Sunday, December 26, 2010

Packing Tips from Nationwide Van Lines

Everybody at one point or another needs to move. When deciding to move, you sometimes forget that you also need to start packing. If you're among thousands of people who have picked up and moved their family to a new home or a new community, you have fresh memories of some of the ups and downs or thrills or frustrations of moving.

There are several things you can do to make your moving experience easier and less stressfull. Read here for help to get your life, and your possessions, organized, packed and ready to do.

Be orgenized and make a list

Itemize Everything - You will save some time for later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system to write the contents. You'll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Have a designated area for all your supplies. This is where you'll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific -- "Kitchen" is better than "glassware ", and "pillows" rather than "bedroom".

Buy enough supplies

Dont be a fulled - buy allot of boxes, you will need them! probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. Make sure you buy strong tape and plenty of it. The last thing you want to do is to go run more tape in the midlle of packing. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. I will mention this again, buy plenty of supplies because you will need them. Worst case, you can always return what you did not use.

Wardrobe Boxes

These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Most Wardrobe boxes can contain about 30 hangers (depends what you are haging) but whats good about them is that you have the bottom to fill up with other items such as your pillows, blankets etc. Wardrobe boxes take allot of room, but if used correctly , they are very effective.

Don't make the boxes too heavy to lift. If you are packing for the moving company or for yourself, you want the boxes to survive the trip and not to brake. Heav boxes eventually will collapse and double up your work.

Get things organized as early as possible. A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with with your last minute packing items such as your sheets and pillows. Pack hanging items tightly so things won't move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You'll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of a tall wardrobe box.

Again - Organization!

Have a different color on the boxes for its designated room in the new house. This will make your life so much easier when it comes time to unload the truck and start orgenizing the new home. Example is use yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc.

This will also help the movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It's also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, ("Boxes here please") to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.

We hope these few tips will help you make your packing experience easier. For more tips and guides you can visit our packing guide. Another great way to deal with the packing is having your movers do all the packing for you. Check out our Platinum packing service

Have a great move and think about Nationwide Van Lines for your upcoming relocation!


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    One more tip--if you throw caution to the wind and assume their lowball price is accurate, make sure the company confirms IN WRITING the EXACT DATE AND TIME they will pick up and drop off your stuff, along with a guarantee IN WRITING that the quoted price will not be exceeded. Otherwise, lots of luck.

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