Moving is stressful. Dozens of things can go wrong: you might forget something at your old home, you might arrive at your new home with none of your belongings, your moving truck might get lost, or—your belongings might break in transit!
Far too many things feel as if they’re out of our hands when it comes to moving, and maybe that’s why it always feels so stressful. But, one thing we can take steps towards controlling is the safety of our possessions.
Here are a few packing tips from an expert to make sure your more delicate items are kept as safe as possible.
1. Use purpose-built moving boxes.
You won’t regret spending a few extra dollars on quality moving boxes. Tape along their flaps to keep them sturdy, and to keep them from collapsing. Always fill your boxes as much as you can to keep them from collapsing or crumpling in transit – even if it means crumpling more packing paper into the gaps.
2. Always place heavy items at the bottom of your moving box, and lighter items at the top.
You don’t want to accidentally crush any of your smaller, lighter items.
3. Pack your glassware with tissue or packing paper.
Fill in any extra space with scrunched tissue paper. Layer your packing paper between each glass, and cushion both the top and bottom of your box to keep them from moving too much during transit. Fit tissue paper around your stemware to keep them from cracking, and carefully wrap each glass separately.
4. Stack smaller pots within larger pots.
Fill in the spaces between them with packing paper. Do the same with saucepans, and place books, or other flat, thin objects on top.
5. Don’t pack all of your books into one large box.
Stack them on top of one another, and use smaller boxes. Books are an easy way for a box to become far too heavy, and it’ll be difficult not only for you, but for your mover to lift.
6. Sort your bathroom before you pack it.
Keep your essentials separate from everything else so that you have things like toothpaste, medicines, and your toothbrush readily available in the immediate days following your move. Put your shampoos and conditioners in plastic bags to avoid leaks, and don’t be afraid to double bag if you’re eager to be extra cautious.
7. Use your linens and towels as packing material to wrap your more delicate items.
Homewares such as plates, mugs, and silverware have a tendency to break most commonly during transit. If you use your linens and towels generously, you might not even need a box for them!
8. Tape loose bolts and screws under the furniture they should be paired with.
Assembling furniture can be an onerous task, especially if you can’t find the right screws and bolts for your tables and chairs. By taping them to your furniture, assembly won’t be difficult, nor time consuming once you reach your new home.
9. Label every box with what it contains, and what room it should go into.
It’ll save you a lot of time when you reach your new home. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
10. Hire a packer.
If the stress of a move is too much for you, or you just don’t have the time to pack your home on your own, you can always hire a professional packer specifically trained to keep your belongings safe to help you before your big day!