Moving can be one of the most stressful things that you experience in life. Not only do you need to tie up any loose ends in the city you’re leaving, but you also have to start a whole new version of your life in an area that you may not be very familiar with. Add on top of this having to pack up your belongings, clean your home, and move everything in your new home and it’s easy to see how this can be an extremely stressful time.
What can make this situation harder is if you didn’t plan your packing strategy very well. But with a few priorities and adjustments, you can simplify the packing process and eliminate a lot of the stress around this activity.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for packing up your home for a move.
Make Use Of Every Empty Space
Generally, people try to move their belongings as efficiently as possible. As a part of this, you’re going to want to maximize that space you have available for packing your items.
To do this, you’ll want to make use of every empty space you have available to pack your belongings. According to Laura Mueller, a contributor to Moving.com, this means packing light items into your dresser drawers before removing them from your bedroom furniture, putting kitchen items into your pots and pans while you pack them, and filling your suitcases with the clothes you’ll be taking with you. By filling up all this space that otherwise would have been empty, you can save yourself some trips and some space during your move.
While it may be easier to just throw everything into whatever box will fit it and deal with it when you get to your new home, taking the time to strategically pack and label your boxes or belongings can make a huge difference.
As part of your labeling, Dr. Jami Barnett, a contributor to Consumer Affairs, recommends that you put the letters A, B, or C on each box along with writing what’s in the box and what room it should go into in your new home. As for the lettering, boxes with items that need to be unpacked first should be given an A on it, while less important or vital items can be given a B or a C.
Keep Your Essentials Out
When packing up your home, you’ll want to be sure that you keep your essentials out so that you can continue to function at your home until you move into your new one. In your essentials box, Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, advises that you keep items that you’ll need for the last night or two in your current home and for the first night or two at your new home.
If you’re planning on moving soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you pack up your home for your move.