A smooth moving day starts with organization. Your professional moving company will size up your furniture and make sure to load it to the trucks properly to maximize space and efficiency. While a professional moving company will offer packing services, budgetary reasons may prevent you from utilizing this option. So, what should you do to stay organized? We’ll help you out.
First things first. Do a quick inventory in your rooms to understand about how many pots and pans, dishes, glasses, clothes, pictures, linens and pictures/mirrors you have to pack. This will help you have an understanding of how many boxes to order for move day. Generally you can not return boxes, even if unused, so while we encourage you to overestimate a bit, be cautious not to order 20 boxes if you really only need four. When you order your boxes, also consider colored tape, stickers or markers for color coordinating rooms.
OK. The boxes and packing paper is in your home. It’s time to pick the first color and room to attack. Hopefully you have started packing far enough in advance that you can focus on just items that are rarely used or seasonal and are not going to be needed until after move day. This will help de-clutter the house if you are looking to sell and speed up the process down the road. Put a color mark somewhere on the top and front of your moving box. It’s best to choose colors by room or room type. For example, if all your bedrooms are upstairs, you may choose to only select one color for bedrooms. Use another color for family/living rooms, kitchen, linens, etc. Even though you’re color coordinating, don’t forget to write on the boxes and describe the contents. For example, you may write Master Bedroom – “his” sweaters and undershirts. This will help unpacking as you will look to load your items into drawers, closets and cabinets in a way that keeps items organized like they were in your previous home.
Some special notes for packing are all involving proper labeling for your movers. Items with glass or other fragile items should be clearly marked fragile. Picture frames, dishes and other items are fragile yet bulky and heavy. Without the proper labeling, these boxes could be bottom (base) boxes in our moving truck and wind up being damaged. Also, mark any liquids. Traditionally, this is all cleaning supplies and possibly unrefrigerated soft drinks. These items may spill inadvertently in the moving truck. Again, without the proper labeling, these boxes could be placed on sensitive household goods such as antique tables and chairs, electronics and other items that can be damaged by liquids.
Finally, be sure not to pack fine jewelry, cash, hazardous materials, living things (fish, plants, etc,). Some items are not covered by your mover’s insurance (always check with your mover if you’re unsure) and others are forbidden as cargo without additional licensing (hazmat). If you do have any material such as those that movers can not take on their truck, simply ask one of the crew members to help you put it in your vehicle and they’ll be happy to assist you.
An organized move is an easy move. And properly packing, taping and labeling your boxes will make move day that much more organized.