The time leading up to a move can be stressful, and the thought of packing all of your belongings can be overwhelming. You may not even know where to begin! Follow these packing tips to move efficiently and make sure everything is easy to find when you reach your destination!
Start with what you don’t need
At least six weeks prior to your move date, start gathering materials and packing things you don’t use frequently, such as items currently in storage bins around your home and books. Label these boxes clearly so you know what is inside when you reach your destination. Go around your home and pack nonessential items from each room as you get closer to the moving date.
Color Code by Room
You’ll want to keep your boxes organized to make unpacking less of a production. In addition to keeping itemized lists of what is in each box, label each room’s contents with a different colored marker to make unloading the truck easier. While you’re packing, make sure you lift the boxes to check their weight. Overfilled boxes may buckle and tear, damaging the contents, and can even cause injury if not lifted properly. Your movers may not be able to lift your heavy boxes due to liability issues. Purchasing packing materials may seem unnecessary and like an added expense, but brand-new boxes will have the strength and reinforcement for heavier loads, such as books.
Pack a Box of Essentials
You’re going to want to keep essentials out until the very last moment. Pack your essentials and several days’ worth of clothing in an easily accessible go-box. In addition to clothes, this box should contain important paperwork, medications, a few books and some nonperishable food items to get you through the first few days of unpacking.
Reserve a Virtual Storage Unit
Are you moving to a smaller space, or have things you don’t need cluttering up the storage you do have? One month before your moving date, contact OnDemand Storage about reserving a unit. We offer storage solutions for students, homeowners, and renters across Massachusetts. Prior to your moving date, our team will come to your home and bring your belongings to our climate-controlled storage facilities. When you’re ready to get them back, you can file a request in our online app and they will be brought back to you the next day. You can even view your items online! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.