So your ready to move and excited about your new home. Then you look around your current home and think oh my gosh I have to pack all of this? Wise Moving Co. has a few tips to get you going.  The more knowledgeable and organized you are in the packing process, the more likely you are to have a positive moving experience. Do-it-yourself packing can take a considerable amount of time, effort and resources. Opting for partial or full professional packing services may aid you in the moving process. Packing 101 should serve as a basic packing guide.

To Pack or Not to Pack

We know that every item has a story behind it but a good rule of thumb is “when in doubt throw it out”. Hosting a yard sale is a great way of parting with those not so needed possessions.

Label Label Label

Make sure you clearly label and/or color coordinate your boxes. Try to fill boxes only with items from the same room. Labels should show to which room the boxes belong to, what their contents are and whether or not they require special handling. Mark “fragile” or “this side up” wherever applicable. Wise Moving Co. suggests that you also number each box. Finally, keep a detailed inventory list that details the contents of your boxes and to which room they belong along with the number assigned to the box. This will help you in being able to account for all of your packing belongings.

Packing Techniques

Now that you’ve set a packing game plan and bought the proper moving supplies, acquaint yourself with some basic packing techniques:

  • Keep boxes at a manageable weight- typically no more than 50 pounds.
  • The heavier the item the smaller the box.
  • Pack boxes in order of weight- pack heavier items toward the bottom and lighter items toward the top of each box. This will prevent items from being crushed and allow for safer transportation.
  • Have plenty of filling material on hand- clean unprinted packing paper, bubble wrap, sheets, towels, tissue paper etc.- may all come in handy when you pack delicate items.
  • Wrap all fragile items in unprinted packing paper before packing them in boxes.
  • Only use printed newspaper for cushioning rather than wrapping items as the ink may rub off and stain some dishes.
  • Fill empty spaces within each box with crumpled paper and use crumpled paper, sheets or cardboard from boxes to build a new layer.
  • Pack breakables in boxes rather than leaving them inside drawers.
  • Seal the bottoms of all boxes properly with pvc (poly-vinyl chloride) tape rather than celophane or masking tape.

Valuables and Essentials

Make sure to pack items you will need immediately upon arrival at your new place, separately and keep them within reach. Maintaining an essentials box or bag with clothes, toiletries, medication and other important items to carry with you on move day is recommended.

You may want to transport valuable items such as jewelry and important papers such as legal documents (i.e. deeds/titles), identification documents (i.e passport), medical records, financial papers etc. yourself come move day.