The Biggest Packing “Don’ts”

Packing up to move is definitely not an easy task and it often associated with high stress levels and even anxiety. While there isn’t necessarily one “right way” to pack or prep for a move, there are a few common mistakes that you should try to avoid in order to help your packing go as smoothly as possible. 

  1. Supplies – No matter how many boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, moving tape or moving blankets you thought you’d need, chances are, you’ll still need more. As a general rule of thumb, when it doubt, it’s always better to have too much than too little as last minutes store runs to try and get extra boxes can make your moving day extra stressful. 
  2. Time – Moving is not the time to procrastinate. Not allowing for enough time to pack is easily one of the most common mistakes among movers and often leads to a last minute’s scramble trying to make sure that you’ve quite literally, thrown and shoved everything into your moving truck, even if it isn’t packed neatly into a box.
  3. Perfection – As much as we wish it could be, moving and packing is not a perfect science or art form, and mistakes will be made along the way. You can plan, prep, color code, and organize as much as possible, and while this does help some people, expecting perfection adds an extra layer of stress to the move that simply isn’t needed. Try to take a breath and embrace the mistakes and lack of perfection.  
  4. moving mistakesBreakables – Wrapping and protecting breakables is a huge task and often involves hours of wrapping, taping and careful placement. Due to its tedious nature, often packing of this sort is skipped or rushed, especially if you aren’t moving far, which can in turn lead to your valuables breaking in transit. 
  5. “Need” Box – While it may not be a common practice, by not packing a “need” box you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Pajamas, a toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, and any other items you  may need for the evening of your big move should be placed in this box so that once you get to your new home, while the chaos of unpacking and settling in will still be there, you’ll have everything you need to settle in for the night all in one box, eliminating the scramble of finding the bathroom box for your toothbrush, clothes for pajamas, etc. 
  6. Trucks & Extras – Reserving a truck ahead of time is a MUST. Don’t wait until the last minute to rent a moving truck as they are often unavailable, especially if you’ll need a larger truck or trailer and towing capabilities. It is also important to plan for and reserve any extra tools or equipment you’ll need such as a furniture dolly, moving truck lock, storage unit, etc. 

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