By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Packing is not easy for everyone. It can be tough to get started, or to even know where to start. You may intend to do your own packing but find the task pretty darn daunting when you start with the first box. How do you get your whole house into boxes and then loaded into a single truck? If you're not sure where to start, when to get started, or how to pack your stuff - you're in the right place.
From managing your very first move to packing when you're too overwhelmed to think, these simple suggestions from professional movers can help you start putting one box on top of another until your house is packed and ready to go.
Start with Boxes and a Permanent Marker
Start with that first box. Grab a stack of 'Medium' packing boxes and a permanent marker. Start with the rooms you use least, like the garage or den. Clear shelves into boxes (with padding, if needed) and label the box for its contents. Then start another box. Then another. Empty your off-season clothes into one box and your backup toiletries into another. Empty your bookshelves and desk drawers into one box and your less-used kitchen pans into another.
One box at a time, label by label, your home will get packed.
Break Up Your Packing into Manageable Chunks
If packing the whole house seems like a big task, break it up. Pack your office first, or everything in your closet you don't wear weekly. Pack up your storage areas, they're already half-packed anyway. Section your house into areas, leaving your most-used things for last. Tackle packing one evening and weekend at a time and congratulate yourself on hitting milestones.
Get Rid of Stuff You Don't Need
Moving is the perfect time to purge your possessions of anything you don't need or don't want to bring with you. All those shirts you never wear, the pans you never cook with, or the furniture too shabby to be worth the truck space can get kicked to the curb or - even better - donate them. There might be a young couple who desperately needs an old sturdy couch or a family who could really use that extra mattress.
Get rid of things you don't need. Anything you wouldn't miss in the new house is now a candidate to lighten your load and reduce the amount you'll need to pack.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
If you're not a professional mover, start early. Most people can't pack their house over a long weekend, or even over three or four weekends. So, give yourself plenty of lead-up time to pack the house - and know when it's time to call in the moving company reinforcements if you just don't make enough headway before your moving date approaches. This is normal, not everyone is a packing machine.
Hire Professional Movers
Professional movers are an important resource when you're planning a move. Many people hire movers to pack just their big furniture and most fragile objects, trusting their expertise to ensure these items make it to the new home safely. You can also count on a professional moving company to take you past the finish line if your personal moving efforts aren't quite done when moving-truck weekend arrives.
Whether you need moving services to augment your busy schedule or because you're not sure where to start, A-1 Freeman Moving is here to help you get where you're going. Contact us today to consult on your moving plans and schedule the professional moving services you need. We look forward to making your upcoming move a breeze.
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