As if the stress of a cross-country move in and of itself was not enough, there are also plenty of additional worries that come with the actual packing process. Few of us will be lucky enough to hire professional packers to do all the hard work for us. Instead, it largely comes down the family to take care of packing thoroughly in such a way that guarantees that everything will be done on time and in a manner that keeps goods safe.
Luckily, there are a number of useful tips to help make sure that your cross-country move is as stress-free as possible.
One of the most crucial steps that can be done when preparing for such a big move is to plan ahead. Some experts advocate for planning ahead by as much as a month, making sure that you have set a timeline so that everything is put away systematically.
This will help reduce stress as the day approaches while also limiting the very unpleasant scenario of having to look through already-packed boxes for something that shouldn’t have been put away yet.
Also, by spreading out the packing, you are more likely to be able to get it done much more efficiently.
Before packing, it is a good idea to go through everything to make sure that it is worth taking. Start three general sorting areas.
For one, place those items that will definitely be going with you on the move. In the second, put any items that could be better suited to donation or being sold in a yard sale or online. Finally, in the third pile put those items that it is best just to throw away or recycle.
Doing this will help lessen the amount of stuff that you have to move, while also making it easier to unpack once you arrive at your destination.
Many of us will have plenty of fragile goods to be moved, whether it is plates and glasses or priceless family heirlooms. When it comes to transporting such goods, remember that padding is your friend. Invest in bubble wrap for plates and glasses, or in a pinch, use wadded up newspaper.
Make sure boxes are well packed but do not overfill them. Instead, try to limit the amount of movement within a box, while still giving plenty of padding.
This will help reduce the amount of movement that a plate or picture frame undergoes while making sure that any movement that does happen is softened.
Finally, resist the urge to overfill boxes. You’ll be moving the same amount of weight regardless, so for the sake of your back, make sure to limit the size of those boxes of books and plates to a reasonable size.
Also, this will help reduce breakage, as heavy boxes have a greater tendency to shift around during the moving process.
Best of all, by attempting to control the amount of weight in the boxes, you can make the most of different levels of strength for different family members.
While no one is advocating having a toddler move a box of glasses, making boxes that are light enough for elementary schoolers to carry not only keeps them out of trouble during the moving process but also hurries up the entire operation.