The best part of this time of the year is all the amazing new things you receive. The downside is realizing you now have too much stuff, and how are you going to move it.
If you got a new house for Christmas, you’ll need these tips for packing to make a smooth transition.
When you pack up the smart way, you protect all your precious belongings from damage. All those generational heirlooms handed down over the years make it to the next generation. You also save yourself a lot of time.
Packing is the most time-consuming part of moving. If you’re clever about how you do it, you can shave hours off your transition time. Keep in mind as well that some moving companies charge by the hour.
The more boxes you have the longer it takes and the more money you dish out.
Moving out of your home can be really stressful! Check out this list of our top five tips for packing to ensure the smoothest move possible!
1. Shedding Some Weight Ranks at the Top of the Tips for Packing
Shedding some weight has nothing to do with physical pounds but everything to do with junk.
People hold on to things for memory’s sake. Most often, those things aren’t that sentimental and end up becoming piles of junk in the closet or garage. That’s excess weight to move into a new home.
Sort through your junk closet or boxes of stuff in the garage and start getting rid of things. Make a donation pile and a trash pile. Items you can give away, donate them to a local charity.
The other stuff can hit the curb for the next trash pick up.
After you get rid of things you don’t need, start organizing the things you plan to take with you. Start with the biggest rooms in the house.
That’s usually the master bedroom, the living room, or the kitchen.
Depending on where you start, categorize things. Separate clothes from books and dresser items. Sort through dishes. Throw away old plastic containers and raggedy pots and dishes.
Repeat the process for old furniture and electronics in the living room area.
3. Start Packing Early
Believe it or not, you don’t need everything in your house every day, so start packing early.
Begin by packing up those things seasoning items and non-necessities. Then go room by room packing as much as possible. The earlier your pack, the less stressful the move will be.
Waiting around until the last minute to pack creates worry and headache. It’s also how things get damaged. People tend to make packing mistakes when they’re in a rush to move.
4. Schedule a Move Right Away
What’s the point of packing things up early and you haven’t scheduled a move? Do not wait until the last minute to hire a moving company.
Moving companies operate on a first-call, first-serve notice.
As soon as the deal’s done and you have a move-in date, schedule a mover. Waiting could prolong moving from your old location to the new one.
5. Set up and Unpacking Plan
Don’t be a dumper and don’t let the movers dump boxes at your new home as well. Label the boxes according to the rooms at your new house.
Take a trip to the new house and label the rooms there as well. That way the movers will know where to place the boxes. This keeps the unpacking process smooth and organized.
These tips for packing aren’t all-exclusive, but a great start for a new move. Organize things in your old place for the smooth transition to the new one.
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