Moving day: 11 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Packing.
1. Pack one room at a time. You may want to pack all your pictures at once, but it's better to pick a single room and pack everything in it. Going room by room, you'll feel more productive and less scattered.
2. Get the right materials. The boxes, tape, and markers you choose matter. Stock up on fresh new wide markers to label boxes, double the supply of tape you think you'll need, and live by the mantra that you can never have too many boxes.
3. Thin tape works best. When it comes to ceiling boxes securely, thin brown tape is the best. If you can't find it at your local home center, go to a moving company; many sell supplies and have the right tape for the job. Thick tape will come off boxes and won't seal tightly.
4. Pack early and often. Pre-packing makes moving day go faster. Another option? Have one or more large rental storage boxes delivered to your house. Once you've packed them, the company will deliver them to your new home.
5. Cheap isn't always cheaper. Sometimes a self-move becomes more expensive in the long run, based on the amount of time and energy you expend. Don't overlook full-service movers, which can be well worth their monetary cost.
6. Use specialty boxes. They make all the difference for packing mirrors, China, glasses, and wardrobes. Specialty boxes can be purchased online from moving companies or from box suppliers such as uline.com.
7. Use those old newspapers in the garage for cushioning. If you don't get the paper, box companies and online moving companies often have better buys on newsprint than movers or home centers. Or buy roll ends from your local newspaper; some can be had for just a few dollars and have 10 or more pounds of paper left on them.
8. Create a "first day" box. Each person and room should have a first day box that includes toiletries and other items needed on the first day you move to a new home. Be sure to include plastic cups, paper towels, coffee, coffee maker, and toilet paper. Label each box "first day."
9. Should you move your packed refrigerator and freezer? Sure. If your new home is only a short distance away, ask your mover to consider this. Many will if you remove all glass bottles first and strap the doors.
10. Get a good tape gun. Tape guns make packing go much faster. Many tape guns are unwieldy and don't apply tape correctly. The tape gun from U-Haul works well and is a good value at about $10. It was also easy to find because of the orange color – something you'll value when you go hunting for it!
11. PACK IN SMALL BOXES-NO LARGER THAN 1FT BY 2FT (AND IF YOU ARE PACKING BOOKS OR OTHER HEAVY ITEMS KEEP IT EVEN SMALLER THAN THAT!) Your mover will thank you-especially if it is your husband. This will certainly take the stress out of packing and also going to the chiropractor after your move.
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