If you need to move to a different city, for sure, you’re already stressing out on all the tasks you need to accomplish. Packing, for example, can be quite an overwhelming task purely because of the sheer amount of possessions you own. Also, if you take into consideration how most interstate removalist companies charge by weight and distance for their services, the cost can be quite concerning as well.
Therefore, it is important to be smart and savvy when packing your belongings. Make sure that you will only be bringing items you need and nothing more. So, before you actually get around to putting your possessions in boxes and other containers, do downsize. Get rid of all the unnecessary items you still have with you and dispose of multiples, either by selling or giving them away.
And when it comes to actual packing, knowing the right techniques can make the task flow more smoothly. Here are some of those tips and techniques:
Cartons or boxes are the most secure containers to use when you are packing for a move. They have the perfect shape for practically anything you need to store. Likewise, they are easy to carry and are stackable — meaning, you can fit more of them in a moving truck or van, even if they come in different sizes.
Some people think wrapping paper is an unnecessary purchase for packing but it is actually fantastic to use. Plus, it does not cost much so purchasing it is not exactly a splurge. You need wrapping paper as protective cushioning for fragile items.
It is better to use for packing than newspaper because, at times, when it’s humid, the print on periodicals can transfer to the items, thereby staining them. So, if you want to maintain the lovely finish of the valuables you need to wrap, it’s best to use wrapping paper you can purchase from a moving company.
Foam is the perfect cushioning material for fragile or breakable items that have a unique shape. You can cut this material or poke holes into it so it will not only prevent delicate items from breaking but also support the shape and protruding parts effectively.
Liquids can easily seep out of containers and dispensers. Caps may come loose during transit and the locking mechanism of dispensers may come undone.
To prevent these from happening, place a cling wrap barrier between the liquid product and the cap of the container and keep that cap from twisting by taping it in place. As for pump dispensers, seal all openings, apply the lock and keep it in place by wrapping some tape around it.
These bags are perfect for the tiny parts of disassembled furniture and appliances such as nuts and bolts, screws, handles, and small pieces. You can label these bags and place all of them in a container or simply tape them to the biggest pieces of the items they originally came with. This will make the reassembly of furniture and appliances at your new place so much easier.
You can also use resealable bags for special items of clothing such as your fragile long white dress and vintage pieces. If you want to be able to place more clothes in plastic bags and make sure they do not take up too much space in boxes or bags, use a vacuum machine to shrink the package.
Write where each of the boxes and containers are supposed to go clearly and legibly. Doing this will guide removalists accordingly so you can avoid having to provide them with instructions about how to handle your belongings and where in the new home they should go.
Do be quite thorough with labeling. If there are odds and ends included in certain boxes, indicate this on the label. This will prevent confusion during unpacking.
As additional tip about labeling: You may want to color-code your labels if you do not want to write a lot of details on the boxes and containers. You can color-code according to room or the members of the family to which the boxes belong. You can also use a specific color to indicate fragile items or boxes which need to be handled with extra TLC.
There you go — six great tips for packing that you can use for your move. Implement them all to organize and make packing a more efficient activity for you.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.