Packing for your move can be tiresome, but the key ingredient for a good move is to ensure the all your belongings are secured and items grouped together. There are different methods to use when packing various items. There are tips and tricks that can work in your favor to make your move stress-free. By understanding how to pack your belongings in the most efficient way, you can ensure that your move will be smooth and that everything will arrive in one piece. Whether you are moving to a new apartment or simply moving your belongings to a storage unit, one of the most important decisions you can make is considering what items should be packed together?
By keeping possessions and their parts together when you are moving, no matter who will be packing them, either you or NYC movers can easily pack all your items into the correct moving boxes. Keeping similar items together will make life easier when unboxing at your final destination. For instance, you should keep extension cords with appliances they plug into, books together with bookends etc. By using moving tape and a sealable plastic bag or envelope you will keep items and pieces along with any screws or loose parts together. Remember, you have to unpack and reassemble all these items wherever you move to, so it’s important that you keep corresponding items together (e.g. taping a cable TV cord with movers tape to the underside or back of the TV before packing it into a TV box). In addition, keep picture hooks with pictures, shelves, and shelf brackets together with the bookcase they came from, and include any special tools and bolts and wall unit bolts.
It may also be a sensible idea to pack your belongings based on the rooms the items will be going into. By doing so, you will allow yourself to expeditiously place any items in their exact place in your new home. However, don’t just start at one end of the room and pack as you go. Instead, use a few common sense guidelines to pack your boxes by keeping items together:
Pack pairs or sets together – make sure that your box is the appropriate size and that it can hold a complete set of belongings.
Furthermore, you can pack items by their weight – once you get to the stage of loading everything up in a truck, you will need lightweight and heavier boxes, so keep an eye on your box weight. It is a good rule of thumb to keep your heaviest boxes to no more than 50 pounds.
Pack personal items together – you should keep one box separate in each room for personal items – the things you might need during the first few days at your new home, such as a spare set of clothing, toiletries, electronics – anything you can’t live without. These boxes should be loaded last, so you don’t lose track of them. Alternatively, you can pack these in a pack or suitcase and take them with you.
Here are some more ideas how to pack items and keep them together:
You can pack by ‘’theme’’ – Larger rooms, such as the kitchen, require a bit more thought. Packing thematically can help you organize these items for your move. Start by carefully sorting through everything you need to pack, creating categories as you get along. This is also an ideal time to create an inventory of your belongings. Larger rooms require more boxes and an inventory will help you quickly locate items as you need them. An inventory is particularly useful when moving your belongings into a storage unit.
Consider packing everyday dishes, serviceware, bakeware, Tupperware and silverware separately. Use as many boxes as you need to create easy-to-lift loads. Crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap or corrugated cardboard will safeguard and help prevent fragile items you are going to move from breaking.
Personalizing the boxes can make the move easier and keeping individual family members’ items together. By using a colored storage box, one color for each member, everyone can fill their own colored box with the items included kept together after the move. Items that can go in each moving box vary from person to person and may include such things bedding, an extension cord, phone, night lamp, address book, keys, tissues, bath towels or a travel kit. Everyone has different needs, but no matter what those needs are, once you move, you will be very glad that everything is contained together in your own moving box. These packing tips and tricks are just as effective when moving your items into a temporary storage facility.
When packing your linen closet you can put them together with bathroom items at the same time. Pack bottles and medications together and keep them separate from other belongings. This will help prevent accidental spills or loss of any medications.
If you have stuff stored in a garage or a basement, it is likely that these items are anything you don’t know what to do with, so before you begin packing, sort out what you want to keep and what you don’t. Tools, painting equipment and cleaning chemicals should be packed together in clearly marked boxes. You may want to use plastic carries to prevent leakage. Keep an eye on the weight of boxes from these rooms especially. Don’t forget, many of these items can be easily stored in a storage unit until you need them.