3 Quick Tips for Helping You Pack Before a Move

Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it is also stressful and a lot of hard work. Packing up all your things may be one of the most stressful parts of a move, as it's time consuming and there is the worry of whether or not your items will arrive safely at your new home. To ensure that your packing goes as smoothly as possible and your items are secure, note a few quick but important tips.

1. Start now

One reason that packing is so stressful is that it takes so long to box up everything you own. To cut down on this stress, start now! If you know you're going to move, there's no reason you can't start packing now versus the day before you actually move. You can box up items you won't need between now and your move, including holiday décor, old paperwork, out-of-season clothes, and so on. Set aside fifteen minutes every day to pack something, and by the time the weekend of your move rolls around, you'll see that much of the work is already done.

2. Don't skimp on the packing insulation

Very often items get broken in a move because someone skimped on the packing materials to insulate items in a box. Invest in thick foam peanuts, bubble wrap, and everything else needed to keep your items safe and secure while boxed up. You can also save money by wrapping items in thick winter clothes and your towels when you pack them. Wrap dishes and other fragile items in sweatshirts and sweatpants and slide smaller glass items like drinking glasses and vases into your thick winter socks.  These provide great cushioning and can also keep things secure.

3. Choose the right packing boxes

Another reason that many items don't make it to their destination securely is that they're not packed in the right type of packing boxes. Note the difference in thickness when shopping for cardboard boxes, and remember that a thick cardboard box is not only less likely to break but it may also provide more cushioning for your items while in transit. Packing boxes made for certain items in particular can also keep them secure; choose boxes with dividers inside for drinking glasses or wine bottles, or a mirror box to hold mirrors and pictures. These are large and flat and often cushioned inside to ensure a glass frame or mirror doesn't break. Investing in the right packing boxes can be much cheaper than replacing items that get broken in your move.

About Me

Moving around as an expat

My husband works in oil and gas which has meant we have lived in a lot of locations all over the world. I never know how long we are going to be staying somewhere, so we often need to be ready to move at short notice. At the same time, we want to feel as settled as possible in our home. This blog has some tips on how to set up your house to make it easier to move later on. It should be useful to anyone who needs to move regularly like people in the military or people who work in oil and gas.