When moving, a lot of time is often spent packing months before the move date. Most movers tend to have different packing strategies that might help others, so they want to try. Well, I’ve been there. I tried to pack my stuff as my friend did, and it turned out so bad that I didn’t pack the right things together.
Most movers are so happy to finally arrive at their new home that they can overlook the split dinner plates or a scratch on the dining room table. But there’s no reason why your household goods should fall victim to the move.
With a little care and planning, your household goods will arrive in perfect condition, so if you don’t want to go through the same thing as me, follow these tips to help you.
Below are tips for packing large items, small items, and awkward items.
Packing large items:
– Tie bed frames together with tape or string and label the pieces, so they are easy to put together.
– Fill drawers with clothing or fragile, well-packaged items. Cover them with a blanket or with furniture cushions and rope.
– Remove the table legs, cushion, and knot. Put the nuts and bolts in a bag and tape them under the tabletop.
– Empty, defrost, and drain the refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher. Clean the interior and bag the accessories. Stuff towels between the washer sides to keep them from spinning and tape them to all moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
– Use original packaging for computers, televisions, and electronics, or buy specific electronic boxes.
Package small items:
– Put your microwave, VCR, and other small appliances in boxes and cushion with cotton paper.
– Pack books flat in small cardboard boxes, with alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
– Pack hanging items, such as clothing and curtains, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
– Wrap fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and tape them securely.
– Pack CDs upright and with newspaper.
– Stack pots and pans and include paper.
– Immediately place all kitchen items you need in a separate box and label them appropriately, so you know which ones to unpack first.
– Wrap dishes individually in bubble wrap and never stack them flat. Pack plates on saucers at the edges and put cups and bowls around them.
Packing awkward items:
– Wrap chair arms and legs with bubble wrap. Place slipcovers on chairs or buy chair bags for protection.
– Detach handlebars from bikes and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other objects.
– Wrap small items, such as mirrors and artwork, in newspaper and pack them in mirror boxes. Cover larger items with cardboard, tape them securely, and place them along the truck’s sides or in wardrobe boxes.
– Disassemble heavy lawn furniture. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie them down.
– Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape.
– Place plants in plastic bags with air holes and then in boxes. Water them before you leave.
– Wrap sharp edges of tools and use enough cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place smaller devices in boxes.
– Empty gasoline from all tanks on lawn mowers and lawn edgers and check for oil leaks.
– Use medium-sized boxes for garage and attic items, such as spray paints, brushes, and car wax. Throw away greasy rags or anything flammable.
– Keep pets with you in a pet carrier. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions to make their move less traumatic.
Use these packing tips for packing large items, packing small things, and packing awkward items that might be helpful for you.
Until then, happy moving!