From realizing how many knick-knacks you’ve collected to changing your address for bills, statements, and accounts, moving is enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out. But before you give yourself a new ‘do, here are some tips and tricks to help ease your packing process.

1. Pack a getaway bag. No, not to escape – this bag contains the vital stuff you need to use during the week. This is to prevent you from digging through everything trying to remember where you put them. Pack a weeks worth of clothes, towels, toiletries, and whatever else you might need.

2. Make a “Rooms” checklist. Break down your house into categories. The easiest way to do this is by breaking the categories down by room. If you want to be even more detailed, you can do subcategories, as well (e.g. “guest room bathroom” or “master bedroom closet”). This will help you get an idea of how many boxes you may need, account for all rooms and boxes, and help guide your Home Team crew where to put them at your new pad.

3. Think “Outside the Box”. Recognize what can and cannot be boxed. Some things, such as lamps and furniture, just don’t belong in boxes. Take some mental notes as to what other supplies you might need to wrap or protect such items. This leads us to the next step…

4. Create a supplies list…and buy ALL of the supplies! Moving isn’t just about boxes; it’s kind of like a giant art project. You’re going to need different sized boxes, packing tape (NOT duct or scotch tape), bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and whatever else. Take note of all materials you might need, then go buy the supplies. It’s natural to underestimate the amount of supplies that you need, so remember that buying more is better than not having enough, especially with boxes. Plus, most moving and storage companies (including U-Haul) let you return any unused boxes. Better safe than sorry!

Now that all the planning and preparation is complete, let the fun of packing begin!

5. Establish your building blocks. First things first, construct a good number of boxes prior to the start of the packing process as this will makes things a little easier and much more organized. Be sure to fold the box properly – don’t interlock the flaps – and remember to double-tape the bottom of the boxes; this prevents them collapsing in the middle of the move and dumping everything on the floor or street.

6. Take it one step at a time. Packing can be extremely overwhelming and stressful, if you’re constantly looking at all the things you need to do. Instead, focus on one room and one section. Remember to use the rooms checklist to label your boxes. If you’re more visual, or just like pretty colors, color coordinate your boxes by room; stickers are also an option.

7. Have a strong foundation. Put heavier and larger items at the bottom of the box; this will decrease the chances of the box bursting and prevent smaller, lighter things from getting crushed. Tip: the smaller items can always fit between larger stuff. Get the most for your money: utilize as much space as you can in every box.

8. Close up, move on. Once you’ve filled the box to capacity, close the box, tape it up, label it, and put it against the wall. Designate an area in the room, preferably against a wall, to place all packed up boxes. This way, during the packing process you aren’t tripping over boxes, and when you’re done with a room, you aren’t pushing and moving heavy boxes across the room.

That’s all there is to it! Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The packing process is long and strenuous, but if you are prepared and organized, your process will go smoothly.

Let the Home Team make moving simple with our hired local labor. After you’ve done steps 1-8, we’ll take care of the heavy lifting-loading, and unloading. Schedule a move today!

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