Gather all of your supplies before starting the packing process. Be sure to have boxes, bubble wrap, tape guns, wrapping paper, labeling tools and any other packing accessories with you in every room you’re working in. You will be able to work quickly and efficiently if you consistently have what you need within arms reach.
Keep items where they belong. In other words, don’t pack things that belong in the kitchen with items that live in the bathroom. This will make unpacking on the other end faster and easier.
Pack smaller items in smaller boxes or Ziplock bags. Little objects such as loose change, photos, letters or knick-knacks should be organized into smaller boxes instead of thrown into oversized ones. Once you have settled into your new space, it will be easier for you to neatly store the box/bag until you have time to unpack and organize the items further.
Packed boxes shouldn’t weight more than 50 pounds. Boxes (and your back) can break under too much strain. In order to preserve the safety of your possessions – pack light objects such as linens, towels, comforters and pillows in large boxes and heavier items and breakables in smaller ones.
Label your boxes by room. After a box is full and closed, use a marker to clearly identify, which room it’s going to on the other end and a brief description of the contents. This way, the movers will be able to place the box in the right room without your assistance, making the process faster.
Have a number or inventory list of your boxes. If a box goes missing during the move, you will be able to identify it quickly on the other end before the movers leave you for the day or you no longer have access to your old residence.
Keep important records and valuables with you. Keep any crucial documents or valuables with you or store them with a close friend or family member during the day of the move.
If possible, pre-clean the kitchen and bathrooms in your new home. Unpacking will go a lot faster if the grunt work is completed beforehand. As each box arrives, you can unpack right into your new space and discard the box making room for the others coming in.
Hire a sitter for the kids and dog on the day of. The day of your move will be stressful. Knowing the children and pets are tended to, will reduce your tension and allow you to focus on the task at hand and assure it runs smoothly.
Pack an essentials bag. You can never predict when your transition will be complete the day of. Sometimes it’s a late hour and the thought of unpacking is too overwhelming. Items such as daily medication, toiletries, change of clothes and cell phone chargers should be among any other nightly comfort items. Having a basket with toilet paper, hand soap, garbage bags and towels is another great idea so you can use the bathroom without digging through boxes at the end of the day!