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The Ultimate Guide to Packing and Moving

Both packing and moving can cause hair loss, short-term memory loss, and generalized anxiety. In fact, moving from one house to another can be more emotionally stressful than getting a divorce.

And the average American moves 11 times in their life.

Hiring moving professionals is a great way to alleviate some of this stress, especially ones with a great reputation.

Even with the help of movers, there’s still a lot to get done. Keep reading and let us lighten your load with some timely advice on packing and moving.

1. Start with a Purge

There’s no sense in packing things you don’t want or need anymore.

Before you begin packing, go through everything in your house and decide what you’ll be taking with you and what you’ll be throwing away or donating.

2. Find Free Packing and Moving Boxes

Moving is a big expense, and you’re going to want to cut corners where you can. Using recycled boxes is a great place to do this (and it’s also better for the environment) and we offer free recycled boxes as part of our services.

Call around to different stores in your area to see if they have used packing boxes they’d give to you for free.

3. Pack the Non-Essentials First

It’s smart to pack the non-essentials (items and clothing you won’t be using before your move) first. This can include off-season clothing, your library of books, power tools, linens from the closet, etc.

4. Learn to Love the Lists

Label every single box and keep a thorough inventory of the contents of them. It’s a nightmare trying to unpack everything, when you need something and you don’t even know where to start looking for it.

Make it easy on yourself. Keep kitchen items separate from living room items, and dining room items separate from your bedroom items, etc.

The more organized you are on the front end of packing and moving, the more time you’re going to save your self on the tail end.

5. Pack with Kindness

If you hire a professional moving company think about the person who is going to be carrying it around and pack with kindness.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Pack heavy items in small boxes and light things in large boxes
  • Put heavy items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on the top
  • Don’t leave empty space in the boxes
  • Speaking of breakables, be sure to pack them in bubble wrap or peanuts to ensure they’re preserved in the truck
  • Be sure every box is taped fully.

Get a Move On!

Moving has the potential to be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Focus on your new house and life and the great new memories you’ll create there.

Now take a deep breath. You can do this.

Are you getting ready to move?

Let the professionals help, seek out moving experts and before you know it you’ll be in your new digs, kicking back with the ones you love and making the new place your home.