By Relocation.com Staff
This article will teach you a packing process that will make your move easier – if this is the only thing you have time to read about packing for your upcoming move, it will be enough.
- Buy boxes, packing tape, magic markers, and a clipboard.
- In each room of your house, put the boxes and packing tape that you'll need for each room. If you have the space, put together the boxes well before packing.
- Buy a box of magic markers and put a different color marker in each room. You will use the magic marker to mark the boxes in that room, creating a 'color code' system for your movers -- red for the boxes for the living room, blue for the boxes in the kitchen, etc.
- Have a piece of paper for each room on the clipboard.
- In each room, pack first the things you use infrequently -- clothes and sporting goods that are out of season, knicknacks, etc.
- Using that room's designated color, label the first box you pack "1" with a description of contents, the second box, "2," etc. When you unpack, you will unpack the higher-numbered boxes first -- these are the items you use more frequently.
- Before moving on to the next box, pack each box full and seal it. After you get a closet packed, move the boxes into the closet.
- In addition to a brief label on the box itself, on your clipboard write a more detailed description of the box's contents and its number -- you will use this list to make sure each box was delivered, and you will use this list to help you find things you might need access to quickly.
- Pack a few boxes a day so you don't get overwhelmed.
- Pack a separate box of items you'll need right away at the new house -- carry it with you in case you arrive before the movers. Pack in this box: Cleaning supplies, basic kitchen utensils, simple food items, a set of clothes per person, bathroom items, and new sheets.
Your Next Move:
- Lay out the rugs, and get the furniture and dressers where you want them. Then tackle boxes.
- Unpack these rooms first: kids rooms (keeps them occupied); your bedroom (at least set up the bed, it's a nice thing after a stressful day); the kitchen (you like eating, right?).
- In each room, unpack the higher numbers first, and check each box off your inventory.
- Unpack each box completely, break down the box, and discard it before moving on.
- Like packing, set a daily box goal for unpacking.
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