Packing Tips

It’s said that moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do. Here’s a list of tips to help take that stress down a notch or two. 

TIME FLIES – THINK AHEAD. However long you think it’s going to take – it’ll take a minimum of twice as long. Take a bite out of packing every day, even if moving day seems oh so far away, and you won’t get stuck in the frantic spin cycle at the end. It’ll be easier to find things when you ultimately unpack at your destination. Things like labeling boxes and folding neatly go by the wayside when you’re rushing, and the only way to combat this is don’t put yourself in a position to rush. There will be plenty of last-minute stuff to do without making everything last minute. 


PARE DOWN. Maybe you’re feeling too emotional to let go of anything right now. But could there really be a better time? Every item you decide not to pack is space saved in the truck, and every bit of space saved is money saved. Plus, you get to start fresh on the other end, with new things to go with your new home! Organization expert Marie Kondo suggests starting with clothes, and gradually progressing to the items that hold the most sentimental power. No one’s suggesting you lose everything, but it’s likely you haven’t worn that seersucker pantsuit in a while… right? Might as well start there.  Go through things more than once, too, because after the first pass, the satisfaction may cause your grip to loosen. 


SOMETIMES, LABELS ARE GOOD. Obviously, you want to write what room a box goes in. But a complete inventory of the contents will only take you a second while you’re filling the box, and could save you literally hours when unpacking. And remember, “miscellaneous” is not a label. It may seem like a convenient cheat now, but it’s no help later, and later, you’re going to be needing the help. Trust us.


PUT ON YOUR TUNNEL VISION GLASSES.  What we mean is, focus on one thing at a time. Finish one room or one type of item – clothes, then books, for example – before moving on to the next. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of half-packed boxes, or worse, boxes full of the dreaded “miscellaneous.”


 As much as possible, use boxes of the same size and shape.  Group smaller boxes inside larger boxes when you can. Similar boxes stack best in the truck, creating an even wall that allows your packers to stack higher, saving you space.  We can provide new boxes as well as some recycled ones from previous moves, but it’s best not to reuse boxes in a mishmash of sizes as they’re hard to stack and tend to collapse.  They may be free, but truck space and mover time is more expensive than cardboard.