Moving can be a daunting task, especially if you don't have a lot of experience packing up your belongings and moving them to a new location.
There are a lot of things to consider when you're packing for a move, but with a little bit of planning and attention to detail, it doesn't have to be as overwhelming as it might seem.
Today, we'll give you some tips on packing so that your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Let's get to it…
1)) Get Rid of Anything You Don't Need
This is the perfect opportunity to declutter your life and get rid of anything you don't use or need anymore.
Sorting through everything you own and deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be therapeutic, and it will also make packing and unpacking a lot easier.
Donate anything you don't need to charity or have a garage sale to get rid of larger items.
2)) Invest in Proper Packing Materials
Boxing everything up is only half the battle. You also need to make sure your belongings are well-protected for the journey ahead.
3)) Pack One Room at A Time
Trying to pack up your entire home all at once is a recipe for disaster.
You'll end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out before you even get started.
Instead, focus on packing one room at a time.
Start with items you won't need right away and work your way towards items you'll need closer to the move date.
4)) Label Everything Clearly
Once everything is packed up, it can be difficult to remember what goes where.
Save yourself some time and frustration by labeling each box with its contents and the corresponding room in your new home.
That way, you (or your movers) will know exactly where everything goes when it's time to unpack.
5)) Pack an Essentials Bag
When moving day arrives, you're going to want to have some essential items close at hand so you're not rummaging through boxes looking for your toothbrush or a change of clothes.
Pack a small bag with things like toiletries, medicines, phone chargers, snacks, etc., and keep it with you during the move.
Pro Tip: We highly encourage you to use some type of printable travel packing list to ensure you don't forget any of your essential items.
6)) Create A Floor Plan
To avoid any confusion on moving day, take some time before the big day to map out where all your furniture will go in your new home.
That way, you (or your movers) will know exactly where everything goes and won't have to waste time trying to figure it out on the spot.
7)) Purge Again
Once everything is packed up and ready to go, take another look around and see if there's anything else you can get rid of.
There's no sense in paying to move things you don't need or want anymore.
8)) Update Your Address
Don't forget this important step! Be sure to update your address with the post office, as well as any companies or organizations that send you mail regularly.
9)) Change Your Utilities Over
Schedule a day or two before your move-in date to have your utilities turned off at your old place and turned on at your new place.
That way, everything will be set up and ready to go when you arrive at your new home sweet home!
10)) Hire Professional Movers
Packing up everything on your own is certainly doable, but it's not always the best idea.
If you have the budget for it, hire professional movers who can do all the heavy lifting for you.
They'll also likely have access to various tools and equipment that will make moving large pieces of furniture much easier than if you try to do it on your own.
We hope these packing tips help make your next move a little bit easier!
Just remember to take breaks often, stay organized, and label everything—and most importantly, don't forget to treat yourself occasionally!