If you’re preparing for your first large move, you may feel overwhelmed with all the packing that needs to get done. Fortunately, we have over 20 years of packing experience under our belts, and we’re sharing our best DIY packing tips! These tips are perfect for a family who doesn’t have a budget to hire us for packing services, or for the hyper-organized personality who prefers to know where all of her belongings are at any given time.
Bedroom: Instead of purchasing garment bags for your hanging clothes, you can turn a garbage bag upside down and use the tip of each hanger to poke a hole through the plastic. And when you hang clothes in your wardrobe boxes, be sure you take advantage of all the space the boxes offer! You can usually fit several pairs of shoes in the bottom of each box.
Kitchen: Be sure you don’t skimp on the packing supplies you use for dishes! An unexpected bump in the road can easily break a handle off a loose cup or chip a plate. Remember that dish boxes come with adjustable inserts to fit each dish snugly, and are double-insulated on the outside to add extra cushion. If you do stack plates in a box, use disposable foam plates between each breakable one to act as shock absorbers. You can also use soft items lying around your house, such as socks, stuffed animals, and hand towels, as cushioning in the empty spaces at the corners of the box.
Dining Room: Most modern dining tables have detachable legs which easily come off with an Allen key/wrench. If yours can be disassembled this way, you can easily wrap the tabletop in a blanket to avoid scratching the top during transit. Whenever you disassemble any furniture in your home to move it, be sure to put the hardware and Allen keys in a small plastic zip bag and tape the bag to the furniture so you won’t lose any screws.
Den: If you have a mirror hanging in your den, a glass tabletop on your coffee table, or any other sheets of glass in other parts of the house, you can use two strips of masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of each glass piece. The tape will help prevent shattering and add strength. Then place a piece of cardboard on each side of the sheet before thoroughly wrapping it in bubble wrap.
General Packing Hacks
Labeling: Pick a color for each room in your NEW home, and use corresponding colored markers to label the contents of your boxes. Then color a floorplan of your new home with the same color system. This way, you can easily instruct your movers on where each box goes.
Liquids: First of all, be sure you carry any flammable liquids, such as bleach or other household cleaners, in your own car–not the moving truck! Moving companies can’t take flammable chemicals on their trucks. Next, when you pack up any bottled liquids such as shampoo or hand soap, place the bottles in large plastic zip bags before packing them into boxes. This way, if one leaks, it won’t hurt the other contents of the boxes or weaken the integrity of the boxes themselves.
Day-of-Move Box: On your first night in your new home, what will you absolutely need? Charging cords, toilet paper, a change of clothes…? Place these items in clear storage bins so you can easily see which items are in each bin and find necessities quickly.
Small Items: When you’re packing up your knick knacks and small items you don’t want to lose inside a vacuous box, wrap each of these belongings in colored paper instead of regular packing paper. This way, as you pile your packing paper into trash bags after the move, you won’t accidentally discard or overlook these things.
Packing with Kids
Packing with kids is completely different from packing by yourself, because you have to keep them engaged and entertained with a task at the same time. Here are a few ways they can help:
- Instead of (or in addition to) using colored markers to label each box, let the kiddos use colored stickers to help you label where each box goes. When you’re unpacking, remember that the used cardboard will serve as great forts or coloring canvases for them!
- Turn packing into a game. Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to help you pack specific items, and let them play Stuffed Animal Basketball with the boxes their toys will go into.
- Turn cleaning into a game! While you clean the home for the next homeowners or your landlord, see which child can clean their assigned room the fastest, or clean the most windows.
And finally, if you decide you’re burnt out on packing or have a specific room that seems like it’ll be a pain to pack up, give us a call! We can pack up as little or as much as you’d like to make your moving experience easy. Visit us online, or call/text us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote.