Pack Like a Pro

Moving is never fun, even if you’re paying professionals to do the heavy lifting. But you can streamline you move by avoiding the common mistakes that most movers make and simplifying everything else as much as possible.

Look, you’re never going to be able to count on your friends and family to get everything from point A to point B without breaking something. But there are some things you can count on and those are what you do yourself.

So here are some tips from the packing pros at Better Homes and Gardens that will get you through this move as painlessly as possible.

Packing Tip #1: Don’t Empty Dressers

You don’t have to take everything out of your dressers when you move. Think about it; you’re going to take out all those clothes and linens, put them in a box, seal it up, move it to a truck, unpack it, open the box and put them back into the dresser. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Instead, make sure there is nothing too heavy and that the dresser isn’t a hernia waiting to happen when you move it and leave things in it accordingly.

Packing Tip #2: Put Similar Things Together

It might seem pretty basic, but a lot of people skip right over this one. If you’re packing a lamp, you just might pack the whole thing away. Instead, remove the lamp shade and put it with other lampshades. They usually fit in each other pretty well and won’t get damaged as easily. The light bulbs can be removed, wrapped and put with other light bulbs.

Packing Tip #3: Don’t Lose the Little Things

When possible, attach smaller things to their larger counterparts with tape or something similar. Remote controls and tvs, a finial for a lamp and brushes for your grill are all examples of things you could connect for the move. If you can’t tape something to its larger friend, wrap it in bright colored paper and put it with similar items so you know where they are and they don’t get lost at your new home.

Packing Tip #4: Old Sheets

Old fitted sheets that have been sitting in a closet for longer than you care to admit finally have a purpose. See, you weren’t lazy and a hoarder; you knew these things would have a purpose one day. And that purpose is to protect your mattresses and furniture during shipping. Put the fitted sheets on the mattress (one for each side) and your bed won’t be exposed to the dirt and nastiness out there. You can also wrap chairs, love seats and other fabric furniture in these to keep them safe and clean during the move.

Packing Tip #5: Double Box

Sensitive possessions like electronics are best moved with the most protection as possible. The easiest way to do this is to double box them. Even better, if you saved the original box of your purchase put it back in that and then put that in a box. Anything that will decrease the jostling and absorb shock is the way to go when it comes to computers, Blu-Ray players and other expensive and small stuff.