When preparing to move into a new place, you will have to spend a significant amount of time packing boxes full of your belongings. While it may be tempting to rush this process, if you pack your boxes incorrectly, you risk damaging valuable items during transport and creating more headaches for yourself. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve your packing and make move-in day as efficient as possible. By avoiding the following six mistakes, you can begin packing boxes like a seasoned mover.
Failing to Assess Your Needs
Before you even begin packing boxes, you must ensure you have the right sizes and right amount of boxes for your belongings. If you fail to have enough boxes, you will find yourself cramming too much into each box, or placing too much weight in one box.
Failing to Get Rid of Things
No matter how long you have lived in your current residence, there is always stuff you can get rid of. Organizing your belongings, and tossing the items you no longer want or need, is an excellent way to make packing boxes much more manageable. As you pack up each room, gather things you don’t need anymore and separate them into three groups: donate, recycle, and throw away. This can take a little more time before your move, but you will be glad you did it when it comes time to unpack.
Incorrectly Setting Up Boxes
Packing boxes for your move won’t help you at all if the boxes are not constructed correctly. If the box is not tightly secured with tape, you risk having your boxes fall apart.
Not Wrapping Items Before Packing
Do not try to cut corners when packing boxes for your move. You must carefully wrap your fragile and sharp objects, or these items may break or cause damage to other items during transport. You can be creative with how you package your items: plastic wrap, air-filled plastic padding, or even household items like towels and linens can all provide the protection you need.
Not Effectively Sealing Liquids
The last thing you want on move-in day is to open up a box and see a liquid container has leaked over everything. You can avoid this by triple-sealing liquids. To do this, unscrew the top of the bottle and put plastic wrap over the opening, then tightly screw the lid back on and secure another layer of plastic around the outside.
Failing to Label Boxes
Packing your boxes and failing to label them can create a major nuisance for you during move-in day. You should label each box for which room the items belong to, and whether it contains fragile items.
By sidestepping these mistakes, packing boxes for your new move can be an easy and stress-free process.
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