7 Ways to Make Packing for your New Home Easier

Packing up all of your belongings is easily one of the most challenging and stressful parts of moving to a new home. Recently, Realtor.com published a list of 7 helpful tips to make packing for your new home easier:

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1. Don’t Procrastinate

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Because you have an entire house to pack! When you first get ready to pack, it can seem like an insurmountable task. Realtor.com recommends starting to pack a few boxes each day several weeks before the move, starting with objects that aren’t used on a daily basis.

2. Pack Room-by-Room

Focus on one room at a time, and make sure to avoid boxing items from different rooms together. This will not only make it easier to unpack in your new home, but will make it easier to locate items if you need them prior to moving.

3. Label Boxes Clearly

Writing general descriptions of a box’s contents on the top and sides will save you a lot of time, and help you identify where things should go at-a-glance.

4. Stay Clean

Newspaper may seem like a cheap and convenient way to wrap your belongings, but the ink could bleed onto items, staining them permanently. Realtor.com recommends using white packing paper, which can be purchased at most home and hardware stores.

5. Use Boxes Designed for Moving

Getting boxes that stores throw away could actually end up costing you more money than you save. These boxes have already survived multiple shipments, and are often dirty and not as durable as they may seem. Realtor.com suggests purchasing new boxes of similar size, to make loading and transporting easier.

6. Know What you Can’t Pack

If you’re transporting items long distance, you should know which items are dangerous or illegal to ship. Some common household items that cannot be shipped includes lighter fluid, bleach or ammonia-based cleansers, and cans of paint. Realtor.com has an article featuring a detailed list of what not to pack.

7. Don’t Box up Everything

While it may seem tempting to put everything into boxes, important items like family heirlooms, important documents, and valuables should be moved separately to prevent being damaged or misplaced.

By Linda Moore

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