You usually only move a few times in a lifetime. So you only get used to it if you are a mover yourself. Fortunately, you can prevent a lot of stress and frustration by preparing well. Packing your moving boxes smartly and efficiently ensures a smoother and more relaxed move. In this article, we share our best packing tips.
1. Moving boxes in every room
It is best to pack your moving boxes according to a system. Place a number of moving boxes per room and pack your things there. Keep all the boxes in each room separately. That will make it a lot easier to load and unload later.
2. Label moving boxes
Make sure that each moving box has a tag, label, or inscription. Preferably on several sides. Clearly mark which room in the new house the box will go to. That makes unloading a lot easier. You can simply number bedrooms: bedroom 1, bedroom 2, bedroom 3, and so on. You then hang the number next to the bedrooms so that the movers know what has to go where. You can also work with colors: give each room a different color.
3. Pack fragile items
Of course, you have to be extra careful with fragile items such as crockery and glass. Use wrapping paper or bubble wrap. If you don’t have this and not enough, you can also put cups and saucers in socks, for example. Use tea towels and hand towels for larger, fragile items such as plates.
4. Do not overload
Many self-movers make this mistake: they overfill their moving boxes. Especially with heavy items such as books, you run the risk of overloading. Not only can the moving boxes no longer be lifted, but the bottom may also fall out. Not nice when your beautiful things end up on the street!
In general, you should not make your moving boxes much more than 10 kilos. Of course, professional moving boxes can handle a greater amount of weight, but can your back do the same?
5. Moving your clothes
You can take your clothes out of the closet and stack them in boxes, but that’s a lot of work. You can also put your clothes in special clothes bags so that you can hang everything back in your closet at your new address.
6. Book boxes for books
Besides special boxes for your wardrobe, there are also special book boxes. These double corrugated cardboard boxes are extra sturdy and not too big, so you don’t run the risk of putting too many books in them.
7. Premium moving boxes for heavy items
Do you have a lot of heavy stuff to transport? Then it is smart to invest in professional auto-lock moving boxes or premium moving boxes with a triple bottom. These boxes can handle a high weight and will not easily be damaged. Premium moving boxes cost a bit more, but moving is a lot more pleasant.
8. Distribute weight
When packing the moving boxes, make sure that you distribute the weight evenly. To avoid making moving boxes with, for example, books too heavy, you can fill them with items that weigh less. For example, towels, tea towels or pillows. Stuffing the boxes also prevents them from collapsing when you stack them.
9. Original packaging for equipment
Do you still have the original box for your computer, TV, or radio in the attic? Congratulations, it comes in handy now. Pack your valuable equipment in the original packaging as much as possible. If not, use towels, blankets, or sheets to protect your devices.
10. Appliance cords and accessories
Packing chargers, cables, and other accessories with the device itself are best because otherwise, you may no longer know which device belongs to what. In addition, you can immediately reconnect your equipment when you unpack the boxes.
11. Efficient packing of special items
Many items are easy to pack and transport, but there are some exceptions:
- Lamps: remove the lampshade and wrap it separately with wrapping paper ;
- Plants: place several small plants together in one box next to each other;
- Transport large plants lose. If necessary, wrap loose wrapping paper around the leaves to prevent damage;
- Paintings, mirrors, and canvas photos put the frames on the side in the moving box. That prevents pressure from above that can cause it to tear;
- Transport large or very valuable paintings separately and not in a moving box.
- Store your mattress in a mattress moving cover before moving.
12. Stuff for the first day
After your moving day, you are broken. Then you don’t want to search all the boxes for your toiletries. Set aside a box for the things you’ll need the first night, night, and morning after you move. Also, make sure that this box is clearly recognizable. If necessary, use your suitcase or travel bag for this. Also, arrange some snacks or drinks for moving day. You can store them in chilled packaging boxes.
13. Fold and close properly
Different types of moving boxes have different ways of closing. There are folding boxes, auto-lock moving boxes, and premium moving boxes that you put together slightly differently. Ensure you do this correctly to keep the box as sturdy as possible. Have you overloaded your moving box? Then reinforce it with tape.
14. Start packing on time
We can’t say it often enough: you spend longer packing your moving boxes than you think. Therefore, start on time. A few weeks before the planned move date is nothing too early.
First, you can pack the things you no longer need: camping gear, Christmas items, winter or summer clothing, books, DVDs, and games or stuff from the attic.
The latter is where you pack things you need daily, such as cutlery, crockery, pots, and pans from your kitchen. You can, of course, already pack kitchen items that you don’t use often.
15. Use your move to clean up
A person collects a lot of stuff over the years. Valuables, but also junk that you would rather lose than rich. A move is a great opportunity to take a good look at your inventory. Do you actually need everything? What about those things that have been in the attic for years and that no one cares about anymore?
You may earn some pocket money by putting things you no longer need on Marktplaats. Start tidying up on time, so you don’t have to move as much later!
Good luck packing your moving boxes!
As you have seen, packing and moving boxes is quite a job. But these tips will get you off to a good start. Start on time and clean up a lot, we would like to repeat. This prevents you from packing, transporting, and unpacking things unnecessarily. And you can think about that more calmly if you are not yet under packing stress.
Good luck with your move!