. Immobilize your items inside the box by filling an empty space with the cushioning material.
– Heavy items should be packed in small moving boxes, while large boxes are used for packing light possessions. No matter how durable they seem, always reinforce the bottom with the packing tape.
– Overpacked moving boxes may cause a number of difficulties for the movers.
– Make other rooms easily accessible by placing already packed boxes in a room designated to accommodate moving boxes ready to be taken away.
Professional packing and moving services
Full packing services mean that professionals will take care of all the packing and unpacking, while you are free to deal with other moving-related tasks. Moving house includes a lot of paperwork, especially moving to another country, so you need to prepare each document before the moving day. Professional packers are very systematic and they will arrange the moving boxes in order to make unpacking easier and you can rest assured that they will do it efficiently and quickly.
Packing each room separately
How to pack kitchen
There are people who think that kitchen is the most complicated room to pack for the move. The rule of thumb – declutter – applies to each moving situation in general. The less items you move, the less time and money you will spend. Therefore, sort through each cupboard and drawer, sort through your kitchen items and decide what you will keep and leave behind.
– Prepare small, medium and large cardboard boxes, heavy duty boxes, cell boxes, packing paper, packing tape, markers and labels.
– First pack items that you don’t use frequently like special utensils and dishes, crystal glasses and bowls, wine glasses,…
– Use cell boxes for packing glasses.
– Set aside a couple of plates, glasses and at least one pot for an essentials box.
– Use or dispose of the content of your fridge since NYC movers usually refuse to move perishables.
– Inspect your pantry and decide what should be moved.
– Consult the manuals and prepare all kitchen appliances in advance.
How to move a bedroom
– Gather all necessary supplies – moving boxes, wardrobe boxes, trash bags, bubble wrap, markers, labels.
– Wardrobe boxes are very convenient for hanging clothes due to the metal bar inserted on the top of the box.
– Before you start packing, sort through your clothes and purge. Not each piece of clothing should be moved to your new place. Donate, sell or throw away unused, unwanted or old clothes.
– Your essentials box should contain clothes you and your family may need during the next couple of days.
– Fragile items like lamps, photo frames, paintings should be packed carefully and protected with a lot of bubble wrap.
How to pack a bathroom
Although it seems small, packing an entire bathroom may take a while.
– Check the expiry date of your toiletries and medicine and make sure none of the bottles leak, especially when it comes to transporting cleaning supplies. Medicine should be packed in a separate box.
– Movers will refuse to transport hazardous materials, so make sure to dispose of them in a proper way.
– Use bubble wrap to protect delicate and breakable items. Do not stack other boxes on top of the boxes marked as fragile.
– Packed boxes shouldn’t weigh too much. Distribute the items reasonably and pack heavy items in small moving boxes.