Packing can be a time consuming chore. It’s the easiest thing to ignore, put off, and save for later. It’s also one of those things that can creep up on you incredibly quick.Keep packing from surprising you at the last second by tackling it in small, easy-to-accomplish steps. Begin by gathering all the packing materials that you’ll need to make everything else easier in turn. Gather everything on this checklist and you’ll be ready to start packing.
THE PACKING BASICS
A moving sales representative can come to your house and leave you with a written itemized quote that will include the estimated amount of boxes that you will need. After you’ve determined how many boxes you will need, you’ll have to figure out the best way to get those boxes. It’s not always necessary to buy brand new moving boxes. Instead, try to connect with people looking to get rid of their old boxes via online marketplaces, or check with your mover to see if they supply lightly used boxes. You can also go to your local grocery or big box store and ask if they have any to spare. We recommend scouting out a few more boxes than you think you’ll need. It’s always better to have too many than not enough.
If you’re interested in re-usability or storage, you can always substitute cardboard boxes or plastic bins for boxes. Plastic storage bins are more durable, they last longer, and you can use them over and over again. The only thing plastic bins can’t handle as well as boxes are specialty items. Specialty items like glassware, china or lamps should be packed in specialty boxes such as china barrels.
This includes bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing peanuts. You’ll need something to fill the gaps and protect your breakables during the move. What you choose depends on what’s accessible to you and what you prefer. Whatever you choose, make sure you have some kind of cushioning–it’s an important safety tool!
Don’t go for the cheapest tape you can find. You’re going to want your tape to stand up to the rigors of moving. You can invest a little extra by getting a tape gun for easier use of tape. A few rolls can go a long way, it’s better to have too much than not enough.
Markers and Sharpies are the best option for labeling boxes because they don’t wipe off or smudge.
Masking tape won’t hold boxes together, but it will work as a way to label boxes. The light color contrasts with dark boxes and it’s easy to write on.
Colored sticker labels are a way to differentiate boxes without writing on them. You could probably find these types of labels for a good price at places like your local dollar store.
Packing and moving can create a mess. Setting aside a dedicated set of cleaning supplies to clean up after packing is always a good idea. You shouldn’t need more than a broom, some cleaning cloths, and dusting supplies. If you’re renting, this will help you secure your deposit.
Once you’ve got your materials, it’s time to pack. Check out one of our helpful packing guides for further direction. Don’t forget: no matter what help you need with your next move, All Brunswick Moving & Wheaton have you covered.
Contact us and we will work with you to make your next move as easy as possible.