How To Make Moving and Packing Easier: Tips You Must Know

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For many people, moving and packing is one of the most stressful things they will ever do in their lives. Though it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little bit of planning and organization, you can make the process much easier. In this blog post, we will give you tips on how to make packing and moving easier. Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to a less stressful move.

Packing the supplies you need

Moving and Packing can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to be prepared with the right supplies and know how to use them.

Before you start packing, make sure you have all the supplies you need. You will need boxes in a variety of different sizes, depending on what you are packing. Extra large boxes are usually people’s go-to size option for moving because they can easily be bought and you can store many items in one box. This may not be an option if the transportation that you will be using does not have a high ceiling. Packing paper can help protect your items during the move and keep them clean. Bubble wrap is great for protecting delicate items like glassware or vases. And finally, the tape is essential for sealing up your boxes.

Sort and declutter

Before you start packing, it is important to sort through your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t need. This will not only make packing easier, but it will also save you space and money. If you are unsure of what to do with items you no longer need, you can always donate them or sell them online.

If you have a lot of old clothes that no longer fit or that are out of season, consider donating them to charity. Goodwill has been around for decades and has locations all over the world. You can also find charities in your area that accept clothing donations by doing an internet search for “charity clothing donation near me”.

If you aren’t able to donate your unwanted clothes due to their condition or if they’re too big or small for Goodwill, consider selling them online instead. Craigslist is a great place to sell used clothing because there are thousands of people searching for used clothing every day on that site alone! If you don’t want to use Craigslist (or if they don’t have anything like it in your area), other popular options include eBay and Etsy—both sites have millions of users who browse daily looking for bargains on secondhand goods like used clothes.

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Roll your clothes

One of the best ways to save space when moving and packing is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. This will also prevent wrinkles. Gather your clothes and lay the clothes on top of each other in a line from left to right. Don’t overlap them. Just lay them down smoothly and evenly so there’s no bunching or wrinkling. Roll them as tight as you can so they don’t fall apart when you unroll them later on. You can then place them in a box or suitcase. You can also go online and watch tutorials for special kinds of rolling such as space-saving rolling techniques that will allow you to pack more items. 

Use Ziploc bags

Ziplock bags are strong enough to protect your items from water. This makes them perfect for storing food and other items that you do not want to be damaged by moisture. Ziplock bags are also easy to use and can be used for many different types of items including food, medicine, and toiletries.

Ziplock bags can be reused if they are not damaged during storage or transport. This helps save money on buying new bags each time you need one because they can be used over again until they become too worn out or damaged to use anymore.

Take all your important documents

When packing, don’t forget to take all your important documents. Your passport, birth certificate, and social security card are the big ones. Also consider things like car registration, insurance card, and current bills. You can always get them from your bank or the DMV later, but you’ll want them while traveling. Keep these items in a safe place where they will not get lost during the move. Consider selecting a waterproof box or container for these documents and files, just in case you encounter some rain while moving.

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Empty your refrigerator and freezer a few days before moving day

If you’re moving out of state or across the country, it’s likely that your new place will have different types of appliances than your old place did. So before moving, take some time to go through all of the contents in your fridge and check for expiration dates on meat and produce products. Then throw out anything that might be unsafe or unappealing (like moldy cheese).

After you’ve removed all foods from your fridge, wipe down every surface with a disinfectant spray so that no germs are left behind when you start using it again after moving.

If possible, you should donate any non-perishable food to a local food bank. You should do the same if you are not bringing the refrigerator with you for the sake of those who will be moving in. A smelly fridge could decrease the value or chances of the home being sold.

Pack an overnight bag

Each family member should have their own overnight bag.

When you move into your new home, it can be a lot to take in all at once. We thought you might appreciate having a list of things that you’re going to need on hand during the first few nights. So here it is. Pack a change of clothes, toiletries, towels, bed sheets (if applicable), pillows, phone chargers, and some snacks and drinks.

This bag will come in handy on your first night in your new home. By having everything you need in one place, you will be able to relax and get settled more quickly. You can also use the contents in this bag just in case you need to stop by a motel or another house if it’s a two or more-day drive.

Making a packing plan

Another important tip is to make a moving and packing plan before you start packing. This will help you be more organized and efficient. Some things you should consider when making your packing plan include what items you will need to unpack first. You will need to pack the items you will need first, such as clothes and toiletries. Figure out what can be packed ahead of time. If you have items that you won’t need until after the move, you can pack them ahead of time. This will save you time later on. What items can be packed together? Try to pack items that can be packed together, such as books or dishes. This will save you space and make packing easier. Think about how you will label your boxes. It is important to label your boxes so you know what is in each one. You can label them by room or by content.

Young couple moving in new home and unpacking

Packing one room at a time

One mistake that many people make when moving and packing is trying to pack everything at once. This is a recipe for disaster! It is much better to focus on packing one room at a time. This will help you stay organized and avoid getting overwhelmed.

If you have a lot of clothes, it can be overwhelming to think about how you are going to get them all packed up. The best way to approach this is by focusing on one drawer or closet at a time. Once you have finished with those items, then move on to the next area. This will ensure that nothing gets left behind or forgotten when you’re running out of time for your move.

