User blog: Adam Brown
The title says it all. A worry free move really does start with proper packing. You might think that throwing some stuff in some boxes and moving the boxes from point A to point B is proper packing, and that is definitely one way to do it, especially if you are being hunted down by the Mafia and need to get out of town in a flash. To be more precise, though, proper packing involves a few different steps:
- Choosing boxes. There are shipping boxes, used boxes, heavy-duty boxes...which one do you choose for a move? Basically, whatever you want. If you are shipping your move (because you are moving cross-country or overseas) than you should definitely choose shipping boxes. If you are moving neighborhoods I would recommend searching Craigslist and other sites for used boxes.
- Start accumulating supplies well in advance.
- Write a "to do” list so that you don't forget anything.
- Pack like items with like items.
- When you pack, keep rooms separated from one another, then color code the boxes so that you know which box should go in which room.
- Set aside special items or items that have particular value or are extra fragile with you. Put them in the back of your car.
- Pack heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top.
- Don't buy a bunch of large boxes because the larger the box the heavier they will be and the more susceptible to being dropped or breaking.
- In a nutshell, use appropriate boxes. Shipping boxes for items being shipped. Small boxes for packing books. Shoeboxes and baggies should be used to pack small, loose items and then pack those in a larger box.
- Fill any loose space with linens, newspaper, butcher paper, bubble wrap, etc. to offer extra protection and to ensure that the items do not shift when they are moved.
- Label each box on each side, including a brief description of the contents. Don't just put "random kitchen”, put "kitchen towels, knife block, coffee mugs”. You really don't want to start moving boxes around and ripping into them looking for something specific if you don't have to.
- Keep all of your important moving documents, or any papers or items that pertain to the move, in a central location. I would recommend even taking an extra box and calling it "moving headquarters”. Put tools, furniture hardware, and extra tape in this box.
- Back up your computer files before moving your computer.
- Finally, make sure that you inspect all of your belongings as soon as they arrive, especially if you used a moving company!