Packing for a long-distance move can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right packing strategy, you’ll be on your way with everything that matters in no time.
In this blog post, we will discuss what needs to be taken care of when you are packing your stuff for an out-of-state move, such as decluttering stuff, so you pack necessary things only, use good quality boxes, label the boxes room-wise, etc.
Declutter so that you need to pack less
Decluttering before moving is an essential step in preparing for a long-distance move so that you only pack what you need. When decluttering, make sure to remove everything untouched or unused the last six months so only necessary items will be packed into boxes.
Gather up any sentimental items like family photographs and documents to go through with your moving company representative, who can either arrange to keep them safe at their warehouse until you are ready to unpack or offer storage services while on the road.
Also, please take this opportunity to get rid of old things such as clothing from high school which won’t fit anymore because they were too small
Choose on Right Boxes for Packing
The goal here is to have everything neatly packed without damaging any item. Please check a few online tips on how to pack for a move so that you get answers to the major packing-related questions. If you are unsure of what to do in that case, there is always an option to ask your movers company representative for advice on the best way to pack different items.
For example, for packing clothes, use a sturdy box of the right size. They will also be able to give specific recommendations depending on the type of move you’re doing – whether it’s local or long-distance.
It’s important not to overstuff boxes because they can get crushed during transit which may cause irreparable damage. The last thing you want is to have all your belongings arrive broken at their destination!
Start Packing Early and Pack daily At least for an Hour
It’s always a good idea to start packing as early as possible and pack daily for at least an hour. It doesn’t take much time out of your day, but you’ll be surprised how much it will ease the stress of moving if you’re able to keep up with packing all while running errands or going about your day-to-day life.
If You Have Kids, They Make Like A Great Helpers! Pack their clothes first thing in the morning so that they can get dressed right away when they wake from bed without having to worry about what’s clean.
Label Each Box Room Wise
Label each box room-wise for maximum organization. This will help you find your belongings quickly when they arrive at their destination and minimize the stress of finding where something belongs—label boxes based on what’s inside, not just its size or color.
You might consider labeling a “bedroom” box with all that belongs to your bedroom area, such as pillows, sheets, blankets, etc., while also labeling smaller boxes within this larger one like “pajamas,” “drawer liners,” etc.
For example, if you have two dressers in your bedroom, label those separately (e.g., “dresser # A”) but put everything from both drawers into the same respective labeled box (“dressing table drawer liner”).
This way, when the time to unpack is, you’ll know the contents of each box and how it relates to certain areas of your home.
This will also help when decorating a new place as their respective room can store items (e.g., “bedroom” or “bathroom”) rather than just putting everything in one large closet/wardrobe, for example.”
Do not Over Pack, and neither do Leave Spaces in Boxes
Do not over-pack boxes with unnecessary items, and even do not leave spaces in your box. You don’t want to have a large, heavy box that’s mostly empty because then it’ll be difficult for you or whoever is helping you move to carry the item.
However, if there is some extra space in the larger boxes, then you can use it to store your smaller items in that box.
Pack the Breakables with Care
While packing any Fragile items, it is important to pack them with care. Wrap any breakable items in paper towels or bubble wrap before packing them into a box, which will help prevent the item from breaking during travel and also make unpacking much easier when you arrive at your destination home.
Label and Take Photos of Furniture and Accessories
It is important to label the boxes and take photos of your furniture and accessories before packing them away. This will help make unpacking easier and prevent any mix-ups where someone else might accidentally put one of your items in their box by mistake.
Pack up each item that goes with its matching accessory(s) so, for example, if a lamp is going into the box, then include all the cords to go along with it or if there are multiple lamps (e.g., bedside table lamps), then also include anything necessary to turn on those lights such as lightbulbs, switches, or plugs.”
Pack Boxes Using Wool Strings
Finally, pack the boxes with a layer of blankets or padding to prevent them from getting damaged in transport. You may also want to use wool strings to create handles on the boxes so they are easy for you and your helpers to move around since some things will be heavy.” Tying the boxes with woolen string would be helpful while unpacking as well.
Be Careful while Packing Kitchenware
Packing up Kitchen Accessories and Kitchenware can be a bit difficult. Keep fragile items like crystal, china, and ceramics in their boxes with lots of padding. Pack these items in smaller boxes with packing materials. Label them as fragile.
One should be careful while packing dishcloths, kitchen towels, pot holders, and other things that may have been used to prepare food in the past. It’s best not to pack anything that might still smell of cooking or tasting good.”