Packing is easily one of the most demanding parts of moving, especially if you have a large family. While packing all your stuff is a hassle, here are some packing tips to make it as stress-free as possible.

Packing Tips: Take Inventory of Your Stuff

While most people don’t enjoy packing, use it as an opportunity to declutter and take stock of your belongings. Go through everything room by room and divide items into three piles: what you’ll keep, throw away, and donate. The less stuff you have, the less time and energy it’ll take to pack, plus you’ll know you’re only moving with things you want or need.

Use the Right Boxes

Gather a variety of boxes for your move, including boxes explicitly made for breakable and heavy items. Don’t load too many heavy items in a large container, making it more difficult to carry. Since clothes take up a lot of space, use vacuum-sealed bags for seasonal clothing you won’t immediately need.

Packing Tips for Labeling

Label boxes by room with a permanent marker on all sides of the box, so the label is visible from any position.

Pack an Overnight Bag 

This packing tip will save you some hassle after you arrive at your new place. You likely won’t feel like immediately unpacking as soon as you get to your new home, so pack a small bag of essentials, such as toothbrushes, shower supplies, phone chargers, and a change of clothes. Pack enough to get you through a day or two so you don’t have to search for the things you need right away.

Use Your Luggage

Save boxes and space on your moving truck using suitcases, travel bags, and laundry hampers to store extra clothes and other items. You’ll be moving these containers anyway, so you may as well fill them up.

Packing Tips to Protect Your Belongings

An essential packing tip is to carefully wrap things like glassware, picture frames, mirrors, and other fragile items with bubble wrap. Use towels, sheets, or newspapers for extra padding if you don’t have bubble wrap. Securely tape newspaper and bubble wrap as they can come undone easily.

Unpack One Room at a Time

After moving and unpacking the essentials, take your time with everything else. To keep from getting overwhelmed, fully unpack only one room at a time. Start with kitchen supplies, as these are probably the items you’ll need first.

For most people, packing is the hardest part of any move. Make a checklist to stay organized and follow the above packing tips to make the process easy and smooth.

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