Pack Smarter To Make Moving Easier

Pack Smarter To Make Moving Easier

When making the enormous decision​ to​ move from one home to​ the next, many people don't realize that they have also signed up to​ make countless choices, big and​ small. Deciding on​ travel arrangements for​ you​ and​ your​ pets, transferring memberships, filling out IRS and​ post office forms, transporting your​ house and​ garden plants-the list is​ endless! May is​ National Moving Month and​ marks the beginning of​ a​ four-month period in​ which more than half of​ Americans relocate their homes.

With an​ estimated 40 million​ Americans moving homes last year and​ a​ comparable number expected to​ do the same this​ year, the number of​ people who will endure the chaos of​ moving is​ staggering. Luckily, with a​ little bit of​ preparation, packing doesn't have to​ be an​ overwhelming task. for​ those who would rather save the stress of​ last-minute packing-and​ can't justify hiring a​ moving service-the right tools and​ timing are essential.

"Many people procrastinate when it​ comes to​ packing before a​ big move because the task can seem unmanageable," says Vicki Norris, founder and​ president of​ Restoring Order, a​ professional organizing company, and​ author of​ "Restoring Order: Organizing Strategies to​ Reclaim your​ Life." "But packing can be very manageable if​ you​ have an​ organized plan and​ packing strategies."

Norris says the best way to​ start packing is​ to​ free yourself of​ the things you​ don't use by either donating or​ tossing them. Norris calls this​ lightening-up process pruning.

"Prune your​ belongings down to​ what is​ useful and​ adds meaning and​ value to​ your​ life," Norris advises. "Don't forget pruning the stuff in​ your​ garage and​ storage units." She also recommends going room by room to​ begin​ the decluttering process, combing through both living space and​ storage areas to​ eliminate broken, outgrown or​ abandoned items.

After pruning and​ before packing, assemble the proper packing tools: boxes, markers, newspaper, tissue, bubble wrap, scissors and​ a​ measuring tape. Another practical and​ inexpensive packing tool is​ Glad ForceFlex trash bags, which feature a​ diamond texture that stretches around objects to​ help prevent rips and​ tears, allowing you​ to​ fill up, stretch and​ stuff it​ with just about anything. Use these trash bags to​ contain​ children's toys for​ holiday charity drives, baby clothes to​ pass on​ to​ a​ pregnant friend, or​ bulky old coats taking up space in​ your​ closets. Simply label bags with a​ marker and​ masking tape to​ identify the contents.

Norris offers some additional strategies for​ smart packing:

• Develop a​ move plan. Sketch a​ simple floor plan of​ the destination​ home and​ identify how each room will be used. Landing your​ boxes in​ the correct room will be easier if​ you've taken the time to​ "purpose" the spaces in​ your​ future home and​ label boxes accordingly.

• Set a​ timeline. Schedule all the important dates, such as​ real estate transaction​ dates, necessary home repairs, packing dates, final cleaning and​ the moving truck's arrival. your​ calendar will help you​ stay on​ top of​ your​ move instead of​ feeling overwhelmed.

• Determine what goes first. The items used least frequently can be stowed during the sale and​ move process to​ make your​ current home visually lighter for​ showing.

• Pack according to​ your​ destination​ rooms, not according to​ where things are kept in​ your​ current home. this​ will result in​ a​ smoother unpacking experience.

• Use Glad ForceFlex trash bags, which stretch to​ handle overstuffing, to​ pack clothing, pillows, sleeping bags, holiday items and​ stuffed animals-it's a​ great way to​ conserve boxes that can be used to​ transport heavy or​ breakable items.

• Keep essential packing supplies together and​ within​ reach: boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper, tissue, tape, scissors and​ a​ tape measure.

• Do not load more than 50 pounds per box-doing so will make the box difficult to​ carry and​ may result in​ the bottom falling out.

• Assign a​ color to​ each level of​ your​ new home (e.g., red for​ upstairs, yellow for​ downstairs). Label each box clearly with the appropriately colored paper so helpers can get your​ boxes to​ the right floor. Also label each box with its destination​ room and​ basic contents (e.g., Guest Room: Craft Supplies).

• Save room by using towels and​ blankets to​ pack fragile items. Glad bags can also be used as​ packing material inside boxes, and​ then used in​ garbage cans at​ your​ new home.

• Store medicines and​ other liquids in​ leak-proof​ containers, such as​ Glad food storage bags and​ GladWare containers.

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