Packing can be as tiresome as it is exhausting. Part of the stress is picking out the boxes in which to pack, and knowing how to pack the different items to be moved. How you pack will make it easier or harder when you finally get to unpack. If you have a lot of stuff to move, the packing process can be particularly overwhelming. However, to make the process easier, here are a few tips.
1. Packaging Supplies
When you get the news that you need to move, there are a few supplies that you cannot afford to miss. If you are going to move the items oversees, you will require high quality, good packaging materials to ensure the safety of your items. The most important packaging supply is the boxes. If you have a lot of odd-shaped items, you can decide to pack them in barrels instead. Other than that, here are other supplies you should pick.
|Packing paper/unprinted papers||Bubble wrap for delicate items|
|PVC tape (not cellophane or masking tape)||Cutting tool (scissors or sharp knife)|
|Labels/stickers for identification||Notebook (for inventory recording)|
|Tape dispenser||Labeling markers|
2. Picking the Packing Boxes
It is very important to pick packing boxes of the appropriate sizes; you will need small and large boxes. When picking large boxes, make sure they are only large enough to fit the bigger items. Keep in mind that a person will carry the boxes so don’t make the load too heavy.
When picking packaging boxes, consider the items to be moved and choose a suitable, sustainable packaging. If you are packing items such as shoes and clothes, you can go for the standard boxes. However, if you are moving items that are fragile, and china, you need sturdy boxes. Most dish pack boxes are double walled, and they can be either tall or medium. The taller boxes can be used to pack lamps, larger toys, baking utensils such as sheets and the like.
If you have previously moved and you kept the boxes that you used, check their sturdiness first before using them. While you may find that most are usable, especially quality ones from http://www.packworld.com/package-design/consumer-research/designing-cost-effective-packaging-strateg, some may have been weakened and can only be discarded. You may need to get rid of a lot of things that you no longer use, or hold a sale to get rid of them profitably. Such items may include toys that the kids have long overgrown, furniture and clothes that the family no longer uses, and other things that you really do not see value in carrying around to your new place.
3. Pack One Room at a Time
Now that you have the boxes, begin a systematic and organized packing; one room at a time. Start with the least used items. This helps if you will be packing for a few days. Once you are done, make a label clearly showing what is inside.
When packing delicate items such as kitchenware, toys, or electronics, wrap them with bubble wrap, unprinted paper or soft clothes (that do not have any hard embellishments) before packing them in boxes. The extra wrapping protects them against clanking, which can cause breakage.
For each box, pack heavier items at the bottom then fill it with lighter, smaller items. If the items leave any space, fill it up with clothes, dishtowels, packaging/butcher paper, or bubble wrap to keep the items in place. Keep the boxes less than 15 kilos to make it easier to move around. Make sure that the items do not shift while inside the box as they can break when moving. Once the box is comfortably full, close the lid, secure it with the PVC tape and label it. Do not pack items that stick out of their boxes, and try not to have any loose items left unpacked.
4. Pack for Your First Night
The first night after moving is usually hectic, tiresome and long. In order to make it easier, plan before you pack. Put a few essentials in a separate box and clearly label it. This box should include toiletries, pajamas, bottled water, snacks, a change of clothes, and anything else needed for a night or two.
In order to make packing and moving easy and painless, give yourself adequate time to plan. Plan for all items, as well as for the trucks that will be involved in the moving. Think of the weather on the day of moving and be prepared. If you are only moving a few items such as when moving offices, you can do it yourself instead of hiring movers, especially those who charge on an hourly basis. While we dont want any awards for packaging advice, we still want you to have a good moving experience.
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