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Packing Secrets

Tips and hacks that make packing all that easier

  1. You should start the packing process 3 to 4 weeks before your move or as soon as possible.
  2. When you begin the packing, start from the items you least use, such as books, seasonal clothing or sports equipment, and other similar belongings.
  3. If you are moving in the summer, make sure to bag the items that are temperature­sensitive: soaps, candles etc.
  4. Take the extra time to rid yourself of clutter items you no longer use.
  5. Make sure to use quality cardboard boxes ­ smaller ones for heavier things and larger ones for heavier belongings. And no over­packing!
  6. Always acquire extra packing supplies ­ you never know what you might need.
  7. Lay your books flat in their box, alternating bindings so they stack evenly.
  8. Stay organized ­ pack room by room and label the boxes accordingly.
  9. Prepare an essentials box for yourself ­ medication, personal hygiene, pillow etc.
  10. Make copies of important documents such as wills, contracts, and passports.
  11. During disassembly of larger belongings, make sure to put all nuts and bolts into clearly labeled small bags.
  12. Make sure to empty out your dressers and furniture before moving it.
  13. Comprise an inventory list of items and write down serial numbers for all electronics.
  14. Frozen foods, produce, plants and other perishables should be transported by you.
  15. Soaps, sprays, polishes, and medicine should not be placed in the same box as food.
  16. Heavy items should not be packed with dishware.

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Plan out your packing process

1. Determine which boxes will be needed:

  • Small Box: ■ Files, books, picture frames and other similar belongings
  • Medium Box: ■ Shoes, clothing, linens, and small kitchen appliances
  • Large Box: ■ Blankets, pillows, towels, toys, and pots/pans
  • Dish Pack Box: ■ Ideal for breakables such as plates, glassware, vases, serving trays…


2. Get organized:

  • Label boxes as you pack
  • Create your own inventory list of important items inside each box. This will help keep track of your boxes in the event that one is misplaced or lost.
  • Use your personal inventory list as a reference guide when unpacking

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