Moving home is quite a large task. Just the thought of packing everything you own into a truck or similar transport is enough to make one feel stress and burden and overwhelmed. There are resources online and maybe friends and family to ask for assistance, but where do we start the process? How do we determine the method for packing items? These questions and more are only the beginning of one of the most stressful life experiences we face.
There are five major areas of every house. They are the bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and home office. These areas typically house 80-90% of our personal belongings and items which will fit into boxes or other containers. The five major areas of the home are where the most time will be spent packing and preparing for the move. Here are some hacks for packing these areas and saving time putting these five areas into transport vehicles for travel.
Bedrooms – the bedrooms within a house will contain items such as clothes, shoes, bedding, jewelry, items hanging on the walls, and personal effects held in dressers and other clothing type furniture pieces. Insides of shoes are excellent spaces to store small items from the room. For example, small bottles of face or body lotion, brushes, grooming tools, socks, some large pieces of sturdy jewelry, and maybe a drink container can all fit into the spaces within the inside of shoes. This not only uses the space well inside the shoes, but also gives the shoes shape and makes them easier to nest with each other. Small and medium size jewelry can be placed in egg cartons for moving day. This will give the jewelry a protected space and make it possible to easily label the carton with a red marker or other noticeable color. Clothes on hangers are easier to pack by placing them in small groups and covering them with large trash bags, then tying them at the bottom.
Living rooms – these rooms typically contain large pieces of furniture and large electronics, like televisions. Moving is hard on these types of items because they are so used to just sitting in the same spots all the time and not moving. Be careful with these items and make sure movers are careful. They are easily damaged and not easily fixed. Wrap as many corners as possible with bubble wrap and tape followed by more bubble wrap and finally more tape. Over the top covering on these items will pay off in the end. Pictures off the walls in these areas are always a challenge. Use multiple layers of bubble wrap, followed by more bubble wrap for each picture or frame and couple pictures together to give them more rigidity. Take your time with these items which are typically more valuable than most items.
Bathrooms – bathrooms contain many relatively small items to be moved. These items can be reduced in number by planning weeks in advance. Try to use up all items related to the shower. Shampoo, body wash, hair conditioner, bath gel, and face soap are all able to be used up at roughly the same time as the move takes place with planning. This reduces the number of items to pack and thus reduces time and effort in moving the bathroom items to the new home. Also, do not simply throw towels into a box at moving time. Use towels as cushion and support around major pieces of furniture in the moving truck or other forms of transport. Put those used toilet paper rolls to good use by wrapping electrical cords up and storing them inside. The rolls are easy to use and easy to label.
Kitchen – these rooms are not simple to pack due to all the small items and fragile items. Use towels and wash cloths as cushion between plates and around glasses. Limit the number of items in each box as they will benefit from traveling in smaller quantities together. This will limit the amount of friction between pieces. If possible, place small plates and bowls in cooking pots and other cooking containers which will stand up to the rigors of travel without being damaged. If possible, pack small kitchen appliances like coffee makers and food processors in their original packaging containers. These containers are perfect for small appliances because they provide a custom fit with foam or small corrugated spacers. If this is not possible, use snug fitting boxes and again, use towels or wash cloths as space fillers.
Home office – this room houses a wide variety of items, both small and larger. Use boxes for these items and make certain labeling of these boxes takes place. Also, when placing items in boxes, use towels or bubble wrap to fill spaces. In a bind, clothes can be used instead of towels as space fillers. Be quite detailed in labeling boxes as there will be several from this room after packing up all the items.
These tips will make any move easier and with less stress. Following these steps should also help limit the amount of damage to large items. Moving is an ordeal. It is full of planning, and executing the plan, and then running into situations which are completely unplanned for. It is not easy, but putting some suggestions into practice can make a noticeable difference.