Most people underestimate how much time and planning they’ll need to pack up efficiently and safely before moving. This can lead to undue stress, which is the last thing you need. In the interest of keeping your move as pleasant and safe as possible, here are some of the most common packing mistakes:
1. Waiting until the last minute
Packing usually takes longer than you think! Get an early start and stay organized for a smooth, stress-free moving day. On the other hand, you don’t want to pack up important items TOO early if you might need them before you move.
2. Under preparing
Don’t underestimate the amount of boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and other supplies you might need. People often underestimate the number of boxes they’ll need by more than half! Better to stock up now and return or reuse some materials later than to make trips to buy materials in the middle of the move.
3. Not measuring furniture
What could be worse than moving a lot of heavy furniture only to find that it won’t fit in your new place? Measure first!
4. Packing unnecessary junk
Sometimes it seems easier to pack now and sort later, but this never works out in the long run. Taking the time to go through your old things now will make things much easier and more comfortable in your new home.
5. Using the wrong boxes
You want sturdy boxes with solid bottoms. Boxes with bottoms that fold closed or have to be taped closed will be much more difficult to move, especially if you’re moving heavy items. Throwing things is plastic bags instead of boxes also makes them much harder to pack and move.
6. Using the wrong packing materials
It might seem tempting to pack delicate items in newspaper, but that stuff can stain! Much better to use bubble wrap or packing paper.
7. Losing track of irreplaceable items
It’s best to move truly irreplaceable or precious items yourself, just in case. You’ll have a lot more peace of mind, and you won’t have to worry about remember which box they were packed in.
8. Moving unlabeled boxes
Label your boxes as you pack! You might think you’ll remember which is which, but in the confusion and stress of moving, clear labels will be a huge help.
9. Packing large boxes with heavy items
It’s tempting to put all your hard-back books in one box, but think about the strain on you and your movers! Pack heavy items in smaller boxes, or place a few heavy items in boxes with lighter things.
10. Forgetting to pack for your first night
Chances are that you’re going to be pretty tired by the time moving day is over, and the idea of riffling through all of your boxes to find what you need to make a simple dinner or prepare for bed is going to seem daunting. Pack a small box of essentials to get you at least through your first night, and keep it somewhere convenient. Don’t forget basics like toilet paper and toothbrushes.