If you have ever moved, you would know that it can be one of the most stressful times of your life. If this is your first move, you should be prepared. No matter how prepared or organized you think you are, things will happen that can completely set you back or cause problems with the move. If you know a few tips and tricks when it comes to packing, it can save you a great deal of time and frustration. A few of these tips will also ensure that your belongings get to your new home in one piece without any damage.
When packing dishes, you want to make sure that the box that you are putting the dishes in will be strong enough to hold the dishes. You also want to make sure that you don’t pack too many dishes. This can make the boxes difficult to pick up and there is more of a chance that it will get dropped. Before you start packing your dishes, you should tape up the bottom of the box. This will keep the bottom from dropping out. Next, you should wrap your dishes. You can either buy bubble wrap or your can wrap your dishes in newspaper. If you are going to use newspaper, you want to use the type with the shiny coat.
This type of paper won’t leave smudges on your dishes. If you use the typical newspaper, you will need to wash all of your dishes when you unpack. An even better way to pack dishes is to use the shirts that were in your bureau drawer. The shirts will keep the dishes from getting broken, and it will save you the time and space of packing up your shirts.The most important part of packing dishes is putting them in the box correctly. When most people pack their plates, they stack them on top of each other. This is a mistake. If the box gets dropped, all of the dishes can easily get broken due to the weight being put on the dishes. The best way to put the plates in the box is to stand them up as if you were putting them in a filing cabinet. If the box gets dropped, they will be less likely to get broken. You should do the same when you are packing your bowls.
Packing the Clothes in Your Closet
When many people pack up the clothes hanging in their closet, they will often take the clothes off of the hangers and pack them in a box or a bag. This is a mistake. When you do it this way, you would need to take the time to take each article of clothing off of the hanger, and then packing each one. When you unpack, the clothes will likely be wrinkled. Therefore, you would need to iron your clothes and then put them back on their hangers.
If you don’t want to go through all of this trouble, you can take the clothes out of the closet and lay them on the bed. Next, get a large trash bag and put the bottom on the bag over the top of the hanger. As you pull it down, you can make a small hole for the hanger to pop through. The bag will keep your clothes from getting dirty during the move. Next, use a zip tie to keep all of the hangers together. When you unpack, you would simply need to remove the zip tie and bag and hang the clothes back up. It is a huge time saver.
Move Your Television Safely
Televisions today are more delicate than the old tube televisions. It is very easy to scratch the screen on a flat screen television, therefore, you need to protect them. Many people will go to the moving supply store and buy a TV box, which can cost up to $30. If you don’t want to spend the extra money, you should have all of the items that you need to make your own television box. You should start by wrapping the televisions in blankets. Not only will they protect your televisions, it is also a great way to get your blankets to your new home without needing to move extra bags.
After you have wrapped your televisions in the blankets, you should wrap bubble wrap around the entire television. Next, wrap one of your moving boxes that have not yet been assembled around the television and keep it closed with packing tape. This will keep your television from getting damaged. When you put your televisions in the truck, be sure not to lay them down. This can be damaging. You should make sure they are standing up between two other items.
Label Boxes on the Sides Not the Top
It is a good idea to label your boxes so you know which room each box will go in. Many people will tape up their boxes and label them on top. This is a mistake. If you have boxes stacked, you will need to take them all down to find out what is in each one. If you label them on the sides, you will easily be able to see what is inside each one.
Use Labeled Sandwich Bags
Often times during a move, you will need to take the furniture apart to get it from the old house to the new one. When you take things apart, it is important that you don’t lose the hardware. To keep this from happening, you should put the hardware for each piece of furniture in a sandwich bag and label it with the name of the piece of furniture that it goes with. Next, use packing tape to tape it to the furniture that it goes to. This will keep everything together and you don’t need to worry about forgetting what hardware goes to what piece of furniture.
Moving can be a chaotic hassle. If you want to make things a bit easier and save you time and aggravation, you should follow the tips listed above. When you get to your new home, you will be happy that you did.