Moving into the student dorm in autumn as Erasmus student was fun. The sheets and towels were new, the sleeping pillow was tightly packaged in its original package, and you were full of enthusiasm. Packing for moving back home after an exciting year abroad has a distinctly different flavour. Now, your dorm room is full of not only stuff, brought from home, but also of new things, acquired during the year: new books, clothes and shoes, souvenirs from your trips across the country for your family and friends…The problem is that all these objects need to somehow go home with you. That is why moving out involves good planning. How should you pack for a move? We can help you. Here are some tips on how to properly prepare for moving out.
What you need to do when you pack for a move
1. Start packing as early as possible
Start packing early to minimize the rush and to be sure you won’t forget anything. Don’t throw everything in boxes because it’s much easier than making the right decisions about your stuff. When you pack for a move, everything be planned in advance.
2. Find plenty of packing supplies
To make things easier, it’s important to start collecting boxes and packaging material at least one month before the moving date. Supermarkets tend to have ideally sized, clean boxes, so it can be useful to ask them to save some for you or pick them up every time you shop. This way you will also save money. Make sure you choose the right box depending on the weight of the items. If they are heavy, choose a corrugated box with at least three layers of fiberboard. For the items where the value is important, use rigid boxes and place them inside the bigger box.
3. Make a decision what to keep
You’re getting ready for a move. You look around your room and realize how much stuff you have – how much will have to be packed up and transported. How far you’re going has little to do with the problem; whether you’re moving down the street, to a neighboring city or state, across country or across the world, it’s all pretty much the same. You’re stuck with deciding what to keep and then, just as tricky, what to do with all the stuff you don’t want. So, get rid of unwanted items. As an alternative to selling these items, you can always find a charity that could use them. If you cannot decide what to keep and what not, grab an additional box in the supermarket, put all your beloved treasures in it and order the door-to-door shipping service to deliver it to your home. After deciding, you can start to pack for a move.
4. Minimize your toiletries
Your personal-care products can take up more space and weight than you might count on. Avoid buying new toiletries close to your moving date and consider throwing away items which have little product left. In most cases you can buy the same brands at your new destination and by not taking them you create space for your items which are irreplaceable. If you have a reasonable amount left, consider pouring the excess amount in reusable toiletry bottles as these are usual smaller and less heavy than original packaging.
5. Start with items you won’t need in the near future
Start packing the things that you use less frequently, for instance, winter clothes, special supplies, etc. Wrap each item individually, with enough layers of wrapping sheets, bubble wrap, or clothes. Place items inside the box with extreme care and in the best position possible to avoid damages. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom and lighter on top. You can find the instructions on how to prepare your package on our website.
6. Prepare a box of essentials
The box of essentials should contain items you will need right after you return. After an exhausting day spent on the airport and on an airplane, you will need to find essential items easily. Include at least toothbrush and pajamas for a good sleep (while everything else is in boxes).
7. Don’t make boxes too heavy
Get as many items as possible in each box to cut down on the number of boxes you’ll need. If you’re a bookworm and have a whole library to move, here’s a tip: Fill a small or medium box with books and make sure you can lift it. If you can’t, put books in a smaller box, and use more boxes.
8. Label all your boxes
Color code your boxes with colored duct tape. You can mark each box so you can tell where each box is supposed to go with a quick glance. Coordinate a specific color to different areas of the house, like the bathroom and bedroom. When the time to organize arrives, it will be much easier. You won’t have to open every box to find the items you are looking for.
9. Call Reinforcements
Yes, good friends help you move – they can help you pack for a move, get your stuff in order. It is good to have close people to rely on. Alternatively, you can also ask help from removal companies, but that would put an extra burden on your budget.
10. A picture is worth a thousand words
Is there anything you have set up that took you forever to get just right, and you’re totally loathing the moment you have to disassemble it? Then snap a photo of it for quick reference later. You will be able to reassemble things very fast.
Extra tip: Be careful with your back
Always bend your knees and use primarily your legs when picking things up or setting them down. Squat directly in front of the load, pull it in tight to you and lift with your legs, not your back. Set it back down the same way.
Hopefully, our 10 Moving Tips will be helpful to you during your upcoming relocation. Keep yourself organized and on track for a successful move and eliminate any unnecessary stress or the feeling of being overwhelmed.
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Last modified: September 11, 2019