When it comes to preparing for your move, packing your home can be one of the most tedious tasks you have to complete. There’s a lot to think about – Where to start? How many days should I set aside? What supplies do I need and where can I get them? How much do I get rid of?
Even though it may seem overwhelming, we want to take some of that stress off your shoulders. Central Coast Moving’s team of professional movers and packers created this guide for attacking packing like a pro.
DID YOU KNOW? A well prepared moving and packing plan saves you an average of 10% on your move!
The first step of preparing to pack is to get organized. This means gathering your supplies and making the appropriate home edits.
When purchasing your packing supplies, it’s a good rule of thumb to order more than what you would expect to need. This saves you from having to make extra last-second trips to the store looking for more.
Remember, you can always return extra packing materials to us at CCM, Lowe’s, Home Depot or Uhaul, so don’t be afraid to over order.
Here’s a checklist of packing materials we recommend:
- Packing Tape
- Duct Tape (we recommend ordering different colors from Amazon for color coding purposes)
- Moving Boxes (in various sizes)
- Packing Paper
- Bubble Wrap
Making home edits prepares you to conquer the daunting task of packing up all of your belongings. Start by dividing your stuff up into 3 categories – Keep, Sell and Donate. If you haven’t used something in two years, consider selling or donating it! This is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash or to help out those in need in your area.
DID YOU KNOW? Central Coast Moving is affiliated with Move For Hunger and can donate all your dry/canned goods to local churches, shelters, and charities.
Moving Box Sizes
Next, you may be thinking, “how am I supposed to know which boxes I need to get?” Don’t stress, we have got you covered!
- Small Boxes: are great for things like books, small fragile items, glassware, canned goods and miscellaneous junk drawer items.
- Medium Boxes: we recommend filling with pots & pans, cutting boards, cleaning supplies and dry goods.
- Large Boxes: are best for things like blankets, pillows, vases, pictures and other larger items.
- Wardrobe Boxes: are recommended for hanging up clothing or fitting large, awkward items. You can typically fit up to 40” of clothing into each box.
Using your own luggage and storage bins is a great way to pack and move unbreakable items. Plus, it saves you a bit of money!
Take a look at the chart below to see how many boxes we recommend based on the amount of rooms you’re packing:
Packing Tips From The Pros
Now that you’re organized and have all your supplies, it’s time to jump into packing.
We suggest packing one room at a time so that the task feels more manageable. This will also help you to estimate how much time you will need to carve out to get the job done.
Remember that duct tape we mentioned getting in multiple colors? This is where you put it to use! Color code each box with a piece or pieces of tape on the top and sides of the box to coordinate with a specific room. This way, your belongings remain organized, you save time and unpacking is made easier.
While filling your boxes, ensure that you are filling them as much as possible for the protection of your belongings. Fill any empty space with packing paper to avoid objects moving around within the boxes.
Make sure as you’re packing up your breakables, such as glassware, mirrors and electronics, you are packing them safely. Use bubble wrap and paper to pad smaller items and towels and blankets to wrap and pad larger items.
Don’t forget about your valuables! Keep important documents like your birth certificates and social security cards or other valuables, like jewelry, in a separate, secure box that you transport with you to your new home.
As you wrap up your packing, build yourself a necessity box that holds items you’re going to need right away. This should include things like: sheets, towels, a change of clothes, toothbrush + toothpaste, make-up, etc. This box should be easily accessible during your move so you have everything you need.
Lastly, check out this video on the proper taping and labeling technique to get those boxes from point A to point B in one piece:
Professional Movers and Packers
Even with all these helpful packing tips, moving and packing can still be stressful. Our last tip is hiring professional movers to alleviate the workload!
Professional movers and packers are a great alternative if you aren’t feeling particularly D-I-Y. With special training, these teams can expertly pack your belongings efficiently – making sure to use every bit of space to their advantage – and carefully – ensuring your valuables get to their new location safely.
Central Coast Moving’s hard working team is ready to show you the 5 star difference during your next move. Check out our Packing and On-site Moving page for more information on how we can take the stress off your shoulders.
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