How to Pack for a Move?

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How to Pack for a Move

Are you looking for how you can pack for a move? Packing is certainly one of the toughest tasks related to moving. The prospect usually seems so difficult that people postpone it until the final minute but as early as you can is always the best method to reduce stress.

If packing has become an issue for you, we’ve compiled tips to help you handle your packing for a move. You must make sure you get it right!

Packing Tips for Moving

This section will reveal how to make packing and moving an easy task. We have divided the packing process to make it more practicable for you.

  1. Gather Packing Supplies

You will need many boxes to help move your goods to your new home. Gather different sizes you will need and ensure that they are strong moving boxes. If performing a DIY move, consider gathering these materials to help:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Heavy-duty packaging tape
  • Labels
  • Cardboard storage boxes and Crates

If you decide to use old boxes, make sure they are sturdy enough to contain your items and clean. You want to make sure you have enough space in the box and also have enough quantity.

Gather all your packing supplies as soon as possible to lower your stress while on this moving period and get rid of extra trips scouting for an additional box or two.

  1. Declutter Before You Move Out

Begin to check your household goods at a minimum of two weeks in advance of your move if possible. Taking it one room at a time. Begin with big stuff you don’t plan to move, such as heavy furniture items, heavy tires, and all those hazardous chemicals.

Contact a dumpster rental company or transport service to dispose of such items as these. Sort out the rest of your stuff into three different categories:

  • sell,
  • donate, and
  • dispose of.

Sell items that are in good shape at a yard sale or online. Donate items that are in good shape but won’t sell, and dispose of any item that’s junk.

  1. Pack Up Each Item You Haven’t Used For Years And Sell

Most people can see this as the most difficult part of the whole moving process – bidding farewell to their items. But, if you have a pair of shoes you haven’t worn in the past 12 months, are you going to wear them?

Pack those shoes and sell them off to make money. A big move is one great chance to dispose of those items you never use while making some additional cash. Try to sell on LetGo, Craigslist, or pack the items in boxes and deliver them to your nearest thrift store.

  1. Organize Your Entire Items Into Certain Categories

This step is so simple. Pack kitchen supplies together with kitchen supplies. Pack cleaning supplies with their corresponding supplies. Pack books together. Continue like that.

When you begin to mix and match your items, you will soon encounter challenges after the move. While throwing all that you own into a moving box can be easier and faster, unpacking, however, will be more difficult.

Your future self will so much appreciate your old self if you make sure your packing is thoughtfully done.

  1. Make A ‘Don’t Pack’ Area

There will be some belongings you don’t want to be packed or loaded into the vehicle. Consider very essential items that hold great significance or sentimental value to you, like family photos, jewelry, or financial documents.

Also, professional movers don’t move some items that are considered perishable or hazardous. Mark an area (possible a closet or a certain room) to hold items you will want to move with you. Ensure that the people helping you to move (friends or pro movers), knows “not to pack or load items” in that zone.

  1. Labeling Your Boxes

Ensure your items are well-labeled with the room they are going to when you reach the new home and if the items inside are fragile or not, and which way the items are to help.

Make sure you are specific with your markings so you don’t have to go through multiple boxes labeled “bathroom” to locate your toiletries. You could even list out the contents if you wish.

It is necessary to indicate on the box whether there are hazardous items in the box, such as chemicals, knives, or any other items that need careful handling.

  1. Take Care Of Every Little Detail

There are many little things that people often overlook during packing in preparation for a big move. For instance, don’t buy any groceries for a week or so before your moving. If so, you will be disposing of a lot of food that won’t make it through the trip.

Also, don’t forget to defrost your refrigerator a few days before you move out. Don’t forget to pack all your toiletries in zip bags, so you don’t have to unpack your entire goods and discover your shampoo has spilled.   

  1. Pack Essentials Separately

Think of the items you will need to use in the first week or so after you relocate, and pack them in their separate boxes. For example, you might need toilet paper, hand soap, shower curtain, towels, and related items for easy access. You want to avoid scattering boxes to find any item you urgently need before you start to unpack.

  1. Hire Professional Movers

This is a costly service but if your schedule is tight and can pay for it, contact professional movers. A lot of moving companies offer full-service options. Moving companies will pack up all your items so you don’t have to tackle them yourself.

One of the advantages of hiring professional moving companies is that they can perform a quick job.


Packing doesn’t necessarily have to be stressful. With just small planning and advance thoughts, you can begin your move on a good note. If you choose not to pack for a move by yourself, some professional moving companies offer packing services.

Arik J.

Arik J.

Arik has been writing about the moving industry for more than 12 years and knows exactly how to make moving easy.

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