Top Five Tips For Packing & Moving

Preparation & Packing

While there are several stressful aspects of moving, packing is often most daunting. But with planning and preparation, the process will be much easier. Follow these simple steps to save time and reduce stress while packing and moving into a new home.

Clean first
Before you pack a room, make sure the space is clean. In each bedroom, clean all the clothes, sheets and carpet; in each bathroom, clean the counters, toilet, tub and towels; in the kitchen, clean all of the dishes, refrigerator and floor. Be sure all items are dry before packing them in a box.

Toss the trash 
After cleaning, take inventory of what you need to take to the new house. If you wouldn’t buy an item in your house, then toss or donate it. This will save you space in the new house, time unpacking and even money on moving.

Get supplies
Being ill prepared will prolong the packing process. Before you start packing, pick up these items:
Tool kit to disassemble furniture
Plenty of boxes, including wardrobe boxes for clothes
Packing paper and bubble wrap to protect fragile items
Labels to identify boxes
Packing and strapping tape

Pack one room at a time
Packing will seem less overwhelming if you take it one room at a time. Make it your goal to pack one room in a day or a week, depending on your moving timeline. Label each box with the appropriate room and be specific.  For instance, write, “Bedroom, bookcase” once you’ve packed your books. This will make it easier to unpack once you’ve moved.

Pack a “first-night” box
Prepare a box for the first night in your new home. This should include the following items for each person in your family:
Bed linens
Medicine and prescriptions
Change of clothes
Toilet paper
Trash bags

Unpacking & Organizing

Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to make your new house a home. Follow these simple steps to get unpacked and organized.

Unpack your “first-night” box
Put your toiletries, toilet paper and towels in the bathroom. Make the beds in each room and hang up a change of clothes. This will make the first night at your new home easier and more comfortable.

Stock the kitchen
Before unpacking your kitchen items, line the cabinets and cupboards with paper. Place all your dishes in the cabinet, stack your pots and pans and set out the appliances you’ll need most. These may include a coffee maker and can opener.

Organize your closets
Before you unpack your closets, decide what the purpose of each one is. Store the coats near the front door, and put the linens near the bathroom. In your room’s closet, categorize your clothes by season or color. Place your favorite items near the front, where they are easy to access.

Get comfortable
Make a snack, relax with your family or invite friends over. Do whatever you need to do to feel comfortable in your new home.



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