The best and easiest way to move is to hire a professional moving company that can do everything from you, including packing your things carefully and moving them to their new home. However, some people skip the movers, at least for the packing portion, in order to save a little money on the move.
If you are thinking of packing your own belongings for a DIY move, you can make it a little easier on yourself by trying these five packing hacks:
Create a Packing Strategy
You will continue to need many things while you are packing, so you won’t want to put them in boxes first. When you arrive at your new home, you will need certain things right away, such as cookware and clothing. So, you will want to find those things first. You need to think through these issues to decide what to pack when, as well as how to keep your boxes ordered so that you can easily get the things you need when you arrive in your new location.
If you need to, write down your strategy so that you remember it well and do not get confused as you move through the process.
Labeling your boxes will help you find what you need right away, as well as to find the things you need as you continue to unpack. Use large labels that are marked clearly to ensure you can find everything you need when you need it. Label boxes by room, and then label them with the contents.
You can get as specific as you think you will need to be. For example, you may want to label a box as “sweaters,” or you may want to include a list of specifics, such as “green turtleneck” and “striped cardigan.” Do what makes the most sense for you.
Get Free Boxes
There’s really no need to pay for boxes unless you’re in a big hurry with your move. Otherwise, you can get free boxes by going to local stores or just by saving the boxes from your deliveries. You can also get free boxes by asking friends and family for their extras. Sites like Freecycle and Craig’s list are also great resources for free boxes.
Sourcing boxes for free not only saves you a lot of money, but it also helps you reduce the environmental impact of your move. It’s always better to reuse what you can instead of creating a need for more resources.
Pack Things in Luggage
You likely have some luggage in your home, so why not put it to good use during your move? Pack away clothes, linens, books, or anything else that will fit in your luggage. If the luggage is on wheels, you can pack it as heavy as you like without fear of how difficult it will be to move it.
Don’t waste this opportunity by packing smaller luggage inside larger luggage. Use each item as its own box and put it to its best use.
Use Linens to Wrap Breakables
Put all your items to their best use when packing. Linens like towels and blankets are soft and can be used to wrap around breakables like statues, vases, and dishware. You can also use clothing, pillows, and even stuffed animals to wrap your breakable items. Don’t waste space by packing these soft things on their own and then using packing paper or bubble wrap for your breakable items. Save money and reduce boxes by using your linens for packing.
Using these packing hacks, you can save yourself a lot of time and money, and you can make your moving experience less stressful. Of course, the best way to make your move as stress-free as possible is to hire the professionals to handle it for you. They can pack your items, move them, and even unpack them for you. You may spend a little more money, but you’ll gain a lot more peace of mind.
A to Z Valleywide Movers offers full-service moving for homeowners and business owners, including packing and moving. We do everything we can to make your move as painless as possible, whether you are moving in the state or beyond. Our experienced movers have the skills and the tools to keep your belongings safe, no matter what you are moving. Call us today to get a quote for your move.