If you are planning to move in the near future, this is undoubtedly an immensely exciting time. It’s a big decision which shouldn’t be taken lightly, and you will now be faced with the seemingly daunting task of packing your items and making sure they are all appropriately packed. But packing doesn’t have to be so nerve-wracking, as any packing expert will tell you. With the right know-how and materials, packing your items can be a breeze and done in no time. To make it easier, here are some highly-useful tips from the experts on packing and labelling properly for your move.
Tips on labelling
You already know that you need sturdy boxes for your items and other materials such as packing paper, bubble wrap and packs, packing tape, packing peanuts, and more. But you also need the proper labels and markers for your boxes to avoid confusion and lost boxes on moving day. That said, make sure to use a broad marker with a felt tip for labelling your boxes, and clearly write down your name, the name of the room where the box should go, and the box’s contents. If there are fragile items in the box, don’t forget to mark the box as ‘Fragile’ including the phrase ‘This side up’ whenever necessary.
General tips on packing and labelling
- When you begin packing, start with items which are out of season, as recommended by a renowned removal company Cheltenham For example, if you’re moving in the summer, pack your winter clothes and items first. Afterwards, move on to things which you don’t regularly use, such as various kitchen or bedroom items.
- You don’t need to pack items in drawers in boxes; you can keep them in the drawers and simply tape the drawers shut as long as the things will not break or spill (or damage or break other items in the drawer) during transport. For instance, if you have a clothes wardrobe, you can keep the clothing inside as long as the wardrobe drawers are secured.
- You should do your best to pack items of a similar nature together, such as curtain rods, bolts for mirrors, and other hardware items. Keep these things in plastic bags and tie or tape them to the piece of furniture or article where they belong.
- To keep electrical wires and cords protected, wind them and fasten them together so no piece dangles.
- For delicate items such as crystal, china, and more, use paper towels, tissue paper, or facial tissue to wrap them up. If you have tiny delicate items which need to be wrapped, wrap them in coloured paper so they will not become misplaced or lost.
- If you are going to use newspapers, just use them as cushioning. The newspaper ink may rub off on your items.
- For enhanced cushioning for your boxes, place two to three sheets of packing paper (wadded up or crushed) at the bottom of the moving box.
- It’s best to put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box and the lightest items at the top.
- If you are filling a box with layers, make sure to fill the spaces or voids with crushed or wadded up paper. Use more paper to build a base for another layer; alternatively, you can use cardboard sheets which have been cut up as dividers for each layer.