Three Things You Didn’t Know About Packing Household Goods
Moving sucks. We really can’t say it any differently – when you have a cross-country move looming over you, it kind of zaps some of the fun out of life. They’re stressful and time-consuming and easy to put off, especially packing. So we’ve compiled a handy little list about some of the things that you may not know about packing your household goods – and how you can make things a bit easier on yourself in the long run.
1. It Takes More Time Than You Think
When you’re packing your home for a move, you need to realize that there’s a lot of stuff out there that you just don’t think about when you’re packing. All those loose papers, all those books and DVD’s and CD’s and the stuff in your junk drawer (or drawers, depending on the size of your house). All those pots and pans and dishes – packing takes a lot more time than people think. To get the most out of it, and to make packing a lot less stressful, give yourself at least a month to start packing. Collecting boxes and totes early will allow you to start packing non-essential items more quickly, getting them out of the way and freeing up more time for you to enjoy things in life.
2. Boxes Can Get Expensive – Fast
You’d be surprised at how expensive moving boxes can be. Most storage unit places and U-Haul truck rental places (many are one-and-the-same) will sell moving boxes, and really moving boxes are a lot easier to deal with than old boxes from the market down the street. They’re more sturdy, they’re thicker, and they’re designed to…you know…be packed with stuff you’re moving. But they can get expensive, especially if you’re planning on buying a bunch at a time. Instead of doing that, buy a few here and there, then pack them, then go buy more. Not only are you spreading out your cost over days and weeks, you’re also making sure you don’t buy too many boxes, as you just fill up what you need, go get a few more, rinse and repeat.
3. Believe it or Not, Stuff Can Break if You Pack it Wrong
Something that a lot of people think about moving boxes is that they protect the things you put in them. And that’s not an untrue statement – they do. But they don’t protect themselves from everything else you put in there, which means you have to pack them in things that protect them. Packing items properly is important; this means wrapping glasses and plates in bubble wrap or some other type of packing material. Packing peanuts help with that. This also ties into having the time and proper materials – it’s all about doing it right, because a household move is hard enough without doing stuff that’s going to wreck all your worldly possessions.
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