If you’ve got a move coming up, you’re likely already dreading the idea of packing up your home. Packing isn’t something people usually look forward to because it takes so much time and energy. But it doesn’t have to! If you plan it right you can take almost all of the stress out of packing. Here are seven packing tips that will make your move easier.
Make a Packing Kit
The key to an efficient move is being organized. Taking a few minutes to gather the supplies you’ll need to pack your family’s belongings will help things run smoothly and save you some stress. At the very least you’ll need permanent markers, scissors, packing tape and boxes. You might also want to have a notebook and a snack handy. The notebook will help you keep track of what’s going in what boxes and the snack will keep you from gettinguhangry during the move.
Stock Up On Old Boxes
Speaking of boxes, you’re going to need a lot of them. Your best bet is to start accumulating them early in the month leading up to your move. Save any shipping boxes that come to the house and ask friends and family if they have any old boxes lying around that you could have. If you’re not able to find enough gently used boxes, you can always buy some from your local home improvement store.
This is so important! Do not wait until the last minute to pack your stuff. We know packing isn’t a fun job, but it’s one that has to be done. To break things up, commit to just packing three or four boxes each day in the weeks leading up to the move. Pro tip: Start with non-essential items that you’re not going to need right away.
Use a Color Code to Label Boxes
If you do nothing else, at least use this simple trick to keep track of your stuff. It can be hard for people to read your handwriting, so just because you wrote "dishes" on the box doesn’t mean that it’s going to end up in your new kitchen. Instead, use a color code to label your boxes. Grab some colored duct tape and slap a piece on each box, with each color representing a different room in the house. For example, blue boxes go in the living room and red boxes go in the kitchen.
Take the Opportunity to Downsize
Since you already have to go through all of your stuff, you might as well take this time to de-clutter your life. If you have old clothes you haven’t worn in years or other household items that haven’t seen much use lately, set them aside to be donated. This helps lighten your load and can help others in need.
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