Moving is a stressful process for everyone involved; from finding the right place or taking the risk to shift into a house or apartment in a different city to settling into a new place, it’s daunting through and through.

One of the most stressful parts about moving is having to pack. It’s exhausting and overwhelming to take everything you own that’s valuable to you and putting it in cardboard boxes and taking it to a new space.

You can hope and pray that nothing goes wrong during the move and all your favorite things remain intact—or you can take concrete measures to protect your belongings while packing.

The Best Tips and Tricks for Packing

The best way to pack successfully is to stay calm and organize your tasks so as not to overwhelm yourself. Purchase or rent whatever packing materials you need, get a few helping hands if possible and designate tasks for a smooth process.

Some essentials that you need are:

  • Cardboard and storage boxes
  • Bubble wrap, packing peanuts
  • Tapes for packing and labeling
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Newspapers

Once you have these supplies together, follow these steps:

1. Clean out things you don’t need

This is the best time to reevaluate all the things you’re holding on to that you don’t need. Donate, sell, and trash whatever is of no use to you keep only the things that mean something or serve a purpose. From clothes to old books, knick-knacks and even pantry items—there’s probably a lot that you’re holding on to.

folding and packing clothes

2. Separate essentials from things that you’ll pack

Keep a small bag or suitcase of items that you’ll need after your move. Think of clothing, underwear, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and paperwork and medication. Basically, anything you’ll need quick access to.

3. Put heavier items in smaller boxes

It may sound counter intuitive but it’s best to load lighter, smaller items in bigger boxes. Use the padding you’ve bought and use clothes and towels to wrap, line boxes and separate items from one another. Make use of spaces in drawers, dressers and other compartments to save up on storage.

packed cartons before moving

4. Keep delicate and fragile items on top and in separate boxes if possible

For items that are incredibly fragile, be generous with the cushioning and space, using smaller boxes to separate items from each other. It’s better to use more space than to cause damage to china, crystals, heirlooms or anything else that you value.

Packing can be tough but being organized makes all the difference in the world. If you’re in need of residential moving services Kent, WA or local movers who will help with part of the process such as packing, loading and unloading, you can reach out to us.