The title of this blog might be confusing, but stick with me…when you’re packing, many things might seem like a great idea at the moment that in reality are not. Sure, “toss that random ink pen in with these books” or “what does it matter if I put my eye glasses repair kit in with my kid’s stuffed animals,” sound like great ideas because everything is going to the same place eventually…which is true, but when you’re unpacking and looking for things, you’ll be really mad at yourself for having that attitude. These packing tips apply for putting things into storage or when you’re moving. When packing, the best thing you can do is think about what it is going to be like when you are unpacking. If you keep that in mind, then you’ll be off to a great start.
Just because it is together, doesn’t mean it should be
A friend was telling me yesterday afternoon that she hired wonderful movers to pack her home for her last move. The packers were great, but she had forgotten to stage her house a little and when she tried to unpack all of her items she had serious troubles. She thought that since she hired full-service movers she didn’t have to anything. Which is partly true, but she regrets not being more proactive. One big example she gave of how she should’ve staged her home for packing to help with unpacking came with her tool kit. She used the family’s regular tool kit to fix something in the office and didn’t put it back in the garage. The packers put the tool kit with a box of non-essential office stuff. It took weeks to find that much-needed tool kit because nobody thought to look in the box of “random office supplies” for the tool kit. Make sure you go around and put like items together and put things away whether you hire professionals or move yourself.
We’ve all had those end-of-the-rope moments where we just give up and start doing things haphazardly, right? Well, do whatever it takes to avoid those when you’re packing. Tossing in random things into random boxes thinking you’ll remember later doesn’t work. Trust me, been there, done that. You won’t remember that the DVD remote is in with photo albums and when you go to watch a movie to unwind after a day of moving, you’re going to be really mad when you can’t find that remote. No matter how much it hurts, take the extra step to pack it properly.
If you think something might break, then assume it will and pack it nicely. Picture frames, lamps, and toys often get neglected when it comes to safe packing. Broken glass can be a serious hazard when packing, moving, or using storage. Be sure to properly secure all boxes and take your time to stack boxes nicely. When packing up your belongings or loading them into a storage, keep the safety of other people as well as the safety of your items in mind.
Packing can be stressful. Even if you hire a giant team of professionals to pack for you, the whole process is stressful. Take the time to pack properly and to take proactive steps to help yourself out throughout the process.