Are you moving soon? It’s never too early to start packing! You may think that packing to move is as simple as buying moving boxes and hitting the road. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In order to have a seamless and simple move, you must master the art of packing boxes. You may be thinking, “How hard is it to pack a box?” – Trust us, there’s definitely a right and wrong way to pack a box. Take a look at our step-by-step process of properly packing your belongings below! You’ll thank us on moving day.
Now that you know how to successfully pack up your home, it’s time to start from the basics.
1. Similar Size & Weight
As you start to gather your belongings, try and be strategic with what you handle at a time. Start by reviewing all of the items that will be making the move from each room. Gather items that are similar is size and weight. This will help you identify which boxes should be moved with more care than others.
2. Prepping the Box
Before you put anything into the boxes, pour a layer of packing peanuts at the bottom of your moving boxes. For delicate items, like glassware or dishes, wrap each item, individually, with bubble wrap or packing paper.
You should also consider wrapping lighter items that will be in the same box in paper depending on how fragile they are. Take into account the drop test. If you were to drop the item, would it break? If so, it needs to be wrapped.
3. Placing Items In The Box
Now that all of your belongings are properly wrapped, it’s time to get them in the box. ALWAYS start with the heaviest items. Start by assessing the items that are the heaviest and place them towards the bottom of the box. Go from heavy to light as you get further to the top of the box. This will ensure that the bottoms at the bottom of the box are not under pressure from heavier items, making them less susceptible to damage.
4. Secure All Items
Now that you have all of your similar items properly stacked in your box, now you want to secure them. Using packing peanuts or crumpled paper, fill in any empty spaces. This will ensure that items in the box stay put throughout lifting, moving, driving, and any other form of movement.
5. Seal Your Moving Box
Before you secure your moving box shut, make sure that the box does not weigh more than 30 pounds. Your box should be easy to lift. It should also be able to withstand under the pressure of other boxes during your move.
If your box weighs 30 pounds or less, seal it closed with some packing tape.
6. Label Your Box
After your box is sealed tight, it is important that you label it. By adding a simple phrase such as, “Pots & Pans” or “Kitchen Supplies”, it will be extremely easy to unpack. Unlabeled boxes lead to a more stressful move, making it less exciting to get into your new space.
Before you head out to the store to pick up boxes, take a look at our moving supplies buying guide to ensure that your moving boxes are right for your belongings. We hope that this packing guide will help you have a safer, faster, and easier move.