“I like to move it, move it!’ is a fun song until it is literal, because no one likes to “move it” when it comes to household belongings. Is a move to a new location on the horizon for you? Unless you have found a magical packing fairy that will do the move for you, you are going to want to be as organized as possible!
Moving can be exciting – but it can be stressful too. With all of the other things for you to focus on (like finding a new home, finalizing the little details and helping the kids prepare), packing can be a huge burden. Here are some helpful tips to make that part of your move as smooth as possible.
Label, label, label! This could be the most important part… you cannot go into too much detail with this! Not only should you label what the contents are and to whom they belong, but also remember to label what room it should go in. This will help the movers (or yourself!) remember when it is time to unload. You may also want to use a numbering system (Box 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc.) to keep track of how many should go into each room.
Start early. Some items, such as undergarments and shampoo cannot be packed up ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start early on the other things. Items in the curio cabinet, DVDs, seasonal clothing and holiday decor can be packed and set aside ahead of time. It is never too early to start going through toys and closets, weeding out things that are not going to be taken with you.
Keep inventory. You do not have to notate every pair of socks that go into the box, but do keep a list of how many boxes and what the general contents are. This will make it easier to know if everything made it to the new location. It does not have to be fancy… a simple list with “Joey-pants/shorts – 2 boxes” will work.
Wrap it like you mean it! While you may use utmost care packing your breakables, and a reputable moving company will too, accidents are a possibility. What if you have to slam on your brakes during the drive to your new place? The lever on the back of the seat doesn’t care if it pokes a hole in your nice flat screen! There can never be too much padding. Start saving bubble wrap, old blankets/towels and old socks months before you move. They can protect your items and be tossed after the move is complete!