Moving For The First Time? Use These 3 Tips To Take Some Of The Work Out Of It

If you're going away to college or getting married, packing can seem like a daunting task. In fact, if this is your first time packing for a move, you may not know that there's an art to packing efficiently. Don't stress out. These quick tips will help you pack – and unpack – with ease.

Pack the Essentials in Clear Bins

When you get to your new home, there are things that you're going to need quickly. You're probably going to be too tired to go through all the boxes looking for things like a change of clothing and your personal hygiene items. Pack your essentials in clear bins.

This will allow you to see inside the bins without looking through them. It will also allow you to identify your essential items quickly, especially if all your other belongings are packed in cardboard boxes.

Utilize Plastic Baggies and Egg Cartons

It might seem strange, but plastic baggies and egg cartons can come in quite handy when you're packing, especially if you have jewelry and small pieces of hardware that you need to keep separate. Here's how to use them:

Egg Cartons

Place your jewelry in the individual egg slots and then cover each piece with a cotton ball. When each slot is filled, close the carton and seal it with a piece of tape. Label the top of the carton so that you know what's inside.

Plastic Baggies

If you're taking down curtain rods or disconnecting any electronic equipment, you'll need to keep track of the small pieces. When you remove the screws and small pieces of hardware, place them into plastic baggies and label the bags. When it's time to hang your curtain rods or set up your equipment, you'll know right where the hardware is.

Label Boxes by Contents and Rooms

Whether you've hired a moving company or you're doing the work yourself, you'll want to make unpacking as easy as possible. Make a list of the items that are contained in each box and then tape the list to the outside of the box. If you need to find something before you unpack, you'll be able to quickly check the lists to find the item that you need.

Once the box is sealed, write the name of the room where it will go. The movers will be able to place your boxes in the rooms that they belong in, which means that you won't have all your boxes sitting in the front room waiting to be unpacked.

Moving is hard work. You can make it a little easier by using the tips listed above. For more help, consider contacting a professional like those at Hendra Moving & Storage (2007) Ltd.