When you are moving, it’s easy to feel daunted by the amount of packing you need to do, especially if you don’t have the right packing supplies. You may feel like you have an overwhelming amount of stuff to somehow organize into boxes so they can be moved securely and easily. Clothing is easy to pack, but what about dishes? Cutlery? Weirdly shaped delicate items like vases and art pieces? The crystal decanter from your grandmother?
Step number one: take a deep breath. You can’t do anything productive if you’re feeling in over your head.
Next, gather the right packing supplies. With the proper tools in hand, you’ll be able to pack efficiently and in an organized manner so that the pack will go smoothly, as will the unpack later on. This list will help you tackle your packing challenge like a champion.
1. Boxes of different sizes
You may think boxes are just boxes, and shouldn’t you squeeze as many items into one box as you can so you have the fewest number of boxes possible? That may sound efficient, and it may save you money with movers, but it is actually not the smartest way to move and may lead to boxes breaking, items getting lost or damaged, and complete disorganization when you arrive in your new location. You need large boxes for light items such as clothing, blankets, and papers. Heavier items belong in smaller boxes so they are easier to carry. Boxes should also be organized by type of item or by room to make unpacking easier later on.
2. Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap is fun, but it’s also quite important in the moving process in order to protect your more fragile items. The proper way to use bubble wrap is to wrap items with the bubbles facing inward. They provide the most cushioning that way, even if you may logically think the bubbles belong on the outside.
3. Packing paper
Packing paper also provides protection to your delicate items, such as glassware and artwork, in addition to filling up pockets of space in your moving boxes. You want those little air pockets filled so your items don’t shift around and possibly break during the moving process.
4. Packing tape
You shouldn’t use any old tape to seal your moving boxes. Even duct tape may not be strong enough to hold the boxes closed throughout their entire journey from your old home to your new one. Packing tape is heavy duty and will completely seal your boxes, protecting them from outside particles as well as making sure they don’t open during the move.
5. Sharpie marker
Sharpie – that often overlooked item until the very moment you realize you need it. A Sharpie marker is your key to staying organized during packing and your move. You should label every ziplock, every bag, and every box identifying the contents within and which room it belongs in. This way, you will be able to take inventory when you leave your old home to make sure you didn’t miss anything, and you will be able to systematically unpack in an organized fashion. Labeling your boxes also helps movers, who will often deliver your boxes to their appropriate rooms in your new home.
Packing Supplies Make Your Move Easier
There are many other packing supplies you and your movers may use in the moving process, but if you make sure to have the above five supplies on hand while packing, you are on your way to making your move a success. At Big John’s Moving, Inc., we are dedicated to making sure your belongings stay safe and secure during your move. We sell any and all moving supplies you will need. We also offer partial or full packing services so you don’t have to worry about it. It is our priority to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible, and packing is just the beginning!