Moving out of your home could be exciting as well as a daunting thing. A new neighborhood, new neighbors, new scenery could be quite overwhelming. And to top it off, you need to pack all the goods and ensure nothing is left out. This itself could be a tricky task if things are not well organized in the first place.
Some people might keep certain things at their home which are not at all necessary and have been hardly used. It is important to discard such items and make room for new ones. It could be unused notebooks, old clocks, outdated electronic devices, extra cables & wires, etc. This will declutter your home of all the unnecessary and unused items.
But it’s not necessary that packing & moving should be a daunting task. All you need is some tips and tricks on arranging your items properly. This article will guide you on how to pack your goods and help reduce your stress of moving to a new home.
Here are some tips to make your packing and moving process more efficient:
- Hire Professional Movers
Most of the moving companies have a full-service option wherein the movers and packers will box up all your belongings so you don’t have to do it. However, you will have to assist and guide them to help them understand what goes where and in which order.
This is the best choice if money is not a constraint and if you have to move goods on a very tight deadline with no additional helping hands.
- Items Movers Won’t Pack For You:
Movers and packers may not touch certain items due to several reasons. Either they could be quite personal or could be dangerous to pack and need to be carefully put in a box. Items such as chemical solvents, charcoal, fluid gas, matchsticks, plants, etc. are some of the many items movers and packers may not pack and hence you will need to take care of it.
- Declutter Before You Pack
The moving and packing process is often underestimated. It is advisable that you start going through your belongings at least two weeks prior to your moving date. Refrain from multitasking. Work on one room at a time, start with the big item you don’t want to start moving to your new home like heavy pieces of cupboard, sofa, bed, marble & glass furniture and anything with hazardous chemicals.
- Discard Unnecessary Items
Sort the rest of your belongings into three categories:
- SELL – Start looking for buyers online or in and around your neighbourhood.
- DONATE – Charity has gone a long way. Find NGOs who are in need of help.
- TRASH – The rest is junk. However, you can further segregate the items into recyclable goods, others and discard them accordingly.
- Last In First Out Method
The Last in First Out is quite an effective method. It is time to put all the inventory skills to work. Identify items that you’ll need to find easily at your new house. Load them last inside the moving truck so they’re the first things to get unloaded. This will ensure that important items are easy to access to find when you arrive at your new home.
- Label Directionally
If you have the advantage of knowing the floor plan and layout of your new place, label boxes with directions for where they go, not where they came from. Unpacking and settling in will be easier if all the boxes end up in the rooms where they need to be in.
- The Essential Box Pack
As the title suggests, it is a box full of items you’ll need for your last few nights before you move and the first few nights in your new home before you could start unpacking.
- List Out Forgettable Items
In the midst of the moving process, instincts might tell you that there are certain items that you are most likely to forget. Jot them down almost instantaneously on your smartphone or diary so that you can check this before you move away from your old place. This will save you the trouble of traveling back to your old home once you have already moved everything from there.
- Get Help From Friends & Relatives
Don’t shy away from asking for help from your friends and relatives. They will be more than willing to help you as they can understand your situation and lend you a helping hand. They can also suggest and guide you on how to pack items from their own experience.