Unbreakable - 7 Effective Packing Tips for Your Next Move

Jayde Ferguson

Moving house can be an exciting new journey, but it’s also stressful too. From coordinating the right removal truck to much needed checklists and organisation skills, moving house can definitely get a little messy.

Packing boxes tends to be the most tiresome part of moving. But, knowing how to pack properly and choosing the right packing boxes can definitely ease those stress levels. We check out the top most effective packing tips to get you ready for your next move.

1. If it fits in a Box, Put it in a Box

The first rule when it comes to packing is if it fits in a box, put it in a box. It’s easy to get into the mindset that odd shaped items are best to just put it in the back of the car, but doing this can cause more of a disorganised mess. For example, if you’re packing a lamp; make sure you pack the lamp into a box and make use of pillows and other bits and pieces to pack around it. This will be much easier than sitting the lamp in the backseat of your car or trying to squeeze it in between boxes in the moving truck. You’re moving company will love you for it too!

It’s important when packing though, you opt for boxes that are brand new. Choosing the right boxes for your move will ensure your valuable items are safe. If you can’t get your hands on new packing boxes, high-quality second hand boxes will be fine too.

2. Layer Kitchen Boxes with Paper

Kitchen items are notorious for breaking - from your fine china plates to your prized wine glasses and champagne flutes – adequate padding is essential. Scrunched up paper is your best friend when it comes to the kitchen so make sure you have lots on hand. Pack your plates on the side to avoid them getting crushed and this helps to create more room in the packing box too for other kitchen items.

Scrunched up paper should be filled in between the plates and other items. You can ask your local butcher for some sheets of paper, or use newspaper. If you are storing wine, it’s best to use the wine separator boxes specifically designed for them too so any breakages are avoided.

3. Use Small Boxes for Heavier Items

Heavier items like books should always be placed in smaller boxes. This prevents the weight of the box being too heavy or the bottom of the box giving way from the weight. A good rule of thumb is that the weight of a full box should be 15kilos and under.

DVD and CD collections should also be packed in smaller boxes too. If you’re packing a mix of heavy and lighter items, the heavier items should always be backs at the bottom of the box. By putting the lighter items on top, you avoid items crushing under the weight and you’ll make the box more stable so it’s less likely to fall over whilst being transported. Make sure too, you reinforce the bottom of the box with masking tape to avoid the box tearing or buckling under the weight.

4. Save Space with Electronics

Packing electronics into a box of their own can be a waste of space. Whilst it can feel like the easier solution – throwing all those cords and electronic bits into a box and taping it up – there’s smarter ways that’ll save you space hassles down the track.

Instead, wrap electronics in clothes or linen. This will help to save space by combining the two together and will ensure the box is well padded and filled to the top. By using soft packing items like linen, towels and clothes you’ll also be able to safe guard the little things too. Fitted sheets are a great way to protect other items too; for example, use a fitted sheet to protect other furniture or mattress. Once you’re in the new house, you can easily remove the fitted sheet and wash. This article provides some good information about how to save space and de-clutter when moving house.

5. Leave Clothes in Drawers

Whilst it’s a great idea to make use of clothes to keep items in boxes safe, most times the linen and towels will be sufficient. For the clothes that won’t be used as additional padding, it makes more sense to leave them in their original drawers.

Providing someone is able to carry the drawers properly, this will save the hassle of taking everything out, packing and unpacking later. In order for this trick to work effectively, it’s advised not to tape the drawers shut as this can leave marks. Thus, it’s absolutely essential the drawers are carried correctly so the drawers don’t open and everything falls out. This trick can also be used for bedside tables.

6. Fill Boxes to Top

Make use of the space within your packing boxes and ensure everything is filled to the top. This doesn’t always need to mean the box is filled to the top with heavy items though. It’s still highly recommended to not mix different rooms with various boxes. Instead of finding items from another room to fill the box, make use of linen, towel and scrunched up paper.

Not only will this provide extra padding for your items, but it’ll save everything in the box shifting with the extra space during the move too.

7. Tape Properly and Write on Both Sides

By using boxes that are brand new or of a high quality, you’ll avoid any issues with the boxes splitting or giving in from the weight. It’s still vital though, that all boxes are taped properly (bottom and top) to ensure your items are safe throughout the move.

To avoid any confusion in your new home, label all boxes accordingly. You should write on both sides of the box (top and side) whether the items are fragile and what room they are from. If the box cannot go on its side, label with arrows pointing up so the movers are aware.

Moving house doesn’t have to be a stress. In fact, it can provide the perfect opportunity to start a fresh and clear out those unused bits and pieces. As you pack boxes, make sure you throw out or give away things you don’t need anymore. Not only will this reduce the amount of boxes you need to move, but it will give you a nice clean space in your new home too.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Budget Self Pack Containers – Australia’s top interstate removalists with quality containers and boxes to help you with your next move. You can catch Jayde on Google+.