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If you've decided to pack up the contents of your home on your own, the packing process will be one of the most physically and emotionally grueling parts of the moving process. Using the following tips and tricks below will ensure that you remain SANE, (or at least to) during this time and that both you and your things arrive to your destination in one piece.

Before beginning the packing process, make sure that you have sufficient supplies to pack your belongings as carefully as possible. Necessary supplies may include: boxes, marking pens, bubble wrap, newspaper, packing tape, scissors and a tape measure.  A good way to decrease the use of so many boxes is to use your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, & suitcases.

The best place to begin the packing process is to determine what items do not need to be packed, such as items that can be donated, given or thrown away before the move. 

After you’ve established what you’re not taking, start packing the things that you don’t use on a regular basis and store them in a spare bedroom or garage.  This will alleviate feeling completely overwhelmed.

1 - Enlist a Color-Coding System - One way to accomplish this is by labeling the boxes with colored permanent markers, colored tape or stickers.  At a quick glance you'll know whether a box belongs in the master bedroom, garage, or dining room.  Label the doors of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that the movers know where to place the boxes.  Keep a detailed list of what was packed in each box.  Number each box and then on the list, provide a short description of the contents.

2 - Pack an Overnight Bag - "MOVING DAY" will most likely be a very exhausting process & you won't want to be searching for clean clothes, your toothbrush and medications when the movers leave.

3 - Pack One Room at a Time – Doing so will make it easier to unpack things in the right place and will keep you focused during the packing process.  Packing up one room at a time will also make the packing process seem more manageable as you’ll be able to keep a clear eye on exactly what needs to be done. 

4 - Pack Items in their Original Box – If you saved the box from your TV, use it to transport it safely. 

5 - Packing Appliances - Defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.  Also think about washing machines, stream irons, lawn movers, generators, power washers, etc.  Remove any liquids. 

6 - Packing Breakables - Wrap them in clothing to save on bubble wrap. 

7 - Packing Dishes - Pack plates vertically (like records), they’ll be less likely to break.  Also use packing paper between each plate/dish.  For best results, purchase protected boxes that are designed to move dishes, so that fragile items will be protected from all angles. 

8 - Packing Glasses & Stemware – Pack them in clean socks.  Also, stuff the glass with some type of paper or bubble wrap prior to wrapping the outside. 

9 - Packing Cosmetics - Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking. 

10 - Packing Liquids – Pack them in containers that seal securely.  Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.

11 - Packing in the Winter – Try not to pack any liquids that may freeze during the move.

12 - Packing Books, CDs, Videos – Pack them on-end; do not stack them in boxes as they take up more space. 

13 - Packing Dresser Drawers – Inside of packing clothing into boxes or bags, keep them intact by covering them with a saran wrap, such as “Press’n Seal”.

14 - Packing a Closet – The fastest way is to keep the clothes on their hangers & put them in a large garbage bag. 

15 - Packing Linens & Out-of-Season Clothing – Use the vacuum seal bags.  You’ll save up to two thirds of space.

16 - Packing Small & Lightweight Items – Pack them inside of larger items; it will same on space. 

17 - Packing Loose Items - Tape the loose items (i.e. screws for TV mounts, curtain rod brackets & screws, table legs, etc) to the back of the bigger item.  Keep sandwich bags handy for holding those small parts of things you have to take apart. 

18 - Packing Electronics - Take a photo of the backside of them.  When are unpacking, you’ll remember how they are connected and where all the wires go. 

19 - Packing Computers - You’ll probably want too backup all your important files to protect your data in the unlikely event that your computer breaks or gets damage during the move.

20 - Packing Important Documents - You may want to photocopy important documents, such as birth/marriage certificates, insurance papers, social security cards, etc.  You’ll have a copy in case they get lost, even temporarily during the move.  Place all the important copied documents in one place so that they stay together and are easy to recognize when you are unpacking.  The originals should be taken in your hand luggage when possible.