When you start to get ready for moving, packing can be one of the most daunting tasks that you are faced with as you realize just how much you actually own and wonder how on Earth you are going to manage to get it all packed up and transported. You can, of course, make use of the service offered by your moving company to help with the packing as well as the move; however, those who want to do the packing themselves, either for cost or other reasons, may want to check out the following tips in order to make moving a lot easier.
The first tip, which cannot be emphasized strongly enough, is that you need to have a plan. You need to have expectations for your packing schedule that are realistic and achievable. It is unlikely, for example, that you would be able to have a three-bedroom home all packed up and ready to go in the space of a week. The best idea is to start the process of packing as soon as you can, possibly even up to six weeks prior to the move or even sooner if possible. The earlier you begin packing, the lower the chances are that you will end up hitting a wall as the date for moving draws closer.
You should set yourself a goal so that you start packing each day and are aware of precisely which room it is that you are intending to take on. Make sure that you have given yourself additional time on the back end in the event that particular rooms end up taking longer to pack up than expected. If you have a family, you should designate a particular job for each member to handle; this is a good way to make sure that everybody is on the same page and working together towards a successful relocation.
Another thing that you need to do is to get plenty of supplies. You can compare the prices of supplies at a number of different office supply stores as well as from moving firms that offer both corporate and residential relocation services. Make certain that you obtain boxes including electronic, large, medium, small and wardrobe boxes, as well as labels, permanent markers, tape, big trash bags (for throwing out things that you no longer want and do not wish to take with you), pens and paper (to write down ideas and information, make lists and so forth) and a box cutter.
Packing needs to be undertaken with care. It is not good enough to just stuff your possessions into a box in any old manner. You need to be careful in order ensure that your items do not break. Heavier items should be packed in the bottom of a box and the overall weight of a box should be limited to no more than 50 pounds.