Where Do I Start Packing?
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|Wrapping and packing up your entire home is understandably daunting, and it can seem impossible to know where to start. Feeling overwhelmed? Follow these tips to keep yourself motivated and tackle your packing in the most logical way possible.
The packing process will be simpler if you limit the amount of things you need to pack. Downsizing your belongings can also lead to a lighter removal, saving you money.
Once you have methodically gone from room to room and set aside things you will not be moving with you, it's time to remove them from your home.
- Sort through your clothing and donate items you no longer wear -- torn, stained and worn clothing should also be dealt with appropriately
- Recycle broken appliances and outdated technology taking up space, such as VCRs and old landline phones
- Clean out areas prone to clutter such as inside junk drawers and in garages, basements and attics
- Throw away or recycle items that are damaged, broken or unusable
- Unworn clothing, Blu-rays and other items in good condition can be sold via eBay, Craigslist, Amazon or at a local consignment shop
- The remainder of these items can be donated, given to loved ones or sold at a yard sale
Stock up on supplies
Before you can begin the packing process, you will want to gather the necessary supplies. These include:
While professional packing boxes are the best option, they can also get very costly. To save money on boxes, ask friends, relatives and co-workers who have recently moved to give you their leftover supplies. Local grocery or liquor stores may also be willing to part with their extra boxes.
- Packing paper
- Packing tape
- Thick black markers (for labelling boxes)
- Bubble wrap (for fragile items)
Follow the packing order
Most likely you will still be living inside your home while you pack up your belongings, so it's important you pack from least important to most important. Start by packing things you don't use every day, such as out-of-season clothing and supplies, decorations, knickknacks, books and movies or other collections. Leave essential items like cookware, bedding and bathroom supplies until you're closer to moving day.
Take your time
Packing is a huge and laborious project, so don't rush to do it all in a few days. Instead, give yourself plenty of time to wrap and pack slowly. Not only will it help to alleviate your stress levels, but you will also pack your belongings more carefully and methodically if you're not rushing to finish under a time crunch. Start with a few boxes a day and adjust your deadlines accordingly, sticking to the aforementioned packing order.
After you pack and seal a box of your belongings, don't forget to label it clearly with a thick black marker -- include both where the box belongs in your new home and what is inside. This will make unloading and unpacking much easier. Breakable items should be marked as "FRAGILE" and include arrows indicating which side of the box should be facing up.
Don't want to pack up your belongings yourself? Hire a removals company to do the packing for you. Simply fill out a free quote form to start receiving estimates from removalists in your area and be sure to inquire about their packing and wrapping services!
Author : Cassandra Rose
on October 22, 2015
AUremovals.com - Moving Expert