Packing an entire household full of stuff is no small task, and for many relocators, the process quickly becomes messy, confusing, and downright stressful. At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we’re here to help you avoid that. It’s our goal to help streamline your entire move — packing included — so you can enjoy a smooth, low-stress relocation.
Below, our team of professional movers and packers has outlined seven helpful tips for successfully organizing your packing process. And don’t forget — if you need expert assistance, we can take care of the entire packing process for you!
Sort and Declutter
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, put decluttering at the top of your to-do list. The fewer items you have to move, the less chaotic and stressful the process will be. So, before you pack a single box, start sorting your things.
Room by room, sort through your possessions and determine what you plan to keep and what you can stand to get rid of. If you haven’t used something in the last six months — save seasonal decorations — chances are you won’t use it in your new home either. Why clutter up your space with unused things?
As you sort through each room, pay attention to the condition of the items you rarely (or never) use. Are any of them in perfect condition? If so, you may want to consider selling them to help offset the cost of your move. If setting up a garage sale or building online listings is too time consuming, you can always donate your gently used items to a local shelter or charity.
Consider Temporary Storage Solutions
If you’re planning a local move, consider seeking out short-term storage solutions to help keep clutter to a minimum during the packing process. If you own plenty of things you’d like to keep, but that aren’t necessarily critical to the operation of your home, you can store those things temporarily until you’re ready to use them.
For many households, these items include things like seasonal decorations, seasonal clothing, infrequently used sporting equipment, outdoor furniture, and exercise equipment. If you plan to store high-value items or things that are sensitive to humidity or other outdoor conditions, a climate-controlled storage building provides tightly controlled protection for your possessions.
Pack Your Home Room By Room
During the packing process, focus on one room at a time. Designating specific boxes for each room in your home will save you considerable time during the packing process, not to mention lessen confusion over which items are where.
Begin by packing up the rooms you use least frequently. Once you have those out of the way, start packing infrequently used items from the rooms you use more often. Even if you do it several weeks before your move, start emptying closets and storage areas in frequently used rooms. Tackling the process bit by bit can help streamline heavier packing days as your move date approaches.
Disassemble Bulky and Awkwardly Shaped Items
If you’re not planning to opt for full packing services from your residential movers, it’s a good idea to disassemble as many large or awkwardly shaped items as you can. When disassembled, these types of items are much easier to organize within the truck, which can help eliminate some frustration on your move day.
When breaking down household items, be sure to place any small screws and other hardware in small plastic bags that you can secure to each item with tape. Taking the time to do this will ensure you don’t lose any components necessary for reassembly and will also keep your packing more organized. Items you should consider disassembling include:
● Bed frames
● Dining tables
● Large lamps
● Sectional or modular furniture
Use Appropriately Sized Moving Materials
To ensure your boxes are securely packed and your possessions are well protected against damage, always use the appropriate size moving materials. When packing, the general rule is to pack heavier items, such as books, tools, and heavy cookware in smaller boxes. For larger, lighter items, such as blankets, pillows, rugs, and towels, bigger boxes are suitable.
Packing your belongings in this manner will help ensure none of your boxes are too heavy or awkward to carry, so you can be more efficient while loading the truck. More importantly, using the right size packing materials leaves adequate space for protective cushioning between items that are more susceptible to transport-related damage.
Know Your Non-Allowables
If you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the non-allowable items your movers cannot transport. Federal law prohibits professional movers from transporting any type of hazardous or flammable materials, as well as firearms, ammunition, certain cosmetic products, batteries, certain cleaning products, and several other items.
In addition to federal guidelines, your moving company may also follow internal company policies that prohibit them from transporting specific things. If you’re unfamiliar with the list federally non-allowable items, check out this resource for a full breakdown of the hazardous materials your movers cannot transport.
As well, ask your moving company for a comprehensive list of the items they cannot transport according to company policy. Anything your movers cannot transport must be packed in your personal vehicle, so plan accordingly.
Pack Your Personal Items Last
Save your valuables, important paperwork, and personal items for last. You’ll want to pack these items in your personal vehicle, if possible, to make sure they’re well protected throughout your move. And, because you’ll require a personal overnight bag for your first night in your new home, you’ll need to leave certain things unpacked until the night before your move.
Looking for Professional Movers and Packers? Contact Ace Moving & Warehousing
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we’ve been serving the Twin Cities metro since 1958. We offer a comprehensive selection of moving services to meet the needs of any residential relocation, including full packing services, storage solutions, move planning assistance, and more. When you need professional movers with long-standing repute and service you can trust, we’re the team to call!
To learn more about our services or request your moving quote, feel free to give our team a call at 507-288-3341. You can also get in touch with us by filling out our contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you promptly.