Most people dread the idea of moving house. It is not the thought of all the physical labours involved that gives them the jitters. Oh no, what really scares people is all the mental stress and the possibility of things going wrong. And let’s face it, something or the other always seems to go wrong while moving house. But you can make the situation less stressful by being more in control of how you do things. For instance, packing is a major part of moving house. And when packing is done right, the entire move can turn out to be one smooth, hassle-free experience. So exactly can you do packing the right way? Well, just knowing what to pack first is half-won the battle. When you know exactly what to pack first and which things to leave for later, you will avoid wasting time in packing, and then later in unpacking boxes to find things. If you’re not really sure about which things to pack first, read on the following local home moving suggestions from MetroMovers to get a good idea.
1. Pack Your Offseason Clothing
If you’re moving during the summer, then it’s safe to assume that you won’t wear your winter clothes anytime soon. Pack them up, along with any other clothes that you think you won’t wear in the near future.
2. Empty Drawers and Cupboards
Pack up the things found in drawers and cupboards. These are mostly things that we don’t use on a regular basis and so can be packed up. Just make sure you keep some spare pens, markers, and other things that you might need later handy.
3. Pack Up the Kitchen
Your kitchen should be one of the first areas to be packed up. While you can keep using some of the basic kitchen gadgets such as the microwave oven, the coffee machine, and the toaster, fancy and/or less-often used things need to be packed up. From your cast-iron skillet to your waffle maker and fancy china dishes, pack it all and put it away, ready to be transported on the moving day.
4. Clean Out Your Pantry
Take inventory of your pantry. Pack up things that you can move (canned foods, sealed packets) and try to use up the rest of the items that can’t be packed. You can give away food to friends or even help out charities by donating it to them. Clearing out your pantry can be a time-consuming job, especially if you’re someone who loves to cook and so have a fully stocked pantry.
5. Pack Up Electronic Gadgets
Pack up your printer, paper shredder and other such bulky items. Take care while packing these as they need to be well-packed to reach their destination without any damage. It’s best if you can pack them up in the original boxes that they came in (complete with those thermocol pieces to keep them in place and act as buffers). Be sure to seal both the top and bottom of the boxes with tape. Better safe than sorry, right?
6. Clean Out Your Refrigerator
A week before the scheduled move, your refrigerator needs to be cleaned out. Start using up all the food in it to avoid wastage. Once you’ve emptied the refrigerator, unplug it and clean it thoroughly, getting it ready for the move.
7. Pack Up the Things in The Garage
Most people have a lot of junk stored in their garage. Going through them and sorting out which things to keep and what to discard can take a while. Tackle this task on a weekend, taking your time going through the things. Throw or give away things that you do not need and pack up the rest.
8. Pack Your Footwear
This might seem like a small chore, but footwear needs to be packed properly. You will need a couples of boxes to pack your shoes without squishing them. If possible, use individual shoe boxes for each pair and then stack those up in a big cardboard box, to be moved.
9. Consider Storage
If you’re moving to a new state and can’t take all your stuff at once, you need to figure out alternatives. Find storage options for items that need to be kept until further arrangements can be made. Remember that long-term storage can work out to be quite expensive, so the smart thing to do is to get rid of things such as furniture. You can always sell them through one of the online selling places and replace them with new ones. It could work out to be much cheaper doing that than putting your furniture in storage or having them transported to your new house. Figure out the logistics and opt for the most cost-effective option. Another point to consider is the space in the new house. Will your big dining table fit in the new place or should you sell it and buy a smaller one? Is your king-size bed okay for your new bedroom or should you consider downsizing to a queen-size? Consider these factors and make a decision.
10. Dismantle Furniture
A few days before the move, dismantle furniture and get them ready to be moved. Then, your washing machine needs to disconnected as well (you might need to hire a plumber for this). Store all the nuts and bolts from the furniture in a separate box labelled “Nuts and bolts’’, put them in Ziploc bags and label each bag so you know which piece of furniture it belongs to.
Once you’ve packed up all the above listed things, your packing is almost done. The remaining items can be packed a day or two before the moving date. Doing this will help you make your move in an organized fashion, keeping your stress levels down.
Note: It is a good idea to have the movers pay you a visit a few days before the move. This will help them gain a better idea of how much time it will take to move all your things, and how many people they will need to make the move efficiently. So consider giving your moving company a call and having them come and take a look.