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How to pack so you'll know where everything goes

By Jeremy
February 27th, 2012 - 10:59 AM

The key to an easy move is organization.  If you start out organized, it’s more likely that you’ll end organized.  And if you’ve ever moved before, you know ending feeling organized is a task in itself!  

The best thing you can do before you start the packing process is start early and de-clutter.  Don’t move what you don’t need.  Trust me; you’ll save energy and money in the long run.

Once you’re organized, get all of the packing supplies you’ll need so they will be handy as you pack: moving boxes, heavy-duty tape, packing paper, moving blankets, permanent markers, colored labels, etc.  Now that you’re ready to get started here are a few simple tips to help you learn how to pack so you’ll know where everything goes:

  • Pack each room individually.  Avoid compiling items from multiple rooms into the same boxes; this causes confusion when you go to unpack in your new home.
  • Pack breakable items into separate boxes, properly marked as fragile.  Use plenty of packing paper and padding for these items.
  • Keep a record of what you pack as you go.  If you’re a spreadsheet person, this is for you!  Make an inventory so you’ll know what you’ve packed where and what you’ve got left to do.
  • Use labels. Even go as far as giving each room a specific color and then properly label each box with the room and its contents.  When you arrive to your new home, place the color labels on the entrance to each room so you (or your movers) will know where to put the boxes.

Giving yourself plenty of time to pack in an structured manner is the key to a successful move. Start early, and get organized.

Happy moving!