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Packing Tips and Tricks

1. Declutter first

Declutter before you begin the packing stage: toss, donate, take. Do not move anything that you no longer need or will not fit into your new residence.

 2. Buy quality moving boxes

Free boxes from your local stores or used boxes are tempting to use. Don’t give in to the temptation! Quality new moving boxes are more durable and come in standardized sizes. They are designed for specific types of items, such as, general packing, dish packs, wardrobe boxes and book boxes. So, make sure you pick the correct type and size. Standardized boxes are easier to move and create a better “load”.

3. Pack a little each day

Packing can be overwhelming, or it can take much longer than you thought. Break down your packing into steps. Pack room by room, leaving out those items that you will still need to use. If you procrastinate, you will end up being disorganized and unpacking will be a bigger chore.

4. Don’t over pack or under pack

One more item, surely it will fit. Your box should close easily, and the sides should not bulge. Overfilled boxes lose their integrity and may start to break apart. They are also harder to stack. Under packed boxes are not ideal either. Your possessions are likely to shift during the move and may break or cause the box to break. Fill in any gaps with packing paper, clothing or foam peanuts and tape the bottom and top seams and around the edges where there is stress.

5. Breakables

Remember, crystal, china, ceramics, and keepsakes need to be carefully packed with lots of padding. Never loose pack these items. Instead, pack breakables in smaller boxes with appropriate packing materials and label as fragile. Use specially designed boxes for your breakable plates, cups and glasses.

6. Hazardous, flammable, and corrosive material

By law, hazardous, flammable, and/or corrosive material cannot be moved by moving companies. This includes paint, paint thinner, fire extinguishers, lawn mower with gasoline, gas tanks for grills, etc. Check with the moving company to ensure that they can or are willing to move the items. Either dispose of the items or move them carefully in your vehicle.

7. Color code your boxes.

Give each room its own color and label the boxes accordingly. You can use different colored tape, markers, or colored labels. Make sure you also include a content list and the room. Then use colored tape to mark each room. This will save movers time, as they can just match color to color. 

8. An essentials tote is essential

Pack your essentials separately, as a separate box, suitcase or plastic tote. Label it essential and put it in a central location in the house. Or each member of the household might have their own essential tote. Essentials should include bedding, towels, personal items and clothes. (Anything you might need in the next couple of days – like that coffee pot and coffee cups).