Tip #1: Packing Your Place
There's more to packing than hunting down used boxes online or at the grocery store. Packing moving boxes is a special art. The trick is to get specialized boxes for fragile or oddly shaped items. You can purchase these boxes from moving or storage companies. You may have to shell out a few extra dollars, but it will be worth it when your items arrive in one piece.
For kitchen breakables, purchase "dish barrel" boxes to hold your dishes in place.
Wall art and mirrors are better protected in long, flat boxes.
Cylindrical poster tubes are an ideal container for art that can be rolled up.
Wardrobe boxes with a bar for hanging your clothes may seem decadent, but they're huge timesavers when it's time to unpack.
They're not exactly boxes, but vacuum-sealing bags for coats and other clothing can help you save a lot of space.
Tip #2: Don't Resist Labels
You really can't over-label when it comes to moving. Consider numbering your boxes and keeping a reference list. That way, if you need to find something, you'll know which box number to look for. Some movers will even color code each box to its appropriate room. Make your labels highly visible. Mark boxes on their tops and sides so you can read them even if they're vertically stacked.
Tip #3: Leave a Paper Trail
Packing paper is extremely useful and fairly cheap. It's also easily recyclable, as opposed to Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Newsprint can serve the same function, but the ink may stain your belongings. You can use packing paper to line the bottom of boxes and to wrap fragile items like dishes, mirrors, or pictures in frames. Crumple it up and you have the perfect cushioning material.
Tip #4: Everything in Its Place
Try to leave items in their usual places so you don't waste time putting everything back when it's time to unpack. For instance, make sure knives are firmly secure in their knife block with lots of sturdy packing tape and paper. Do the same for silverware in fitted trays. If you have CLOTHING in your dresser that is normally okay as long as, drawers are shut and secure them closed with moving pads and tape.
Tip #5: Books—Great for Your Brain, Terrible for Your Back
Please remember to use smaller boxes when packing heavy items. Your local moving supplies retailer sells specific boxes call "Book Boxes" that are perfect for books and other media such as dvd's games, cd's etc.
Tip #6: High-End Packing for High-End Electronics
Your electronics are pricey, so pack them carefully. The best containers for costly electronics like computers or televisions are their original boxes, but many people throw these away after purchase. If you can't find the original box, find a sturdy, appropriately sized substitution or purchase one from a moving supplies store. Dish boxes are most commonly used for these items. Use lots of crumpled paper between electronics to avoid any damage.
Remove the item's cords, wrap them, label each appropriately, and then pack them in a bag that you will include in the box. Use a blanket, towel, or moving pad to wrap the item, then slide it into the box. If there's still space left over, use crumpled-up packing paper or rolled-up socks to fill in the holes.
Tip #7: Designate a Packing Room
Pick a room in your house or apartment to be your center of packing operations. This makes the process more efficient and limits much of the mess to one room, which will help lessen the stress of moving. Choose a room with a large table surface so you can wrap while standing up. Lay out your packing paper on one table in your home and bring all glass and fragile items to this area to be wrapped and packed.
Tip #8: Have a Garage Sale or Yard Sale
If time is available for a yard sale or garage sale before packing and moving starts this can help to de-clutter and get rid of unwanted items. This will also save space in your truck and save you money!
Tip #9: Plan a Homecoming Celebration
Moving is tough work, physically and emotionally, and you deserve a break. Plan to enjoy a special event in your new home, even if it's just takeout from a restaurant in your new neighborhood. We don't want your moving day to be a stressful one If you follow these steps you should have a stress free easy moving day. Remember, a little preperation can save you money and headaches.