Packing Tips

moving boxesEven though I am on my twelfth move, I am still in the process of learning and I thought I should pass along some packing tips.  In my last couple of moves, I have had the luxury of having movers pack me.   However, this time I am packing myself and I have been reminded of how difficult and time consuming it can be.  Given that, there are a few benefits as well.  It is given me an opportunity to get rid of stuff without over analyzing whether I need it or not.  It is just getting pitched or donated.

I thought I would give you all some tips to help you learn from my experience.

  • Used boxes.  You can purchase used boxes from moving companies or Craig’s list.  When you do buy them, take the time to look at them and make sure they are sturdy enough for another use.  The one thing I have learned is that wardrobe boxes are tricky.  They do not repurpose well.  So, you may want to consider buying new ones.  I have used both used and new on this move and the new ones are holding up really well, whereas the used ones are bending in on themselves.
  • Tape.  Buy more tape than you think you are going to need, because you will use more than you expect.  Make sure to tape the boxes well so that they hold up during the move.  Also, remember to get yourself a tape gun that has a serrated edge.  This will save you a tremendous amount of time.  There are many for sale that are reasonably priced that you can reuse.
  • Permanent Markers.  Have them everywhere.  You will need them.  If you are using used boxes, make sure to cross out the other person’s information and add your own.  This will help alleviate confusion.
  • Short cuts.  If you are moving locally, leave your clothes in your dressers.  It will save you on boxes and time.
  • Don’t break your back.  If you have more than a small apartment of furnishings, consider hiring the pros to help.  You can save yourself a great deal of money by packing yourself and hiring movers to do the heavy lifting.  Remember, save your back. Somethings are best left to the professionals.
  • Boxes.  This another item we tend to under estimate the amount you need, especially the large boxes.  I have had to make two additional trips to get more, which stinks because it interrupts your work stream.  So think about the amount of things you have and buy more large boxes than you think you need.
  • Have a party.  Invite your friends and have a packing party.  Provide the food and beverages.  Do what you have to do to bribe them. You will be surprised at how many will come to help.  Careful with the amount of alcoholic beverages you supply because you need them to be lucid while they pack your dishes…

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