Let’s be real — moving is stressful and the task of packing up every item that you own can seem pretty daunting. While we can’t tackle your packing for you, we can give you some tips on how to make the process go as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together a list of six common packing mistakes that people make, and ways that you can avoid making them yourself.
Packing Mistake #1: Waiting Until The Last Minute
While pulling an all-nighter before an exam may have helped you ace Biology 101 in college, pulling an all-nighter to pack the night before your move is never a good idea. It’ll leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and will likely cause you to make some of the other mistakes on this list.
Instead, create a list of everything you need to do before moving day several weeks in advance. Then, schedule your packing out over multiple days (or weeks, depending on the size of your move). That way you’re only packing a little bit at a time, and before you know it you’ll be done! Remember that the earlier you start, the less stressful the process will be.
Packing Mistake #2: Not Getting Rid of Stuff
Packing things that you don’t need or want anymore is a huge waste of time, space, and energy. It also makes unpacking more stressful once you move into your new spot.
While you’re packing, keep two separate boxes around — one for things you want to donate, and another for things you want to throw away (or recycle). Moving is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of everything in your home that no longer serves a purpose, including old, outdated clothes and anything that you’ve never used but “might need someday”.
Packing Mistake #3: Packing Dusty/Dirty Items
You may be tempted to just throw everything into a box as-is, but taking the time to at least wipe everything off beforehand will make unpacking much easier once you’re moved in. Trust us, the last thing you’ll want to do after a move is more cleaning!
Packing Mistake #4: Not Labeling Your Boxes
To help with the unpacking process, it’s crucial that you not only categorize your belongings before packing them, but that you properly label the boxes on ALL sides with which room it belongs in as well as what kind of items are inside. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to search through five boxes just to find your dishes on your first night in your new home.
Packing Mistake #5: Skimping on the Bubble Wrap
It’s important to use plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper when packing breakable items. Wrap each item carefully and place bubble wrap, packing paper, or even a blanket or pillow at both the bottom and the top of the packed box. This will protect your more fragile belongings from being crushed by the weight of other boxes in the moving truck. Also, be sure to write “fragile” on all sides of boxes containing delicate items.
Packing Mistake #6: Forgetting to Pack an Overnight Bag
Unpacking everything could take a while, so you’ll thank yourself later if you pack a suitcase full of everything you’ll need for your first few days in your new home. Just pretend you’re going on a trip and pack clothes, toiletries, chargers, etc. so you don’t have to go rummaging through boxes to find your essentials.
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