Packing to Move – Where to Start
Did you decide to change your current place of living? Packing to move and where to start with it is probably the first thing that comes to your mind after you choose to relocate. Before you begin packing, you should know that boxing up all of your belongings is not an easy task, and it will take time. I Love International Moving has put together a list of things that should make the moving procedure easier for you.
How Do You Start Packing Before Moving Day – Make a ChecklistFirst of all, you should make a moving checklist that will help you with dozens of moving-related tasks that you have to complete. It will also give you a day-to-day schedule and provide you with a much needed time frame. Just keep in mind that some of the tasks can be more urgent than the others, so act accordingly.
Use the Chance to DeclutterHow do you declutter when you are getting ready to relocate? Living in one place for a while allows you to collect and hoard items, making the decluttering process necessary. The first thing you should do is decide what will and what will not be moving with you. You should keep in mind that packing up things that you won’t be using when you change homes is pointless. It takes the time of your day and it adds up to the total cost of relocating. Have in mind that the more you declutter the better. Go through each room, evaluate the belongings you haven’t used in a while, and decide if you really need them? When was the last time you actually used them? When you sort out the things you don’t use or you don’t need anymore, you can donate them, sell them or even give them to your friends. That way, you will give them a new purpose.
What to Put in Storage?Have in mind that if your move is temporary, unnecessary things can be put in storage. No matter what the answer is, you should make sure that you decide what stays in storage, and what goes before you actually begin packing.
Share Boxes and Save Some MoneyPacking and relocating can cost a lot of money, so, understandably, you are looking for a way to cut down expenses. And there is no better way of doing that than to acquire free boxes. You can find them on Craigslist, or by asking friends and family if they have some. If you live in a big city, there’s a good chance that there is a liquor store in your neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to ask if they have any free boxes. The same goes for local groceries. Recycling centers are the perfect places to find boxes as well, and you can always bring them back when you are done, so someone else might use them in the future.
Moving Company – a Friend in NeedBefore you actually begin putting your items in boxes, you need to find a good moving company. That is one of the most important pieces of the relocation puzzle, so don’t leave it until the end of the process. Find movers that suit your needs and budget.
Estimate Your MoveMake sure that when you get an estimate of your move, it doesn’t come with hidden fees or charges. Too many factors go into calculating the cost of transport. That’s why companies offer either a phone interview or even better, an in-home estimate. Reliable companies tend to provide excellent customer service that answers all of your questions. If you are looking for a company that does international or domestic shipments, look into reviews that clients left. Nothing speaks more about the company than the review of a satisfied customer.
What Not to Pack in BoxesAfter carefully choosing what not to take with you, you should know what stuff you shouldn’t pack, because moving companies won’t transport them or they won’t guarantee for them. You should take your valuables with you, especially when it comes to important personal documents or items of sentimental value. Food is something you should avoid packing because it is prone to spoiling during transport and it can cause many problems from unpleasant smells to insects and mold. Don’t bring flammable stuff with you, for obvious health hazard reasons. These items should be disposed of in advance. You should have in mind that transport companies have a list of items that they consider non-allowable when it comes to shipping. The usual things that are found on those lists are:
- Car batteries
- Cleaning supplies and bleach
- Acids, chemicals, and pesticides
Now We Pack!When you decided on movers and checked off your list, you should start putting items in boxes. But is there a right way of packing your things? There might be a way to prioritize a group of items.
- You should pack out-of-season clothes first since you won’t be needing them at the moment. Plus, these belongings may have already been in boxes somewhere deep in your closet.
- Packing up rarely-used dishes and china comes next since you won’t be throwing a large fancy party while in the home switching process. When it comes to these items, make sure you label the boxes as fragile.
- Artwork, picture frames and wall hangings can be tricky, but they are items you won’t be needing while relocating.
- While you are finishing up some non-packing related tasks, you could always gather small items scattered all over your home.
- Extra towels and linens are perfect belongings to pack since the move is not the ideal time to pile dirty towels. You should consider using a few dishes and bath towels and packing the rest up.
- Choose a few books you want to keep easily accessible and pack the rest. Make sure to return borrowed books.