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May 27th, 2012 8:43 AM by David W. Welch
If you’re like most people, you probably dread the thought of packing up all of your stuff and transporting it to your new home. Moving requires a lot of work and preparation, but there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. Here are a few tips to assist you as you pack and get ready for the transition to your new home:
1. Get readyBefore you start packing, make sure you have a good amount of boxes and all the other supplies you’ll need to properly pack up all of your things. You can buy moving box kits from places like U-Haul that will come with just about everything you need in order to pack. You can also go to grocery stores and other stores and ask them if they have any excess boxes they’d be willing to give to you for free. This is definitely the cheaper alternative, but it’s not always certain that you’ll be able to get the amount of boxes you need from grocery stores and other stores.
Ultimately, you’ll need to do what works best for you, depending on your situation. Just make sure you have enough boxes. You don’t want to have to make several trips to the store to get more boxes throughout your packing process.
2. Get setIt’s never a good idea to try to do all of your packing the week of your move. You’ll have a lot on your plate that week, and trying to pack in the midst of making all of your other moving arrangements can be downright maddening. So, start packing at least a month before your move, if you can. It’s generally a good idea to first pack the things you know you don’t use on a daily basis. For example, you might want to start by packing books, DVDs, and household decorations. As it gets closer to the time of your move, you can pack things you do use regularly, like your pots and pans, for instance.
2. Go!As you pack, take special care to pack in an organized manner. Make a list of everything that’s going in boxes, and label boxes based on what you put in them. Don’t forget to label boxes full of fragile objects with the word “fragile.” Additionally, it’s a good idea to put similar objects in the same boxes. For instance, you wouldn’t necessarily want to put your blow dryer in the same box as your wok. Packing in an organized and orderly manner will help make your unpacking experience a whole lot easier.
So, follow the simple tips above to make your packing duties and overall move a lot simpler and more efficient.
Author’s Bio: Lisa is a guest blogger on the subjects of real estate, interior design, and home organization. She works in the storage field and helps refer people to storage units around the country, from storage units in McAllen to storage units in Virginia Beach.