PACKING TIPS: 8 tips for packing boxes efficiently
Are you about to start packing up for a big move, or to put thing into storage? This can be very overwhelming indeed. Where should you start? In this post, I’ll show you eight great tips on how to get your packing done right.
What do the packing pros have to say?
When you read through advice from the pros, there are three key takeaways.
- Prevent damage to your fragile stuff
- Reduce stress before you start
- Come up with a plan to make your packing much easier
Packing tip #1 – Get rid of some things
Eliminate as much stuff as you can. This means take out the garbage and take your can with you as you go through your things. Also, bring a “donation box” with you for those things of value that you don’t ever use. There is always someone out there in need of one. The point is, don’t find yourself unpacking something you’ll only keep in the closet forever, again. And, why pay someone to move it or storage space to store it?
Packing tip #2 – Plan and stock up
Assess how many things must be packed before you begin. Then, buy your packing supplies accordingly. The supplies include boxes, paper to crumble, bubble wrap, tape, scissors and big markers to label your boxes.
Packing tip #3 – Be frugal
Before you buy, look for free supplies. They’re readily available. Start with nextdoor.com and craiglist.com. There, do a simple search and be amazed how many free packing supplies you can find. Get some free boxes and used bubble wrap, to start with, since they are very reusable.
Check your local shopping centers. They always have boxes they recycle. Giving them to you is considered recycling, right?
Packing tip #4 – Organize your boxes
Mixing different types of things makes unpacking miserable at best. So, don’t do that to your future self, or your descendants, if that’s how long your stuff will remain packed up. Keep all of your similar items together, and don’t put unrelated thing in the same box, unless your completely done and you’rer filling a leftover box. Just make sure you carefully label that leftover box, so you know what’s inside.
Packing tip #5 – Organize your items
Now that your boxes are organized, labeled and ready, it’s time to organize your stuff before you start packing it all up. Always sort your things by categories and sub-categories. As an example, “kitchen items” would be considered as a category and “dishes” would be a sub-category. When it’s time to unpack, this nice organization will make it so much easier.
Packing tip #6 – Pick your box sizes ahead of time
Use smaller boxes for heavy items and big boxes for linens and other light-weight items. Also, think about how many things will be in each category. That way, you can be sure to accommodate each volume correctly.
Packing tip #7 – Put your heavier items at the bottom of the box
Always pack heavier things at the bottom of each box – it makes carrying each box more stable. Also, when packing heavy items into larger boxes, be sure to fill the rest of the space with light-weight items. You don’t want to strain your back and possibly cause an injury. It’s not worth it.
Packing tip #8 – Always use proper posture
Never bend over to pick up a box – not even a small one, since the small ones have the heavier items inside of them. Always squat down, using your legs to lower and raise yourself. Keep your back straight at all times. Then, walk carefully and make sure you’ve looked at everything in your path before proceeding.
Now that you’ve read through these effective packing tips, be sure to print and take this list with you. You don’t want to make a mistake that can cause frustration, unnecessary expense, or even injury. Unpacking should be a breeze if you pack correctly to begin with. Then, after you unpack everything, be sure to tell your past-self “thank you” for being so considerate.