With spring just around the corner it seems like a good time to go over Mike’s packing tips. These simple steps will help make your moving day a better one.

Plan ahead.

Plan to start packing several weeks before your move. This will give you plenty of time to get things organized at your own pace, thus eliminating stress.

Use the right size boxes.

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking. Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes. Spend the money on proper moving boxes as they will stack properly and reduce the risk of any damage. Visit Mike the Mover to get expert advice and purchase your packing materials.

Label your boxes with room and contents.

This will help Mike the Mover ‘s team of professionals to know where every box belongs in your new place. Try to pack items from the same room in the same set of boxes. Make sure you clearly label boxes according to what room they should go to in your new home.

Tape boxes well.

Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams.

Bundle breakables.

As you pack your dishes, put packing paper or bubble wrap around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in the appropriate boxes.

De-Clutter.

Clean out your closets and storage rooms before you begin packing, that way you can pack more quickly when the time comes. Instead of interrupting the process to throw things away, you can focus on organizing how you want to pack your items.

Purge.

Get rid of the things you don’t really want or need. Take this move as an opportunity to start fresh! Eliminating clutter will not only give you more space in your new home, it will reduce the amount of items that need to be packed and transported.

Watch your weight.

Don’t just dump everything you can into the fewest boxes possible. Keeping the weight of each box manageable will make the moving process safer and easier. Remember to place heavy, sturdy items on the bottom, and delicate, light items on the top. Provide enough padding and wrapping around objects to keep them safe from breaks and scratches.

Keep it clean.

Clean big items like TV’s, refrigerators, and other appliances before loading them into the moving truck. Dust and grease on the surfaces can make them hard to grab and keep a hold of.

Keep essentials close by.

Don’t pack your most important documents and belongings in boxes that go into the moving truck. Keep them with you in your car to make sure you have access to them at all times. This goes for ID’s, passports, birth certificates, jewelry, etc. If you have children, pack a bag that contains a few of their favorite toys, books, and snacks. Keep it with you in the car, and take it out once you arrive at your new home so that your kids can keep themselves occupied and happy while you’re unpacking.

Book your movers early.

Remember to confirm your moving date with Mike the Mover early to get the best service. Spring is a busy time for movers and you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best. Get a free online quote here.