Tips for Packing for a Move
Moving a household can seem like a daunting task. After all, your entire life is being boxed up and transplanted. However, there are a few ways to reduce the intimidation factor.
First, take a serious look at your belongings to see what is really necessary.Evaluate large appliances and décor that may take up counter, floor or wall space. If it has not been utilized in the last six months -- a year for seasonal items -- toss or donate it. Take a fresh look at knick knacks to see which items truly hold value for you, whether sentimental or monetary, and discard any that are space fillers. If it does not hold substantial value, contemplate whether it is worth packing, transporting and unpacking. This is a great time to downsize your belongings and keep only those things that benefit you and your family.
If you are not hiring professional movers, you will want to locate boxes. Contact local businesses or grocery stores as a possible source, oftentimes free of charge. Otherwise, purchase an array of sizes along with packing tape and labels. Have a stash of markers available, as well.
Begin packing on a room by room basis, so items are clustered together. Pack things that you can go without for a while so you are not disrupting your neatly filled boxes later trying to find necessities. Consider moving these boxes to a self-storage unit to allow for more space and organization during your packing process. As you pack, be sure to label each box’s destination clearly so the person unpacking can deliver it directly to the proper space upon arrival. Place the room name on two sides of the box so it can be visible no matter how the package is set down.
Keep fragile items separate and, if possible, transport those on your own to ensure they do not get jostled or mishandled during transport. Jewelry and other valuable items should be kept with you for peace of mind and less chance of them getting misplaced or lost.
Toiletries and other bathroom supplies should be placed in a bag or small suitcase that you can keep with you so you can have instant access to them upon arrival to your new home or in case you have a day or two before you can access the rest of your items.
Moving does not have to be a stressful project as long as you plan ahead. For more information on self-storage in Vista, visit this website.
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