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Relocation Made Easy With Moving and Packing Tips

Having to relocate could be a nightmare because of all the packing, packaging and moving involved. When you get to the new place, you would again have to start with all the sorting, arranging and setting things in order. It is not a small task and can be quite confusing if you have no experience. Here is a collection of the most important tips that can help make relocation and the associated packing and moving easier and less stressful.

Make a list

If you have had no experience with relocation, the first thing that comes to mind is to simply begin stuffing things in moving boxes and getting ready for the movers. If you do that you can be sure that you have just created a lot of future headache for yourself. The first step should be to make a list. A spiral notebook should be handy and you should always make sure that every thing placed inside a box should be listed.

Give each box a number and write down all its content against the number. Try to be specific when listing down the contents of the box as this will make it easier for you to locate and retrieve items later. Create a central command space where you would keep your supplies and this is the only place where you can put down your notebook of record so that it is always easy to retrieve.

Get enough supplies

You would need lots of moving boxes and other necessary supplies such as stickers, bubble wrap, packaging-paper, tapes and other required items. Having more than enough boxes and supplies is better than having less than you need. You can get boxes and supplies from the movers or departmental stores and you could always return unused ones. Calculate the number of boxes you think you would need and then get at least 10 extra. You would find them handy as there would always be many items that you never though of.

Make use of wardrobe boxes

These boxes are tall and bulky enough to contain hanging clothes, blankets, cushions, pillows and comforters. Try to calculate the number of wardrobe boxes you would need and try to make arrangements so that you have enough to carry all your hanging clothes and other items. When packing your boxes, be sure not to over stuff them so that they are not too heavy to lift. Also make sure that they are secured so that the bottom doesn’t give way when the box is being loaded on the truck.

Make efficient use of boxes

You would need more packaging boxes if you just stuff things into them. Try to strategically arrange things inside the box so that the box contains more items without being too heavy. For example, the bottom of a wardrobe box could contain shopping bags filled up with items such as belts, shoes, sweaters and jeans. You can then hang your clothes, packing them tightly so that they don’t bang around and fall off. Then you can add some bags, purses and sweaters on the top. This way one wardrobe box could take a lot and still remain manageable. Do not place fragile items with other items that could break them in the same box.

Color coordinate

To make it easier to pack and unpack items when you relocate, you would need to coordinate your use of colors. Assign colors to each room in the new apartment, so that, for example red is for kitchen, yellow for dinning room and so on. All boxes containing items meant for the kitchen should then have a visible yellow sticker on them. In the new apartment place a yellow sticker on the door of the kitchen and the movers would know where to drop everything.

Keep things together

Keeping things together makes packaging and relocation easier. Bookends should go with books, bulbs with their lamps, electrical appliances with cord extensions and so forth. This will prevent you from searching for lost items when you arrive. Small sized items can be placed in an envelope or paper bag and attached to the main items with a tape to keep them together.

Start early

Relocation and packaging items is not always as easy as it may seem. Do not wait till the very day you plan to relocate before you begin. You can start several days ahead to start sorting and boxing items that you wouldn’t use until the day of the move. This makes the work easier and gives you time to resolve problems as they come along. Start stripping down and boxing items such as your winter clothes (if its summer), extra groceries, cosmetics, clothes, kitchen utensils, electrical appliances that you don’t need to use until the day of the move. Keep only the bare essentials that you need to use for the next few days until you have to move. If the place would have to be cleaned before you move, gather and keep the necessary cleaning supplies on hand.

Use your luggage

Your luggage, waste basket, duffle bags can all be converted to packing boxes. Don’t spare them, but make good use of them to take the essential items that you would need to make use of as soon as you arrive. It’s easier to spot and lay hold of your luggage and duffel bags that to begin looking for a particular box containing some essentials when you arrive.

Safeguard valuables

Valuable items should be treated specially to avoid damages and losses. Items such as family heirlooms, jewelries, antiques, collections and silverware should be carefully packed to keep the safe. If you would be driving along in your personal car, have these items with you. If the items have to go along with the movers you can make an inventory and bring it to the attention of the movers to take proper care of them. It also helps to check your insurance to confirm how you are protected in case of eventualities. You may need to have extra insurance to be adequately protected. Also be aware of paperwork that you may need to claim a loss if the need does arise.

Important papers such as birth certificates, bank records, receipts, school records, photos, utility company information, bills, maps, closing papers, stock bonds, closing papers, phone lists and more should always be kept and transported by you when you relocate.

Personal boxes

If you are moving with family members, get each member to have a uniquely colored box filled with items that they would need immediately they arrive at the new location. These would include sheets, extension cords, Kleenex, nightlights, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, pens, address book, personal cosmetics and so on. This way they can easily begin to function as soon as they arrive when they may be too tired to start sorting and unpacking.

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