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.