Pack your boxes properly

If you want your belongings to arrive at your new home safely, it is important to pack your boxes properly. Here are some packing tips to get you started.

Use small boxes for heavy items. Heavy items (like books, pots, and pans) go in smaller boxes to make them easier to lift. Pack your boxes to the top, but don’t overfill them. You don’t want your boxes to be too heavy to lift, but you also don’t want items shifting around during the move.

Label your boxes. This will help you stay organized and know what is in each box. 

Fill in empty spaces. Never leave gaps in your boxes. Doing this could jostle your belongings or make the boxes unbalanced. Fill the holes with packing paper, towels, etc.

Tape boxes securely. Be sure to use tape on the bottom and top of your boxes, then wrap a couple of times around the edges to keep everything in place.

Invest in specialty moving boxes. Those wardrobe boxes and special boxes for moving art, televisions, and glass dishes may seem unnecessary, but they’re usually well worth the extra cost. They’ll better protect your belongings and ensure they arrive safely at your new home.

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Make a detailed inventory list

As you pack up your items, be sure to keep a detailed inventory list of everything that you will be bringing. This will be helpful when you are unpacking and trying to find specific items.

You can either list it down on paper or use an Excel format to be more organized with your list. You can write down the names of each member of the family in one column, write down the labels of each box in the next part, and either list each item or a general description of the contents. Write down where they should be moved to in the new house. You can make printed copies of this so that all the people who will be moving the boxes to their respective places can move by themselves without relying on you to tell them where to put them.

Store all your valuables in one place

When moving, it is best to keep all valuable items in one place. This could be a safe or a locked box, but whatever you do, do not leave your valuables out in the open. This will help to ensure that they are not lost or stolen during the move. If you don’t have a safe, there are companies that will rent them out for a small fee. Another good tip is to label the box with something as boring as cabinet metal attachments so other people wouldn’t know that it contains valuable materials (just don’t forget what you decide to label it).

Pack an essentials bag

When you are packing for your move, be sure to pack an essentials bag that contains things you might need in case of an emergency and other essentials you may need at any time throughout the day. The essentials bag should include:

  • A first aid kit. You don’t want to be stuck without supplies in an emergency situation. It is also important to make sure your first aid kit is stocked with items appropriate to the season and climate of where you are moving.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries (if needed). You never know when the power might go out during a move, so it’s best to have backups in case it does happen so you can have light when you need it most. 
  • A radio or portable music player with headphones (if needed). This is great for entertainment on long car rides or if there aren’t many TVs available at your new home. Of course, nowadays, you could always rely on your phone for music so don’t forget to bring a power bank if this is the case. 
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Pick the right moving day

When it comes to moving, timing is everything. You will want to avoid moving during the busiest times of the year, such as summer. Instead, try to schedule your move for a slower time of year. This will make the whole process much easier.

If you are planning on moving during the holiday season, you should book your move as early as possible to ensure that you get the help needed when you need it most. This way, if there are any issues with your move’s timeline or delivery date, they can be addressed before they become an issue.

The best time to move is between November and March. During this time frame, most people are in school or at work, so there will be fewer people moving around the town. This means fewer cars on the road, which means less traffic congestion and less stress on your moving budget!

Safely dispose of hazardous materials

Before you do the moving and packing, it’s important to dispose of any hazardous materials you have in your home. This includes things like cleaning supplies, paint, and oil. You can usually take these items to your local dump or recycling center.

If you have a lot of hazardous waste, it’s best to hire a professional company to dispose of it for you. They’ll come out and pick up any waste from your home, including hazardous materials like paint and oil, as well as other types of trash that cannot be recycled or composted. They’ll also provide a certificate showing that the waste was properly handled and disposed of by an authorized facility which will help protect against liability issues later on down the road should anything happen after they’ve left your property.

Asking for help

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of packing for your move, don’t hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. They can be very helpful, and they will make the process much easier. You may be tempted to try to do everything yourself, but you don’t have to. In fact, we recommend asking for help. You’ll have more time to relax when you have extra hands packing up your stuff and getting it ready for the movers.

You’ve got this! It can be overwhelming to think about moving and packing for a big trip, but don’t let it get you down. You are going to be so busy once you arrive at your destination that it’s not worth stressing over the details of packing now. Instead, take some time off from thinking about it and focus on all the fun adventures you’re going to have.

Hiring a professional mover

If you really want to take the stress out of moving and packing, consider hiring a professional moving company. They will pack and move your belongings for you, so you don’t have to lift a finger. This is a great option for those who are short on time or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of packing and moving.

Following these simple tips, you can make packing and move much easier. Just take things one step at a time, and be sure to ask for help if you need it. With a little planning, your move can be much easier than you thought.

If you are looking for more information or help with your upcoming move, be sure to contact A2B Movers, San Jose. Our team of experienced professionals would be happy to assist you in any way possible. Call us at (408) 831-3682 or visit our website.

A2B Movers San Jose

San Jose, CA 95126

(408) 831-3682

We are a local moving company established in San Jose in 2010. All these years we serve our commercial and residential customers all around the Bay Area and Los Angeles county. Our goal is a happy and affordable moving experience.

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