Packing is all about planning. Get the most bang for your box and pack like a pro with these apartment moving tips!
Phase I – Pre-Packing
1. Gather Supplies
Make sure you have plenty of boxes, shipping tape, packing popcorn, markers, labels, bubblewrap, and anything else you need to stay ahead of the move. You won’t want to worry about packing supplies day-of.
2. Clean House
Packing is a lot less stressful if things are nice and tidy around the apartment. Take this opportunity to make separate piles of items you wish to give away/sell. Arrange to dispose of these before the move and make things just that much easier on yourself.
3. Make a List
Keep track of everything that needs to make its way into a box.
4. Enlist Assistance
Moving is a ton of work and you shouldn’t have to go it alone! Arrange to have family or friends help you out. If one of them has a truck or a vehicle with a lot of space, that’s even better. Offer to pay them for their help in money or pizza, as is tradition. If no one you know is available, there are always people you can hire to assist you. For help packing in the Gainesville, FL area, consider helpers like Baxter’s Organization and Moving Preparation Company.
Phase II – Packing
5. Don’t Wait
Pack as much as you can in advanced, leaving out some necessities to get you through the next day.
6. Take It Room by Room
If you’re worried about having to move your whole apartment, relax! Begin in one room, then move to the rest of the areas in your home once you’ve finished. You’ll be done before you know it!
Intelligent labeling can save you tons of time in the long-run. A good technique is to label in which room the box should go, then follow with the contents (e.g. Kitchen: Silverware). This type of organization will help with stress management and make unpacking a breeze!
8. Take Advantage of On-Deck Containers
If you’re already moving backpacks, duffle bags, bags, and milk crates, it would be silly to not use them for packing. For soft things like clothes and towels, use garbage bags instead of boxes. Bags are usually capable of holding more and can smush down to fill empty spaces in the moving truck.
9. Keep Clothes on Hangers
It’s much faster to keep your clothes on hangers if they’re just going back into a closet. Put sections of hung clothes into an upside-down trash bag to keep them altogether.
Planning and staying organized is the best way to stay stress-free on moving day. Put on some music and just take it one box at a time!