Netflix’s new show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is proving incredibly popular. Exploiting the time of the year when people are more prone to carry out big clear outs as well as the minimalist trend, the show brings up to a few key factors that may contribute to the seemingly constant untidiness of our houses. One of them is how bad we are organising house moves.
Whether you are moving to a new home or a new office, the whole process will be easier if you know the best way to pack boxes for moving.
It might sound like a simple thing, but if you just put things in your moving boxes without planning, you will run into problems. Planning ahead and knowing how to pack boxes efficiently means your things will arrive safely, your boxes will be easier to manage, and your unpacking will go faster.
Three key tips for packing your boxes for moving will make your whole move easier: first, start packing early; second, plan the best mix of items for each moving box; third, label every box.
Doing these three things means you are not tossing things in boxes under pressure, trying to lift too much or starting off in your new location in chaos and confusion. Instead of stocking up on cardboard boxes you will only use once (and most likely throw in a corner and never organise), renting crates for the move can also be a good incentive to organise everything in a timely manner.
As soon as you know for certain you are moving, get some boxes for moving and start packing things you definitely won’t need before the move. Right now, if you know you are moving in 2019, you can pack your Christmas decorations for the move. If you are certain you’ll move in the next four to six months, you can pack up your summer clothes, beach gear, the children’s summer toys, camping equipment and the like. The less you have to do closer to the move, the less stressful the process will be.
How you pack each of your boxes for moving matters. Remember, someone has to lift those boxes and carry them! Don’t load a box full of books, for example. Instead, spread your books between several boxes and then finish filling those boxes with things that are light but not fragile. You can keep your fragile things safer by wrapping them carefully and then putting them in a moving box you have lined with towels or bedding for extra protection. The most important thing is to make sure each box is comfortable to lift. A back injury is the last thing you need in the middle of a move!
All those boxes for moving look the same once they are closed. Make your life easier by labelling them clearly. The handiest thing is to write in big letters on the label what room the things go in. That way you can just bring the boxes directly to the proper rooms. It also helps to add some detail to the label. For example, you might mark a box ‘Kitchen’ and then add in smaller letters ‘mugs and tea towels’. That way, when you are looking for something you can find it quickly without opening half a dozen other boxes.
Moving is always a bit stressful – it’s nearly impossible to avoid that, KonMari method applied beforehand or not! But when you have your boxes for moving packed correctly, in advance and well labelled, you can take a lot of the hassle and frustration out of the process. If you’re moving soon, check BUSKA’s flexible options for renting moving boxes and find out what works best for your move.