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How to Pack: Effectively organize items in boxes

It is important to organize items when packing.

It is important to organize items when packing.

While getting all the items you own from one place to another is the most important aspect of a packing strategy, it is important to keep in mind that the unpacking process shouldn't be completely crazy. By organizing packed items, you should have a much easier time afterward when you want to set up your new home.

It is important to keep boxes as homogeneous as possible. This can vary from person to person, but a general rule of thumb may work a couple of ways. Do you want items that will be in the same room to be packed together, or do you want items that are the same to be packed in the same boxes?

In reality, you can have it both ways. Just keep in mind that the more items that are the same will be easier to read later on. Seeing a paragraph you wrote on a box because everything is mixed together may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it could make you frustrated later.

When it comes to items like pots, pans and silverware, you may have more luck putting them all in the same boxes. As long as this box is labeled as items for the kitchen, there will no confusion where it goes after the moving company arrives. Plates may have to be packed on their own due to their fragility. Non-perishable foods such as canned goods may be able to be packed with other kitchen items, as they are going to the same spot.

Items that were in each of your previous home's bedrooms can be packed together. This means that your electronics, books and other room items can be easily brought to their new destination, and you won't need to search for cables or accessories. Clothes could be done either way, but keeping them all together may make it easier to transport, especially if you plan a wide-scale test of the new washing machine and dryer at the new home.

You should be able to accomplish this with the remainder of the rooms with ease. Just keep in mind that having a structured plan will likely pay off more in the end than just aimlessly packing for speed.