Packing for Your Move - The Basics

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Packing for Your Move in Colorado Springs - The Basics

Packing and purging go in concert--while you're purging, you should be packing, at the same time. If you are overseeing your move yourself, you're in charge of gathering all the packing supplies that are required. Your local big-box store, self-storage company or the mover you've hired are all great resources for your materials. If you obtain from your mover, ask if they will take back any unopened or unused boxes, tape, bubble wrap, or paper.

Here's a outline to get you started:

Small boxes for books, heavy items, toys, appliances, fragile items

Medium boxes for the kitchen, accessories, lampshades, linens, shoes and boots

Large boxes for lamps, window treatments, pillows--items that are bulky but lightweight

Packing tape and tape guns

Newsprint, bubble wrap, packing peanuts or your shredded paper

Markers and labels

Small tools--screwdrivers, hammer, box cutter, scissors

Camera or smartphone

For a more comprehensive list of tools to make your move easier, click here.

Where to Begin

Last utilized, last packed is the rule for the boxing process—usually, the coffeepot and microwave are the last things to be packed in boxes. Since you're boxing while you purge, begin with the things that are easy to get out of the way in chests and cabinets; you can knock out a couple of those in an hour. When you have purged enough for a donate or trash run, do not exit the house until your packed boxes are taped and labelled. You can use specific color-coded labels (blue for the kitchen, green for the master, etc.) or use masking tape with a heavy black marker; just be sure you label each side of the box and note if it's require special handling. A couple of seconds spent listing the contents will come in handy later when you can't locate your shoes in all the boxes marked "master closet".

Organization

Purging assists with organization, and so does tidying up the closets, attic, and garage early in the process. You'll have to fine a storage area for all your packed boxes, and the garage is the preferred place as it's going to be nearby to the moving truck. Alas, the garage should be free of clutter for this to work, so tackle this project early on—set aside at least a Saturday and Sunday for the garage purge. Once you have got the space freed up, sort your boxes so that the movers can get to them without issue on moving day; they will load the truck so that the weight is correctly distributed and so that the first things that need to come off are the last put on.

If you are the kind of person who keeps original packaging, you may now congratulate yourself. Electronics are fragile and if you have the original wrap, you can re-use that. If not, put all of the cords connected to the device in a box--power cords, modems, power strips, instructional CDS--and label it all. Take photos of the cords before you pack them to make it easier to hook back up at the destination.

Fragile!

It's amazing how many things you use every day are pretty fragile. Dishware, glasses, light bulbs, lamps--all need a little special handling when you're packing them. Wrap dishes and glasses in newsprint, and place the plates in the box on end like records. A layer of bubble wrap protects them further, and stuff the empty spaces with some sort of shredded paper or packing peanuts. Do not pack too much in the boxes of fragile items, and don't use big boxes for breakable items. Boxes from the liquor store work well for fragile things; they come in different sizes and may not have tops, so with a box cutter and tape you can customize boxes.

Do not just toss your lamps into boxes, take the shade and harp off and remove the bulb. The bases can be placed in a large box with the harp taped to the base, the shades can nest in another box, and the bulbs need to be packed separately (an ornament box is great for this) and marked fragile.

In our next post, we will look at packing dos and don'ts.