One of the most challenging parts of the move is packing. Just thinking about where to start will already give you a headache. You can choose to hire professional packers to do this job, but if you decide to pack your belongings on your own to save extra dollars, then you surely needed to know how to make this efficient, safe and cost-effective.
When you pack, you need to always think about how you can save space. Keep in mind that the fewer items you move, the less your moving cost will be. So here are some valuable packing tips to help you save space on your upcoming move.
1. Declutter before packing
Whether you are moving long-distance or just within the city, there’s no point in bringing items that you no longer use or need. So, the first thing you need to do before you start packing is to get rid of that unneeded stuff. Go through every room of your home and decide what items you want to bring to your new home and what items to get rid of. Do this as early as possible so you can decide well the fate of those items you no longer want. You can organize a garage sale to sell off those items or you can donate some of those to local charities.
Another important reason why you need to declutter as early as possible is for you to determine early what are items you will move before requesting quotes from moving companies. This will help you get more accurate moving quotes.
2. Pack using things you already have
When packing, you obviously need packing materials like moving boxes, bubble wraps, packing foams, etc. But don’t you know you can save space and money by using items that you already have in your home. You can use clothing materials like towels, table cloths, even shirts and socks, for the protection of your fragile items. Suitcases, backpacks, drawers, buckets, baskets and even trash bins can be used as moving containers. You will still end up bringing these items, so why not utilize these as packing materials. You save space in your moving truck, and you save money from buying packing materials.
3. Use nesting technique when packing
To save space and minimize the number of packing containers you will need, one of the most helpful tips is to use the nesting packing technique. Ever seen a Russian doll? That’s how you should pack your items, by nesting inside one another. When packing pots and pans, start with the biggest one, then stack the next smaller size down and so on. The same goes when packing bags, you can place the smaller ones inside the big ones, so they take less space.
4. Use vacuum-sealed bags
This tip works like magic. Using vacuum sealed bags can significantly help reduce the volume of items you need to move. This is most ideal when packing clothes, linens, pillows and stuff toys. You just need to fill in the vacuum-sealed bags with your folded clothing. The bag has a valve where you can then attach your vacuum nozzle to suck out the air and seal the bag. After that, you can just place your sealed bags in a moving box.
5. Use small to medium boxes
It is easier to stack and handle small to medium boxes than the larger ones, therefore it’s most ideal to use them. Only use large boxes to pack lighter items. Heavy items are the best to pack in smaller boxes so you don’t put too much weight on the box.
6. Dismantle your furniture
Whether you are hiring movers or moving on your own, remember to dismantle pieces of furniture that can be dismantled. This will make it easier to move and it will take up lesser space in the moving truck. Be sure to take photos of the furniture and label the parts so you know where it goes once you need to fit them back together.
Moving home is costly, whether you hire movers or not. Having the knowledge on how to effectively save space when packing for your move will help you lower down the cost of moving and it will make it a lot easier.