Moving from one house to another is always going to be a stressful situation. Between making sure your family has all of their things packed, keeping any pets you may have from running out the open door every time somebody goes through it, and coordinating the movers – be they hired or just family and friends – you’re sure to have a few more grey hairs than you started out with when all is said and done.
Surprisingly enough, though, it doesn’t have to be as stressful and chaotic as it sometimes seems. There are a lot of little things you can do to speed along the process.
Well, as far as the actual packing goes. So sorry, but nothing can stop the furred family member from escaping.
#1 – Stick to One Room at a Time
Before you even start picking things up off the shelves, make sure that you’re only packing things destined for a particular room in your new house; for instance, don’t pack books and toiletries together. Not only will this help you not have to go running all around the house looking for something else you can put in to fill space, but you can also label each box with the room it’s going to and what’s in it. You don’t have to direct the movers every step of the way, hemming and hawing as you try to remember exactly what’s inside that one box that looks like all the others.
#2 – Distribute Weight Efficiently
Once you begin the packing part, make sure to pack heavier things in small boxes and lighter things in larger boxes. Not only will this ultimately cut down on the amount of boxes you need, but it will also prevent any one box from becoming too heavy to lift. A large box of sheets and comforters, for example, is a lot less intimidating than a large box of hardcovers.
If you find that one box is a mix of objects of different weights, pack heavier things on the bottom of the box and lay lighter things on top, to prevent unbalanced packing and breakage. As well, you should always pad space with clothing, towels, or waste paper, because professional movers often won’t move a box that feels unbalanced or loosely packed for fear of breakage or drops.
#3 – Take Care of the Breakables
When you get around to the kitchen and begin packing your dishes, make sure that you’re maximizing padding while at the same time remaining conscious of available space. Wrap each plate in some packing paper, and then wrap five or six of them together with more paper before putting them in the box on their sides, never flat, with bunches of paper above and below as padding.
Do the same thing with your bowls and cups in groups of four, which can, of course, go inside of each other, and pack them together in dish barrel boxes.
No really, that’s it. With those three simple things, you can minimize the possibility of both breakage and a thrown out back, which is always a good thing. With all that time freed up, and your family actually on track for once, maybe you’ll be able to keep a handle on—
Nope. There’s the door. The pet is out, repeat, the pet is out. It also helps if you are physical fit for the big day (moving). I am super fond of yoga and want to suggest this site: onlineyogafordumies.com – best yoga sequence for beginners. Let me know what you think in the comments below!