Moving house can be very stressful, and one of the most difficult and necessary tasks associated with moving is actually packing up your stuff. It involves upheaval, inconvenience and very often, lost and missing items. There is however a right way to tackle the job, and that is to have plenty of packing supplies handy, whether you’re moving locally or across the country. You can get most necessary packing supplies at a nearby big box store, or from your local movers or long distance moving company.
Moving house is an adventure
If you’re wondering why on earth you decided to move house, it may help to know that you’re not the only one. Millions of people move each year, for different reasons: for a new job, office relocation, to be near family, or because they just bought the beach house that’s been their lifelong dream. In 2017, over one tenth or 11% of the total U.S. population moved house. So you’re not alone, and in fact moving house could also be called the Great American Adventure.
Even when you’re embarking on a great adventure, you do need to pack for it. Packing can actually be one of the most difficult things about moving, for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s the sheer volume of things that need to be packed. On average, an American household has about 300,000 items, and all of these must be packed carefully.
Checklist for packing materials
Packing also brings on waves of nostalgia, as you sort through your belongings, and prepare to move them to another location or to give them away. But the biggest hurdle by far to packing is often the lack of proper packing supplies. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to pack all your stuff once you have the proper packing materials handy.
Thinking about your necessary packing supplies ahead of time actually helps you get a handle on the move, because you’re organizing your things as you pack. To help you get started, here’s a list of some of the most commonly used packing materials that you will want to add to your list. You can get most of these supplies from your local moving services or a long distance moving company.
Start with a rough estimate of how many boxes you will need for various categories of items – kitchen things, books, clothes, kids’ toys, linens, etc. You can find online calculators to help you. Next, you need to find all the boxes you’ll need. They don’t all have to be new, though you can get your supplies from a long distance moving company. You can also ask your local grocery store for packing cases, which they would just throw out otherwise.
For more delicate items like glassware and ornaments, or for permanent moving and storage solutions for papers and keepsakes, you may want to invest in some storage bins. Since you’ll be using these for the move as well, it makes sense to get the kind that lock securely.
You’ll need cushioning to pack delicate items in the boxes and bins. You could get bubble wrap, or improvise and use clothes, linens and even the contents of your laundry basket for this purpose.
The step should be strong enough to hold the bins and boxes closed during the move, and you should get plenty. You don’t want to run out before everything is secured.
Markers and labels
These are indispensable in keeping track of what items are packed in each box. They can also help you mark boxes according to the rooms where they will go in the new house, so your long distance moving company will know where to place them.
While packing can seem like a very daunting task, the right supplies from your local movers or long distance moving company can help you breeze through it. When you organize your belongings into suitable boxes and bins, you’ll also make unpacking and setting up your new house much easier.