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Packing and moving all your stuff can be a difficult task, especially when you’re dealing with large appliances and fragile items. You can get overwhelmed quite fast if you have lots of things that need to be moved to a new place. The following guide has been designed to assist you when it comes to the moving house process. We’ll take a step-by-step approach so you can stop the panic and start moving right away.
If you’re sorting and organizing items to prepare them for packing, you might as well take this opportunity to declutter and get rid of all the unused stuff you own. The KonMari method can help you in that regard or you can just take a classic approach. Go through every room and sort everything into sell, donate, and trash categories. It can take a considerable amount of time to finish the decluttering project but you will be grateful when you’ll realize that you can move more easily now.
2. Get Moving Boxes
Your belongings have to be properly sorted, organized and then placed into moving boxes. Not everyone has the same needs so you will need to analyze your items and figure out which types of boxes work best for you. Depending on the nature of your possessions, you might have to invest in new sturdy boxes for delicate items. You also have to take into account the size of the boxes. It’s usually best to stick to medium-sized boxes that have a decent capacity yet still don’t become too heavy to carry when full.
3. Start Packing
Once you’re done with decluttering and have enough moving boxes, it’s time to actually start packing. This process takes quite a lot of time and we recommend clearing off your schedule to deal with it. If you start packing early, there’s less of a chance of rushing mistakes that can cause you to break stuff. It’s a good idea to do the packing strategically so you don’t become frustrated when you’re unpacking and looking for a particular item. Mark boxes with frequently used items so you can find them first and pack least used things first.
4. Pack Major Appliances
It’s not that hard to organize and pack most of your belongings but large appliances will pose some extra difficulties. They’re obviously too heavy to move normally and will also require uninstallation. This is where a professional moving service can help you as they can arrange the preparation process so that movers can easily handle big appliances. Even if you’re pretty confident that you can pack these objects by yourself, it’s still a good idea to play it safe to avoid unpleasant issues like the appliance not working in your new place.
5. Pack Electronics
If you still have the original boxes of fragile electronics such as TVs, this is a good time to use them. Instead of random moving boxes or other improvised methods, it’s better to use the original box if possible. Big televisions are fairly light and easy to handle but you need to pack it very thoroughly to protect it during the trip to your new home. Some furniture blankets or pads might be required to ensure that your TV is in no danger from accidental bumps or scrapes.
6. Pack Fragile Items
Dishes are some of the most delicate items that need some extra attention during the packing process. It’s highly recommended to get your hands on enough packing paper to protect them during transport. Plates can get chipped and cracked when stacked horizontally so it’s a better idea to go for the vertical stacking method. Put them inside the box like vinyl records with a lot of paper or bubble wrap between them.
7. Pack the Moving Truck
Whether you plan on moving with your own truck or hire a professional team of movers to assist you, it’s important to have a good plan in place when moving day arrives. It may look like once your possessions are nicely packed the job is done. There’s also the matter of loading the moving truck correctly. Start with the heavier items first such as large appliances then move to longer things like mattresses and mirrors. Once disassembled furniture has been added, you can load the remaining boxes from the largest all the way to the smaller ones. Don’t forget to add fragile items last.